Villandry Great Portland Street 1

170 Great Portland Street , London, W1W 5QB

SquareMeal Review of Villandry Great Portland Street

Villandry Great Portland Street closed permanently on 9 August 2018


More grand café than deli these days, Villandry has long turned its attention to instant gratification, with the provisions side of things giving ground to a takeaway food counter, patisserie and flower shop. The expansive café/bar (with sought-after pavement tables) does the business all day, from waffles with maple syrup to Barnsley lamb chop or confit duck; there’s also a richly decorated little bar cocooned in the middle, while the restaurant out back offers a touch more refinement plus a brasserie-style menu with French/Med leanings. The kitchen makes a decent stab at, say, tuna tartare, moules-frites, dry-aged Galloway steaks and grilled sea trout with braised endive, alongside sharing platters and a prix-fixe offer. And if something from the patisserie counter catches your eye on the way in, you can have it for dessert.

Villandry Great Portland Street is recommended for

Big And Bold | Group Dining 8 Plus | Brunch | Bottomless Brunch | Byob | Outside Seating

Special offers

1 Pizza & Free-flowing Prosecco £25 per person

Available 1st June - 31st August 2018, subject to availability. Free-flowing served for 1.5 hours. Dishes subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.

From: 22 June 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 8

Happy Hour Cocktails

£6 a cocktail on selected cocktails 5pm - 8pm Monday - Saturday evenings

From: 06 June 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 7

Villandry afternoon tea

This offer is available from March 8, 2018 until December 31, 2020, subject to availability as displayed in the booking interface. Offer excludes service and includes VAT. Not available in conjunction with other offers. This promotion has additional information available. Click on the link(s) to view.

From: 08 March 2018

To: 31 December 2020

Max: 7

Free-flowing prosecco brunch £40 per person

Available 3rd June 2017 - 31st December 2018, subject to availability. Free-flowing served for 2 hours. Dishes subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.

From: 03 April 2018

To: 31 December 2018

Max: 0

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Great Portland Street Tube Station 266m

Regents Park Tube Station 331m

Address

Address: 170 Great Portland Street , London W1W 5QB

Area: Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-10.30pm Sat 8am-10.30pm Sun 9am-6pm

Nearby Landmarks

University of Westminster 70m

Royal Institute of British Architects 146m

Details

Cuisine: French

Private Dining: 8, 14, 16, 40, 120

6.3

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 5.7

Atmosphere: 6.6

Value: 5.9

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 1.0

Leonie P. 05 December 2016

This was an awful experience, we booked to be seated in the Red room, for afternoon tea, on arriving the staff explained that we were to be sitting in the restaurant and then the cafe, it was really noisy and cold in there with abrupt staff and very noisy We were rushed out without having even finished our meal. Not a good experience, I would never recommend the place to anyone ever after the horrific experience we had.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Holly D. bronze reviewer 10 November 2016

had a group bottomless brunch here. The place was packed on a saturday afternoon however we were seated quickly and well looked after. Spoilt for chioce with the menu as you receive a breakfast pastry, a main brunch choice and then a cake from the menu. All as well with prosecco and orange juice for the price of £30 its safe to say this is a great treat especially if you dont want to break the bank! Definately recomend and will be back!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Hollie F. silver reviewer 26 October 2015

Villandry never fails, you know you can book it on behalf of someone and know they will have great food in a relaxed atmosphere!

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 2.0

Stephen W. 01 November 2012

We went on on a midweek Oct evening and were disappointed. On the menu the mains overlapped with the starters, and the starters overlapped with the side dishes. Result: little choice. There was a heavy fish bias, which is fair enough, but the big meat dish (and the most expensive item) was… steak. Still, the prices raised my gourmet expectations… The beef carpaccio starter was nice (the rocket was tasty and crisp, the parmesan on top tangy). But the main course, smoked haddock fishcake, disappointed: a couple of bland fishy croquettes with a veggie sauce that did nothing. For the same money in the West End I expect, and get, tasty, thoughtful, top table meals. The dessert menu had nothing that appealed, so we passed on that. My companion liked her second-choice wine (Rioja was off because blah blah), so I will let that stand. But judging by the bright yellow acid fizz I was served, they know nothing about beer. I left most of a glass. The ceilings are high, the furniture hard and square, so every clank of cutlery echoed; and with the music so loud we had to lean in to hear what was said. The air con breezed about us, and the big windows on to the street meant every passer-by could gawp in. No sense of intimacy. All in all, more of a caff, than a restaurant.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Andrew F. 09 August 2011

Sadly, a very unpleasant experience overall! I ordered the prawn and mango salsa starter; the prawns were overcooked and chewy, which is unacceptable from restaurants of this calibre. The salsa was bland – it takes a real skill to render mango and chilli bland – and the cashews strewn over the dish were too bitter due to over-toasting. My main (haddock and prawn fishcakes) had no identifiable prawn in it, and was probably about 70% potato. Very disappointing for a dish priced upwards of £12.00. The waiter, well, where should I begin: he stepped on my friend twice; twice he towered and leaned over me to the point I had to shift my chair to make it clear that he was too close for comfort; he snapped back to another friend who asked whether her pudding was on its way; and when he came to take our afters order, he reeked of cigarette smoke – clearly this had not been his shining day. Regrettably, nothing redeeming about him: rushed, surly, and inattentive. I'd avoid given that the competition out there regarding similarly prices restaurants offers more.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Sabrina's Passions platinum reviewer 12 August 2010

What's not to love about a deli and gourmet food shop that has a restaurant attached to it? Especially when it's actually very good. Although it must be said that lunches have a tad more ambience as the deli/shop is actually open for business, whereas in the evening you have to use the rear entrance on a whole other street as the shopfront is closed. Plus the fact that you would struggle to see any sign of life in the evening in that neighbourhood, it can be a bit ho-hum. However the restaurant is equally busy both day and night and the ambience is great. Service, although friendly, can be quite slow at times especially if they are busy. The menu has a great selection of foods to suit all moods and palates. Modern European would be the best way to describe the food I guess, although I don't really go in for that kind of cliche. My favourite starter has to be the Macaroni cheese with (or without) bacon, it is delicious and the perfect comfort food, but terrine of foie gras, French onion soup and whole artichoke with hazlenut vinaigrette are also great choices. Main courses are great with a juicy ribeye steak with sauce ‘Cafe de Paris’ or the quivveringly raw Steak tartare, which is equally delicious. But you really must try the ‘Aspen Fries’ as they are a thing of beauty. Crispy fries doused in truffle oil and enough parmesan cheese to reform a mini-wheel, makes these chips beyond special. In fact, I could quite happily eat them on their own, although best served with a nice hunk of meat. Desserts are pretty interesting with Mars bar cheesecake (not for the faint hearted) as well as sticky toffee pudding and a great cheese plate. I am surprised that they offer 50% off the menu here, when the food is as good as it is. Although perhaps without the 50% discount the bill could end up being quite expensive, so long live the discount!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Derek H. bronze reviewer 05 February 2009

Well rounded steak tartare and London's poshest chips. Good meat platter too. Wine choice a little under done though and the decor is reminiscent of a Nazi hostel in Austria, but overall enjoyable, if pricy experience. The adjoining deli is a delight though

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Kathryn B. 22 December 2008

Had a really pleasant evening on a Saturday night with a small group of friends. The only let down was the service. Because there were a few of us, we kept needing another bottle of wine or water. Each time we had to ask at least twice.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

robert b. platinum reviewer 16 September 2008

Love this place for its simple but very good food. Don't go expecting the unexpected or the unusual: it’s always been a simple short menu. The wine list is extremely good and full of unusual things as well the standards. Service is always efficient and friendly. The room can feel bare – I have never had dinner here but I suspect it would feel slightly cold. At lunchtime though, it’s always buzzy. Any restaurant that leaves allows you to help yourself from a large bowl of whipped cream to go with you chocolate pudding gets the thumbs up, plus it has a fab delicatessen next door.

Special offers

1 Pizza & Free-flowing Prosecco £25 per person

From: 22 June 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 8

Happy Hour Cocktails

From: 06 June 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 7

Villandry afternoon tea

From: 08 March 2018

To: 31 December 2020

Max: 7

Free-flowing prosecco brunch £40 per person

From: 03 April 2018

To: 31 December 2018

Max: 0

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