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A restaurant like they used to make ’em, this blushing rose has been fluttering its eyelashes at customers for more than half a century – “it’s so French and so very romantic”, drools one long-time fan. With a quiet terrace for balmy evenings and a bare-brick interior filled with bushels of dried herbs, flowers and twinkly candles, La Poule au Pot has built up a charming patina over the years – half of London’s ladies and gents must have been here for dates, liaisons and family get-togethers. The menu is as predictably Gallic as the waiters’ accents (think soupe à l’oignon and escargots ahead of bouillabaisse, boeuf bourguignon and magret de canard with foie gras), but the cooking has always been good enough to warrant the fondness it engenders. To drink, the house wine (poured from a magnum) is fine, but prospective fathers-in-law prefer the posh Champagnes and clarets.

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La Poule au Pot

231 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 8UT

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Feb 2013

La Poule au Pot – a delightful French bistro and a firm favourite of ours. Perfect for a relaxed weekend lunch, whiling away the day with friends over good food and wine. We'd happily recommend it to friends and family, and we've brought both here on previous occasions. Good, solid, French classic dishes served in a charming, relaxed, informal, cosy, quirkily rustic setting. We've been coming here for about 6 years. My wife and I recently went for lunch on a Saturday in January and we were yet again...

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Toby G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Jan 2013

Editor's pick The first Monday “back at school” in January and, despite healthy New Year's Resolutions and Christmas-induced poverty, Poule-au-Pot is rammed and there's no better recommendation than that. This place always seems to be busy, yet the maitre d' usually manages to find a table to squeeze a few hopeful girls in. And a squeeze it is, as the tables are really squashed together wherever they can shoe-horn them in. But it all adds to the atmosphere which is lively, shambolic, chic and traditional all at...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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231 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 8UT

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Jul 2012

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of being taken to lunch at Le Poule au Pot. It was certainly one of the best lunches I have had in a long time. The onion tarte was wonderful; perfect pastry and deliciously caramelised onions. I then followed with chicken breast in tarragon sauce and the breast was moist and the sauce ideally seasoned with not too much tarragon. Being a greedy mare, and on the recommendation of my host, I then had the creme brulee which was just yummy. Two bottles of Pouilly...

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Julia P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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231 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 8UT

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Jan 2012

The manager here is one of the most arrogant and rude individuals I've ever met! He was openly swearing at his waiters in front of us, which is not acceptable behaviour. He shouted at my table for signing happy birthday to a friend and he absolutely ruined our meal. The restaurant is so pretty , the food is ok ( although I've had better food in other French bistros in London ) and it could be a fabulous establishment to eat in. However the manager here would probably be better suited bullying his...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Jan 2012

I have been going to La Poule au Pot on and off (probably annually on average) for years and it's like many frustrating things in life – you anticipate it with relish only to be let down by the reality. Presumably the gaps between my visits are as long as it takes me to forget the bad and hang on to the delusion of proper French charm and quality. The good bits tend to be the starters and desserts. Deserving special mention, the quiche a l'oignon, the tarte tatin and the creme brulee are all bistro...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 4

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Apr 2011

I had wanted to try La Poule au Pot for well over a year. An opportunity finally arose but MAN was I disappointed. It was like Epcot had come to Pimlico – all atmosphere an NO true, authentic delivery. The design of the restaurant is charming and seduces you immediately into sweet expectation of the food to come. But then they bring you around a choice of brown or white bread served out of a big basket and it is here where the nightmare begins. This restaurant can't be owned and run by the French…the...

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K G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 1

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231 Ebury Street ,London SW1W 8UT

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by   (1)

Feb 2011

Poor Stephanie! She either got out of bed on the wrong side or is very unlucky. I have been eating at la Poule au Pot for more years than I care to remember and can honestly say that I have never had an experience such as hers. In general I have found the service charming and attentive with the odd hiccup when they are very busy but never disturbing. The food whilst not Michlin star cooking has always delivered, as promised, classic French bistro/brasserie dishes executed to a high standard. It is...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 6

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Nov 2010

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

I hadn't been in many years and decided to visit again with some friends. It was certainly nothing like I remembered it! The service was generally dire – we had to ask repeatedly for water, glasses, etc. I had the mushroom soup to start which was reasonably good, followed by the tuna which I asked to be “grillee au point” – it arrived cooked completely through. No one thought to take the time to ask us how our food was and gaining the attention of any of the staff was difficult at best. The creme...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 3

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Oct 2010

I have been going to La Poule au Pot for the last ten years but had not been for 12 months, I was worried by the reviews I read on here ahead of my visit last weekend but decided to go and see for myself…I was not disappointed from the service I received when booking to when I arrived at the restaurant, we had a great table, the service was excellent and the atmosphere (which is, undoubtedly, its main draw) was as intimate and charming as always. The restaurant was buzzing and there was not an empty...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Essential Details for La Poule au Pot

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Belgravia
  • Price: £54.00
  • Wine: £24.50
  • Champagne: £51.00
  • Lunch: £18.75/22.75 (2/3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 16

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