Andrew Edmunds

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Modern European

Andrew Edmunds
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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.

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

Location for Andrew Edmunds

46 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LP

020 7437 5708

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Opening Times

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

Reviews of Andrew Edmunds

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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.

mathieu G

31 July 2018  
Very good wine list, nice atmosphere.

Caspar H

17 July 2018  
Wine institution now.

robert S

why did I not discover this place 20 years ago?
02 October 2014  
good food - bistro but so what? brilliant/cheap (for location) wine list and help to choose. Service fast, helpful, smiling - and great you can only book one week in advance - stops multiple bookings and no shows. no complimentary drink if table not ready? what world is that reviewer in? go to Mitchelin 3* if that is what you want. I heard bar staff say too busy to take booking - great! small place, busy service - phone at a quieter time if you are that desperate - going back for second time a week after first visit, just wish it was closer than an hour away.
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Ellen F

18 May 2012  
Andrew Edmunds is a little, intimate, friendly, filling, unpretentious, fairly-priced, gem of a restaurant perfect for second dates, friendly catch-ups and small group gatherings. I love that the menu changes frequently, implying seasonality and freshness, and has plenty of hearty options. I ordered dressed crab followed by crab spaghetti to much merriment (but the guy next to me went for chicken parfait followed by poussin so he wasn't one to laugh). The first crab was delicious: fresh-tasting, delicate, a whiff of the seaside, with a delicious sharp sauce on the side (of which I would have liked a second dollop, but that's a minor niggle) and good value for a fully stuffed beast at £8.50. But I was sorely disappointed by my main as the chef had committed 2 cardinal pasta sins: firstly, the spaghetti was not al dente but cooked to a denture-friendly sogginess; secondly, some buffoon had broken the strands before throwing them in the pot thus making it impossible to twirl around a fork and shovel in to the mouth. A deliberate insult to the Italians (as any chef worth his salt knows the trick to cooking spaghetti whole), a sop to the terrible Brit habit of cutting up cooked spaghetti (not to be encouraged by the professionals!), or just a trainee error? There was also too much chilli oil for me but that, and the enormous portion size, would no doubt please others. Happily I have had other wonderful mains here (mostly meaty masterpieces) and this meal finished off with a delicious treacle tart which reminded me of school days, but in a good way. The long wine menu included a lovely Gewurtztraminer/Riesling/Pinot blend which kept me happy too. Service was helpful and efficient as ever and the atmosphere its usual cosy self (although I would have liked to turn down the volume on the hedgie behind us). I look forward to finding another excuse to return to this place which feels blissfully “local” despite its central location.
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Patrick B

04 March 2012  
If only there could be more places Andrew Edmund's in London! What a great place. The food is very good. Not Michelin Star good, but French countryside restaurant good. And then there is the wine. The owners have a special agreement to buy bin ends at a famous London merchant and pass the discounts on the guests. The result is without a shadow of a doubt the best value-per-drop wine list in the London. It is an absolute joy, really really great. All this is topped of with a romantic atmosphere and some of the kindest and most genuine service around. It is seldom that I such things but, it would be very difficult, if even possible to improve Andrew Edmunds.
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Edward J

14 February 2012  
Well I find myself in the slightly unusual position of not even getting to the restaurant before being completely annoyed! When I called up to make a reservation, I was bluntly told by a hoity toity lady that she couldn't possibly take my order as they were in the middle of the lunch service. Oh, and that I should call back later, when they're quieter. She may have said some other things, but by that point the phone handset was heading firmly towards the receiver. Honey, it's great that you're busy, and I appreciate you don't have 4 pairs of hands, but what a great way to give a first impression of your establishment. An apology for not being able to take the reservation and taking my number for a call back would have been a great way to deal with that situation.
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Teresa S

05 December 2011  
This is a Restaurant that pretentiously insists you book no more than a week in advance, rings you on the day to confirm your reservation, then when you rock up at the allotted time, tells you your table isn't ready. No apologies, no “have a complimentary drink to alleviate your inconvenience” more “just stand to one side until we tell you your table is ready”, which in itself was easier said than done, seeing as there was hardly any room to sit down at the cramped tables let alone stand up in the passageway for any length of time. Some would describe this place as cosy, intimate and romantic. I would describe it as uncomfortable noisy and claustrophobic. When we were eventually allowed to sit down, the food was no less enthralling than their rude staff. Crab spaghetti that tasted of absolutely nothing, and steaks, though tender, had no flavour at all; one member of the party enjoyed their sea bass. Because of its location, this Restaurant doesn't care whether you come back or not, and sadly behaves accordingly.
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