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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016 “Relaxed and social, yet with an air of sophistication” is one reader’s verdict on this quietly confident, Michelin-starred Jason Atherton hotspot, which bears all the hallmarks of recent hip restaurant trends – from moody lighting, exposed brickwork, restored furniture and heavy curtains to cool-dude vibes and high-decibel chatter. Chef/patron Paul Hood (previously at Atherton’s flagship, Pollen Street Social) oversees an ever-creative repertoire of refined dishes that champion British ingredients while taking inspiration from around the globe. Morsels of Cornish cod are encased in raviolo with prawns and Swiss chard, slow-cooked venison loin is paired with instantly addictive beef-fat carrots and swirls of sweet mascarpone with cumin, while confit lamb fillet is accompanied by butternut squash, sprout leaves, ras-el-hanout, white kale and haggis. Simpler pleasure is provided by macaroni with Montgomery Cheddar, Parmesan and chanterelles, or go for broke downstairs with a seven-course blow-out at the chef’s counter overlooking the hubbub of the kitchen. Expect “beautiful presentation” across the board, slick service and a strong cocktail offering – save room for the alcoholic dessert sundaes.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House in Soho brings a slightly retro feel to its wine list, referencing the classic old French bistro menus of the 20th century. It has charm and character and is unfussy enough to allow diners to see quickly what’s available. It is, as you might expect, mostly French – and almost entirely European – but there are some good names nonetheless and the pricing is fair.


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Social Eating House
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Social Eating House

58 Poland Street ,London W1F 7NR

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Contemporary bistro

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Jun 2017

A warm Saturday evening in June and we were looking to eat before a late comedy show. Crusty sourdough bread and smoked butter were very good, and to start we had Cornish crab salad, bitter leaf, quince, apple, Nashi pear, and thin crunchy brown crab toast with cured egg yolk, and the Salt-baked Jerusalem artichoke, Iberico de Bellota, Arlington White egg, Langres, and spring truffle - these are beautifully presented, we were off to a good start. The baked hake, hispi cabbage, crab, Tokyo turnip...

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Lynn W.'s rating

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

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Fit for a celebration

by   bronze reviewer (13)

Mar 2016

Editor's pick Went to Social Eating House on a Wednesday for a little celebration meal with my partner. From the moment we stepped inside the service just flowed - we were shown to the table, had our coats taken, we were given menus and left to decide on the drinks. Since I couldn't decide on the cocktail I wanted the bartender came round to find out what flavours I liked to create a cocktail to my taste. The food was amazing - starting from the lovely smoked butter that came with the bread. For starter I...

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

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Decent, but not quite as good as (say) Little Social

by   platinum reviewer (96)

Sep 2015

First visit yesterday to a fairly busy Social Eating House. First of all the restaurant itself. Its a dark, pubby looking place that seems to be a common look at the moment but makes it difficult to form an immediate view of its quality. Social Eating House could be anything from a starred restaurant to a gastropub. I think we're still with the blond woods of the previous generation, or indeed thick carpets and white tablecloths will do very nicely too. As well as the "pub" look...

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

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No shortage of salt

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Nov 2014

I visited Social Eating House in November 2014. The bar upstairs and the dining room on the ground floor are full of atmosphere and energy. Although the tables are spaced reasonably apart, this is not a restaurant to visit for a quiet, romantic evening. It is very lively! The menu was interesting and has something for everyone. However, sadly my choices did not live up to what I expected. My mushroom starter and cod main were absolutely overpowered by salt. I confess to not using much salt...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Don't believe the hype - this place has serious problems!

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Nov 2014

Took my wife to dinner here on Halloween, as a belated birthday meal. Got there a few minutes early and staff had an argument about whether our table was ready or not... we were told to go to the bar upstairs, then told not to because the table was ready. So we went in and it was packed and the noise was deafening... all these rich yuppies chattering so loud you could not hear yourself think. There were tons of waitresses around, they were obviously hired for looking good, but their skills were...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 2

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Is this a Soho gem?

by   platinum reviewer (122)

Sep 2014

Two days after eating in Pollen Street Social, we found ourselves in SEH, so we could make a direct comparison. In contrast to the formalities of Pollen Street Social, the room is darker as window frontage is so small and has been set up in such a way as to evoke a rustic feel with bare brick walls, whilst still managing to be dignified. Although a more casual dining affair, the dishes still require care and attention which they mostly get. Experience fresh, vibrant flavours in salad, or comforting...

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

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May 2014

Had heard this was a bit more low key/brasserie style. it may be in design, but food was still shooting for stars. Not that this is a problem, in fact it was great, just not a great contrast to the other ‘socials’. Had the set lunch, value is simply outstanding, so do not miss out in his, bargain of the century. However, the carte is a bit of a stretch. so if like me you expected a slightly more affordable and dumbed down version of PSS, you get it to a degree, but be careful and choose wisely, otherwise...

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

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by   bronze reviewer (9)

Apr 2014

Tuesday night, really busy and a bit noisy. The staff is really friendly, but the dishes arrived a bit late, so in short the service is a bit slow which is the real let down of the place, because the place is really nice and trendy, and the food amazing: marinated scallop spot on, the venison steak really tender and tasty (nice sauce), and the chocolate dessert to die for. Speed it up, please, and it will be perfect!

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

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by   bronze reviewer (5)

Mar 2014

I've now eaten in all Jason Atherton's restaurants in London and very lucky I am too! I just simply cannot leave without thinking I've has a bloody good feed. Uncomplicated and not overly original in it's ingredients (not that, that's a bad thing) but executed perfectly. Never have I had a course and not exclaimed with an mmmm! and genuinely meant it. What I also must comment on is the set lunch menus. The problem with these things is that you always end up with an uninspiring piece of chicken...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 9

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    When I arrived at Social Eating House I was ravenous. I’d locked my bike to a handy piece of scaffolding – Soho is notoriously crap for cyclists – and headed straight up to The Blind Pig upstairs, a copper-tabled cocktail bar that does a good job recreating the speakeasy vibe without being obnoxiously on-the-nose about it. These days I find Prohibition-themed anything about as interesting as cavity wall insulation, so it takes something special to carry the theme off.
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    Located in the heart of Soho on Poland Street, Social Eating House was the third restaurant in the portfolio of celebrated Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton, once a prot&g& of Gordon Ramsay.
    Set over three floors with a basement chef’s table, a group floor restaurant and a top floor bar, Social Eating House offers a contemporary bistro menu and currently holds one Michelin star.
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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.

Essential Details for Social Eating House

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £52.00
  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Private Dining: 8,30,65

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Private Dining at Social Eating House

Chef’s Counter - The basement at Social Eating House houses a hidden ‘Employees Only’ dining space with an 8 seated wrap-around private bar, looking over chef patron Paul Hood’s kitchen, where you can sit, watch, eat and enjoy whilst your meal is created before you. Begin your Employees Only experience with champagne and appetizers in the Blind Pig bar, before heading to the basement for a 9-course tasting menu. -

The Blind Pig - Affectionately known as The Blind Pig, Social Eating House’s upstairs bar has an eclectic interior with a vintage twist of antique mirrored ceilings, reclaimed wooden chairs and a copper-topped bar, and can be hired exclusively and semi-exclusively for drinks and snacks. All cocktails are made with technical precision and come beautifully balanced.

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Chef’s Counter 8
The Blind Pig (Semi-exclusive hire) 30
The Blind Pig (Exclusive hire) 65

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