Great Court Restaurant

British Museum, Great Russell Street , London, WC1B 3DG

Great Court Restaurant
Great Court Restaurant

SquareMeal Review of Great Court Restaurant

Occupying an enviable position amidst the overstated grandeur of the British Museum’s Great Court, this Benugo-run restaurant sits happily beneath the building’s impressive domed glass roof. Thanks to some clever planning, the space has an almost-serene vibe very different to the attraction’s inevitable bustle, helped by accomplished service that is speedy but not rushed. The menu also deviates from the please-all, cash-cow options you might expect: prawn ceviche is given a vibrant kick with generous amounts of fresh lime and spikes of hot red chilli, while chicken ‘saltimbocca’ shows off pleasingly succulent meat crowned by a shard of crisp jamón. Staff scoop plump marinated olives from jars and carve legs of ham from the central bar, and a range of sherries tagged onto the wine list also reinforces the venue’s underplayed Hispanic theme. A boon in this tourist-trap part of town.

Great Court Restaurant Location

British Museum, Great Russell Street , London WC1B 3DG

Opening times

Mon-Sun 11.30am-5.30pm (Fri -8pm)

Great Court Restaurant's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 5.0

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Service: 3.0

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Atmosphere: 8.0

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Value: 2.0

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 1

26 March 2014

I booked this restaurant as we were attending a British museum members evening. We arrived and were shown to quite a nice table but it was downhill from there. There was only a ‘Viking set dinner’ available at £22.50 for 2 courses and £27 for 3. The choices were uninspiring and we wanted to order from the a la carte menu but were told this was not available, not even the side dishes. My husband only wanted one course but was charged for 2 and was only very begrudgingly refunded the money. My starter was mean and finished in under a minute. Service was at best patronising. I will not return to this restaurant and it is a shame as it would have been good to have somewhere good to eat at the BM.

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