Hardy's

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Secreted on a quiet corner since the 80s, Nick de Bastarrechea’s bistro embodies the notion of a neighbourhood eatery; the idea of calling in here on the way home from work quickens many locals’ step. Out front there’s a clutch of pavement tables & a blackboard announcing the arrival of seasonal treats. Beyond the café curtains is a brasserie with a laid-back, bashed-up feel, plus a smarter dining room – both looked after by a willing team. There are no surprises on the menu, although a high comfort factor is sharpened by contemporary garnishes; a starter of broad beans with goats’ curd & mint might give way to fishcakes with a poached egg, hollandaise & spinach, while chocolate & walnut cake is correctly matched with pouring cream. Interesting, personally chosen wines, too.

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Hardy's

53 Dorset Street ,London W1U 7NH

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Frozen Fish!

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Dec 2016

I had the fish and chips and, whilst the chips were well cooked and crispy, the fish was an oblong shaped block which looked and tasted suspiciously like it had come out of a packet from the freezer. In saying that, the pureed peas were very good indeed. My colleague had a shepherd's pie with frozen peas which looked very ordinary though he made no comment (he was paying!). For desert I had a very small portion of rum and raisin ice cream (couldn't taste the rum!). However, the restaurant...

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Sara O.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Hardy's

53 Dorset Street ,London W1U 7NH

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by   platinum reviewer (153)

Jul 2010

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Wiktionary defines local as: “one's nearest or regularly frequented public house or restaurant”. (It used to say bar, but such is the joy of all things Wiki, I changed it. No doubt it will have been changed back by now, but I will have made my point anyway). Hardy's is my nearest, although not most regularly frequented, restaurant; thank heavens too that the Barley Mow has been thoughtfully and carefully restored, and has reopend as a boozer. This lovely gem of a pub was closed for way too long,...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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53 Dorset Street ,London W1U 7NH

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Mar 2010

Hardys produces consistently good food with friendly service but when I visited in late March it was freezing cold – so cold that I had to keep on a coat and scarf throughout the meal. When I asked if the heating could be turned up I was informed that there was none!

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 8

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53 Dorset Street ,London W1U 7NH

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by   silver reviewer (29)

Nov 2008

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Hardy's is one of my local restaurants, but I haven't been more than a few times. There's nothing much to complain about, but it doesn't surprise much on the upside either. The atmosphere, when full, is cozy and vibrant, but they seem to have a hard time filling the place. In fact, I've been one of only clients there at, what I would assume to be, prime dining time. The food is alright and priced thereafter. I personally quite enjoyed the steak, even though it was presented in a very straight forward...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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Essential Details for Hardy's

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: Marylebone
  • Price: £39.00
  • Wine: £16.00
  • Champagne: £29.95
  • Lunch: £8.50/10.50 (2/3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 12,22,30

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