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1 Pearson Square
020 3761 0200
Visit Percy & Founders
Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia
Polished and sprawling, this vast, all-wood space in what was once the Middlesex Hospital (although you wouldn’t know it) packs a comforting restorative punch with its “wholesome food”. The all-day menu majors in casual-dining classics: gooey-centred Scotch egg, Kilner jars of crab, apple and celeriac, braised beef rib and gravy, venison shepherd’s pie, and at least five cuts of Josper-grilled steak. Desserts at Percy & Founders show more innovation, although the likes of white chocolate mousse overwhelmed by lurid basil sorbet are no better for it. Service (smart-casual, like the setting) comes with a chat and a smile, while 10 ‘sharpeners’ (perhaps a geographically apposite Fizz Rovia) kick off a compact wine list priced just right for an egalitarian clientele. Terraces offer views of the old hospital chapel, while chef’s tables by the open kitchen are a boon for groups.
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Food & Drink: 4.0
We LOVE this venue and attend time and time again- 5 stars!
Percy & Founders is very close to my office. Being a media business we like to entertain our clients and staff - so we have frequented their establishment a fair amount of over the last year or so. They never fail to let us down - the service (from the moment you make the panicked call to check if they have a table for 16 .... to the step through their gorgeous lobby ... to being seated on their comfortable banquets .... to eating the rather nice food) is just top notch. We love them - whoever runs this show/restaurant knows their stuff as it's like a constant lesson on 'how to make people feel good and eat well'.
Well done P&F - our business is yours for as long as you keep up the great standards!
The menu at Percy & Founders is the perfect length, with a good range of wholesome food without too much choice. The lamb was perfectly cooked and came with beautifully fluffy mash which would have been accompanied brilliantly with some crunchy green beans, but the sides need to be ordered separately with a fairly limited choice of vegetables. I found myself gazing longingly at the chicken wellington on the next table, which smelled delicious, but unfortunately needs to be shared between 2 or more people (unless you want to shell out £19 to enjoy it alone). I found the prices high for the type of restaurant that Percy and Founders is; it is a truly safe bet for good food in a nondescript environment. Perfect for entertaining clients or a family meal, but avoid if you are looking for an atmospheric and fun night out. The exclusion to that rule may be for groups of 6-8, who can be accommodated on large tables in front of the kitchen, the most buzzy area of the restaurant. There was no-one in the bar area when I visited, but i'm sure the atmosphere would be much improved with a few bodies in there. I will certainly be visiting P&F again and will have my fingers crossed that it is busy; the prospect of such a large restaurant being half empty is a scary one.
Set in the heart of the restaurant, The Banquette is perfectly suited to a relaxed lunch or dinner, with commanding views of the main bar.
THE READING ROOM
The Reading Room is a relaxed and casual, semi-private space that can cater for dining, drinks and canapés.
THE DINING ROOM
The Dining Room is at the heart of Percy & Founders and features an original stone doorway, from the Fitzrovia chapel which previously stood here. This elegant space is ideal for a private dinner or drinks reception.
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