Temper Covent Garden

5 Mercer Walk, Mercers Yard , London, WC2H 9FA


020 3004 6669

Temper Covent Garden interior
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Temper Covent Garden restaurant interior
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Counter dining at Temper Covent Garden
An array of small plates at Temper Covent Garden
Al fresco dining at Temper Covent Garden
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Chef Neil Rankin has decided on Covent Garden as the location for his third Temper site, following branches in Soho and the City. It’s one of a growing number of decent restaurants opening in an area that’s keen to shake off its tourist-trap reputation. Although the decor here follows brand guidelines (note the central counter kitchen), the focus is on small starting plates of pasta followed by giant sharing pizzas for mains.

The pasta, especially, impresses: we enjoyed golden, nugget-like fried tortellini filled with melted St-Marcellin cheese and a stream of honey; and were also taken by the stringy lardo carbonara, a creamy delight that dissolves on the tongue. Next, Temper’s pizzas are all in good fun – even if they occasionally seem to favour appearance over flavour. We tried the Detroit, a rectangular sharing pizza with puffed-up dough, and opted for half-and-half toppings: the sinfully dirty ‘cheeseburger’ option mixes tender aged-beef ragu with a mouth-puckering combination of sharp pickles, tangy burger sauce and fiery yellow mustard, while the goat ragu choice is like posh spag Bol on a pizza: as homey and comforting as it sounds.

The calorific theme continues for afters, via desserts such as the indulgent, gooey deep-dish Nutella cookie. Keenly priced and plenty of fun – and with a well-stocked bar to boot (tuck into Vermouth, Negronis or Aperol Spritz) – Covent Garden’s Temper is a solid option for a night of ‘screw the diet’ feasting and drinking.

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Temper Covent Garden Location

5 Mercer Walk, Mercers Yard , London WC2H 9FA


020 3004 6669

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm (Fri-Sat -12M, Sun -10.30pm)

Private Dining

Private dining room at Temper Covent Garden
Private dining at Temper Covent Garden
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The lower ground floor at Temper Covent Garden is a semi-private space that can host up to 42 guests for a seated function, or up to 50 for a standing reception. The space features modern industrial décor and has a flexible set up, making it easy to lay out the tables as per the customer’s request. Food wise, there are various menu options available for groups, tailored to suit all budgets. 

Lower Ground Floor (semi-private) Capacity: 42

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