Le Pot Lyonnais

36-40 Queenstown Road , London, SW8 3RY

SquareMeal Review of Le Pot Lyonnais

Catch Le Pot on a good day & it’s perfect. Sit with a verre de vin rouge, soaking-in the rays of the sinking sun while watching Queenstown Road flow past, or sink into the sofas in the bar for a pastis. The place has the feel of a proper French brasserie, complete with French staff. Locals pop by for salade au lardons et croûtons, foie de veau & tarte Tatin, & boast about their journeys to their second homes in the Dordogne. The flipside, though, are the bad days, when the entire place seems to have a hangover. Service is then snail-like, with an attitude to match, & the food, when it finally arrives, isn’t worth the wait. On such occasions, cut your losses fast & go elsewhere.

Le Pot Lyonnais Location

36-40 Queenstown Road , London SW8 3RY

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020 7622 2618

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Opening times

Mon-Sun 10am-11pm

Le Pot Lyonnais's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 5.3

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Service: 4.3

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Atmosphere: 4.7

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Value: 4.5

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

30 November 2011

I live very close to this restaurant in clapham and have many different places to choose from but always get lured back for another meal. Its wierd in the sense that there is nothing that blows this place away in terms of a swanky place to go its just got a really homely feel about the place. Its just very relaxed and the food is always good. I have had the onglet here pretty much every time i have been there as i find it so good I sort of feel i dont want to go off track but today my girlfriend and I went for dinner and found out it was steak night so there were a number of other more expensive cuts to try for much less than on non steak night (which is only friday and saturday night) We went for the chateaubriand which was absolutely delicious and I now dont know what to do next time I go there as i really like both dishes!! In terms of the owner he is a sort of typical slightly grumpy french restaurant owner, but in a sweet and endearing way. He has been there for a long time and I think he genuinely cares about the food he produces. I have nothing to gain from writing this article other than i would hate for this restaurant to ever shut down as it has that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that french restaurant that has been transposed from any back street french city feel to it. I am sorry that some people have had bad experiences but i have never one and will continue to go back. Go there if you are looking for a laid back atmosphere and rustic french dining experience, not if you are looking for a posh dining experience.

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 0

Value: 2

28 October 2010

Unfortunately I can't recommend dining here. The service is at best indifferent and at worst resentful, the cooked breakfasts no better than those from the caf down the road and we waited over 20 minutes for drinks and 45 for food to arrive – one poached egg was only partially cooked so couldn't finish my meal. Please spare yourself the disappointment of this place!

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 0

04 October 2010

I went for lunch at Le Bouchon Lyonnais on Queenstown Rd in Battersea two Saturdays ago. We had had a truly dreadful experience. I was a bit more than peckish after a walk in Battersea Park and thought that a hearty French onion soup would fit the bill. At just shy of £7 I imagined it would be a large bowl of earthy homey fare.My wife ordered the full English breakfast. We had to wait an eternity (possibly 40 mins) for the food to arrive and no apology was made in the interim for the delay. My soup arrived in a suitable hearty-sized bowl but I had to peer down over the edge into the depths of the interior to locate the five or six soup-spoonfulls which constituted the serving. As a reflex, I almost picked up the spoon and started to eat but, fortunately, a deeper sense of having-the—piss-extracted prevented me from tucking in. I decided to approach the waitress who seemed to be in charge of front-of-house with said untouched bowl for her comments. She showed little interest or concern and merely offered to go to the kitchen to get some more soup added to the bowl, which, at that point,righteous indignation mounting, was hardly the point! Meanwhile my wife had located a strand of hair in her scrambled egg which was also brought to the attention of the waitress who reacted with her customary nonchalance. I asked to speak to the manager about both issues. I was told that it was not possible because he was cooking- why was he cooking?- and that anything I had to say should be addressed to the front-of-house waitress-oh and, by the way, ‘there is nobody in the kitchen with that colour hair’ !!! No hint of apology or gesture of reparation on either count. This was certainly an object lesson in how not to treat your clientele. The arrogance of the management beggars belief. I can only endorse the views of other reviewers who suffered similarly bad experiences here. Clearly things have not improved lately. i paid for an adequate goat's cheese salad ordered by the third member of our party but refused to consume or pay for the disputed dishes. I will not be going back, and neither should you!!