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“I can’t contain how happy I am when I eat here,” says a fan of this Jason Atherton restaurant, which is both little and sociable – note its size, noise levels and richly convivial French-skewed dishes. The proximity of big boy Pollen Street Social across the road might cast this “refreshing small gem” in the role of plucky upstart, but Atherton’s trademark polish and “immaculate” detailing are evident throughout – from the charming well-drilled staff and design with a purpose (think French fantasy with a knowing London wink) to the finely rendered seasonal food. Just as customers must speak up rather than murmur, the kitchen revels in flavours with presence – perhaps meaty roasted ceps with garlicky smoked almond butter on toasted brioche, côte de porc or roast cod with girolles, celeriac purée and jus gras. Steaks and burgers try to steal the limelight, tarte Tatin is now the default dessert for twosomes, and cannily chosen wines neatly sidestep the obvious.

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This Parisian-style bistro across the road from the main Pollen Street restaurant is a good example of condensation, with fewer than 50 wines, half by the glass/carafe. It’s heavily French, but there are still flashes of quirkiness alongside the classics, it looks great and it’s easy to follow.

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2/3 courses & a glass of Champagne £19/ £24

From a set menu. Lunch seating times are 2 hours, dinner seating times are 1 hour 30 minutes.

Available: 12 September 2017

Max: 6 people

Expires: 31 October 2017

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Little Social
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Little Social

5 Pollen Street ,London W1S 1NE

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Curiosity satisfied, and this place is good

by   platinum reviewer (97)

Apr 2015

I've eaten in a few of Jason Atherton's restaurants, and always I've left feeling that I've been given very good food, with no disappointments, and a feeling that I've had decent value. But of course most of the food I've eaten has been "modern European" and I have wondered whether he could translate his values to what is billed as a bistro, but turns out to have some interesting twists. We both chose the set three course lunch today, in a restaurant that with...

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David H.'s rating

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

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Little Social

5 Pollen Street ,London W1S 1NE

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Amazing food, beautiful setting but oh so noisy...

by   bronze reviewer (9)

Feb 2015

This was the fifth Atherton venue we've checked out so we knew the food would be amazing and it was. I was trying to be healthy and though I might be dissappointed by the carrot and clementine salad. How wrong I was. I never knew healthy food could be so tasty and it felt wonderful to feel so virtuous. We had looked into the restaurant as we left the neighbouring Pollen Street Social recently and it looked cosy and romantic so I thought it would make a great venue for a celebratory lunch for...

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Samantha E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 7

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Little Social

5 Pollen Street ,London W1S 1NE

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by   bronze reviewer (5)

Aug 2014

We went for an early Friday lunch. By 1.00 pm, every table full. No austerity in Mayfair! Excellent light salad starter of baby carrots avocado and orange. For main I had the musroom tagliatelle which was refined. My guest had the cod which looked perfect. Wines are eye-wateringly expensive, so I stuck with the house organic Loire white which does the brasserie proud. Far less “up itself” than the posh sister Pollen Street Social opposite. I know which I'd rather lunch with friends.

Paul B.'s rating

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

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Little Social

5 Pollen Street ,London W1S 1NE

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by   bronze reviewer (13)

Aug 2014

A suprisingly low key venue, I actually managed to walk straight past it without realising and had to double back and look more carefully when I reached the end of the street. Decor is shabby chic, with bare boards and tables, simple furniture. It is effective in evoking a Parisian brasserie. I liked it. Certainly encourages a very relaxed atmosphere, more jeans and t-shirts than suits and ties. Service was good – attentive enough without being overbearing, friendly staff. By far the standout star...

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Andrew H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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5 Pollen Street ,London W1S 1NE

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Jan 2014

First time at this restaurant after a couple of recommendations. Impressed overall, decor and table set up are appealing, though the individual chairs were a little uncomfortable. Very nice menu, not too extensive but offering wide choice and variety. Excellent value prix fixe which we enjoyed. Friendly and professional service, and an engaging sommelier who was happy to chat through wine choices from an interesting and fairly priced list. Will definitely return and recommend.

John C.'s rating

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

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5 Pollen Street ,London W1S 1NE

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Little in name but Big in food, service and ambiance.

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Sep 2013

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Had a lovely lunch at Little Social yesterday. First time at this restaurant and was not disappointed. a really nice relaxed ambiance and a good menu. Loved the lobster but the desserts we shared were amazing. A lovely experience.

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

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5 Pollen Street ,London W1S 1NE

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Believe the recommendations

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Aug 2013

I went to Little Social last night and had an absolutely brilliant and memorable meal. I am always looking for formal yet friendly and relaxed restaurants and this manages to toe that difficult line. Service is attentive but not imposing, and charming and friendly without being overfamiliar. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and perfect portion sizes. Not quite faultless, but very close – and more importantly there is some really exciting cooking going on – great flavour combinations...

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Imogen P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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5 Pollen Street ,London W1S 1NE

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Needs to think bigger

by   platinum reviewer (216)

Jun 2013

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After having thoroughly enjoyed Pollen Street Social on several occasions, I approached Little Social with some anticipation, intrigued as much as anything to see whether Jason Atherton could continue to work his magic in another restaurant formula or whether Pollen Street’s smaller sibling would be an example of brand-extension-gone-too-far, an unnecessarily bold incursion situated directly opposite its precursor. In the end, it was a bit of an anti-climax, good, but not exceptional. Overall, if...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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5 Pollen Street ,London W1S 1NE

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Little brother comes good

by   platinum reviewer (62)

Jun 2013

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We all hate little brothers don’t we – especially when they are out having fun and you are hard at work. When they go travelling, clubbing and hanging with the cool kids, whilst you toil away. Little Social is Pollen Street Social’s younger, less slick, but slightly edgier, brother. But whilst Pollen Street got himself a nice suit and started work, Little Social decided to do some travelling, stopping off in France and acquired a few vaguely battered edges to make him more interesting, together...

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

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    Culina Sophia :: Little Social - Review - Culina

    Little Social is impeccable. Nestled in a slither of a side street, it is an Elysium secluded from the tourist-thronged pavements of Regents St. Jason Atherton’s classic French bistro interior strikes a harmonious balance between refined elegance and comfortableness. Johannes, soon-to-be manager, glides around the room attentively, infusing it with his charm. The menu is French inspired Modern European with subtly innovative twists and combinations...
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    quiet eating :: Little Social | Quiet eating

    It seems that Jason Atherton is becoming increasingly famous and successful. I think he has opened branches in Hong Kong and Singapore. Naturally, having being to Pollen Street Social, I felt I had to try another one of his social events. Little social. Slightly fastidious person that I am, I also brought along my big camera. However, due to my friends’ lack of appreciation for my methodical methods, my photos didn’t turn out that well. Well, that’s my excuse at least. I fell victim to expensive camera, lack of skill problems. Money can’t buy you taste sometimes.

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    Neil On Meals :: Little Social, Mayfair, London | Neil On Meals

    For as long as I can remember, Saturdays throughout my childhood were dominated by football. Football training in the morning followed by watching one of the local teams (Nantwich Town or Crewe Alexandra) in the afternoon with my brother and old man. As I have matured into middle age (I’m 30 next year!!) football isn’t quite the all-encompassing entity that it once was at the weekend (although I do dust off the boots occasionally). Nevertheless, when my brother (who lives just outside London) offers me a ticket for the Arsenal, I can’t say no.

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Jason Atherton

A Gordon Ramsay protégé and the first Brit to complete a stage at el Bulli, Skegness boy Jason Atherton is now one of the UK’s most prolific chefs. Since leaving Maze in 2010, he’s worked tirelessly, opening a raft of style-conscious ‘Social’ restaurants including Pollen Street Social, City Social et al. He also helped to launch Berners Tavern and the Typing Room, and has overseas interests in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and now New York.

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Tucked away at the back of the restaurant with an ox-blood banquette and beautiful antique elm table, Little Social’s semi-private dining room is perfect for an intimate lunch or dinner. Menus use British produce, with a nod towards some typically French plates.

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