Andrew Edmunds

Modern European·
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Andrew Edmunds

Bronze Award

With a low-key, all-black frontage setting the tone, this Soho evergreen isn’t about to flaunt its near-legendary “romantic” charms. Space is at a premium here, but once you find a candlelit table, settle in for starters of plump confit pork cheeks with almond, peach and fennel or perhaps a delicate lobster bisque. The eclectic handwritten menu changes daily and “good value” mains keep things simple via a chunky Old Spot pork chop or fillet of stone bass with pine nuts, while puds might bring textbook pavlova or fresh figs drizzled with labneh, honey and walnuts. Personable, expert staff help to ease the digestion, while expertise and reliability characterise the superb selection of Old World wines – in fact the whole outfit is a friendly celebration of old-school restaurant values. The dimly lit, split-level premises may eschew anything remotely grandiose with its shabby, dated furnishings, but Andrew Edmunds delivers comfort and character in spades.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Cosy, Fun, Lively, Traditional
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Dog friendly, Vegetarian options
People
Dates, Romantic
Food Hygiene Rating

Location

46 Lexington Street, Soho, London, W1F 0LP

020 7437 5708 020 7437 5708

Website

Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-3.30pm 5.30-10.45pm

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29 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

Alexei G

15 March 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4.5

Sarah G

28 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

This restaurant ticks every box for me.  The venue is quaint, costy and comfortable.  The staff are incredible and the food never disappoints.  Very sad that the owner did earlier this year but I hope this restaurant continues his legacy.

GLAYSON T

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Original French food and a rustic cozy atmosphere 

Sarah G

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

I have been going to Andrew Edmunds for years and will continue to do so. The food is reliably good (and the Dover sole outstanding) as is the wine list and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. On top of all this the bill never comes as an unpleasant shock; it is good value for what you get which is rare these days when overpriced mediocrity seems to increasingly be the norm. 

Sean H

27 November 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 3
A soleless return to an atmospheric venue

I was really looking forward to my return to Andrew Edmunds after a hiatus of about five years since my last visit.  This restaurant still hits the high notes for service and atmosphere and a good wine list but the dining experience was badly let down by the undercooked Dover sole.  The starters of pig's head and ox tongue were both unusual but absolutely delicious; in fact, the pig's head fritters were the real highlight of the evening.  Thankfully the restaurant deducted the cost of the sole from our bill but it did somewhat spoil my partner's dining experience when she was unable to eat very much of the fish, which having been so undercooked was rubbery, gelatinous, bloody around the gills and sticking to the bones.  I still plan to return to this restaurant but we will just be a bit more circumspect about our menu choices next time around.

Anon

26 October 2022  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 0.5
Arrogant management and staff

Absolutely appalling customer service. We recently tried to book a table for our wedding anniversary, using a voucher. We were told it was no longer valid even though there was no date on the voucher. The voucher was for a gift from my husband but it was pre-pandemic, of course we had no idea it expired because there were no emails about it! A restaurant of that reputation and status should be able to be more flexible and accomodate requests, at least in part, especially in the circumstances. Instead, we received a very arrogant response to say that there was plenty of time exchange the voucher. It was truly appalling given the amount of money on the voucher. They made no suggestions or tried to help, and expected us to simply book and pay again. It may be an "iconic" restaurant, but it is one that takes advantage of people and steals money from customers. Absolutely disgusting!

Anon

03 March 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
Utterly brilliant

Utterly brilliant in every way. Food. Wine. Service. History. Building. Atmosphere. 

Can't go wrong.

A R

07 August 2019  
Deceptively simple, definitively convivial, Tom is a chef who clearly loves food. Excellent value idiosyncratic wine list. Unchanged, unphased, uncommon, just heartwarming victuals and an ambience made for conversation.

Mark R

28 June 2019  
Staff always friendly and service good, and one is always made welcome. The decor is "restrained" (!), and the tables and chairs basic and functional rather than elegant and expensive - does one want more when faced with a daily-changing and interesting menu making great use of seasonal ingredients? The wine list is to "die for" - and as a wine-merchant I should know (!) - and the prices are wonderfully low - espacially when one knows the standing of the growers. I have successfully introduced several friends to this restaurant over the past few years, and all have become "converts"! A veritable Soho gem!

Julian K

31 July 2018  
Proper old school - long lunches, romantic dinners. Don't miss the grouse in season. Fabulous value wine list.
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