Bleeding Heart Bistro

Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Bleeding Heart Bistro

Bronze Award

Quirky and colourful, this classically styled French bistro could almost be a set from the hit movie Amélie. Inside, vintage posters line the ochre walls, table settings show off the tricolore palette and there are wine bottles everywhere; the outside area is a delight in summer, when lobster and rosé are the top shouts at tables on the cobbles. The offer may be a little corny but it "always delivers". Of course, the food is straight out of the bourgeois French repertoire, so expect the likes of moules marinière or asparagus with hollandaise sauce ahead of omelette aux fines herbes, lapin à la moutarde or salade niçoise. Retro also rules when it comes to desserts such as petit pot au chocolat with whipped cream. Great wines on offer and notable special menus, including a summer Provencal one on the terrace. "Top service" too.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Lively, Romantic, Traditional
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Perfect for
Dates, Romantic
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Bleeding Heart Yard, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8SJ

020 7242 8238 020 7242 8238


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat 17:30-22:00
Sun Closed


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17 Reviews 

Bert S

28 September 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Sarah C

03 June 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Matt B

20 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Sheila W

06 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Great place for dinner

I have never enjoyed a meal more the food was delicious and we really enjoyed the atmosphere obviously a popular place as it was almost full by 7.00.  The service was excellent my lamb shoulder pot au feu was excellent as were dauphinois potatoes crème brulee to die for and all at a reasonable price.


11 November 2019  
Memorably Bad Dinner Experience

It was meant to be a celebration dinner but turned out a great disappointment. The atmosphere was subdued for a Saturday night, but we quickly realised why the Bistro was half-empty: the Escargots was a disastrous starter - a tasteless mess of shrivelled blobs looking like they came right out of the micro oven. No appetising sizzle, none of the glorious smell of hot garlic butter... and served with cold stale bread too. The Ribeye Steak - the best steak on the Menu - was a grey, tired mass of tough matter, clearly grilled for too long at the wrong temperature; it was served with over-salted soggy chips and Bearnaise although we asked for peppercorn sauce. The Chocolate mousse gave us a glimpse of what we were hoping for that evening: a subtle, well-balanced beauty of a dish, a genuinely memorable finale to an otherwise memorably bad dinner experience. Add the indifferent service and you won't be inclined to come again.  In response to my bad review the management sent me a groveling apology promising "to sort this out" - but I've never heard from them again. What a birthday celebration...


Lucy M

09 April 2019  
A wonderful hidden gem moments from Farringdon Station. Real bistro atmosphere and reasonable prices for good, interesting dishes.

Diana B

27 June 2018  
Reliable good value food; good service; use when in City area.


01 November 2017  
Good food, good service and good ambience.

claire B

09 August 2017  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5
Vegan Friendly
One of our guests happen to be Vegan, we called the Bleeding heart and they advised it wasn't a problem, Upon arrival the guest didn't fancy the options on the menu, we started to think this was a disaster and would have to leave, but the waitress went and spoke to the chef who came up with additional items our guest could eat. The chef made up some vegan friendly food for the guest which he loved, in fact had the rest of the guests feeling jealous with the deciously looking vegan friendly fresh made food. The chef managed to save the day with his quick thinking! Everyone enjoyed the food all in all a nice restaurant.

Lynn W

15 May 2017  
Food & Drink 3
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Local appointment
We had an appointment round the corner and I remembered liking this place a few years ago, so thought it would work for dinner. The location is nice in an off-road courtyard, the welcome was good, the atmosphere busy even on a Wednesday evening and we were hopeful for a decent bistro dinner. Our starters were fine, nothing special. I had the prawn and avocado cocktail, served in a tall Martini glass which is a bit awkward to eat from, and which I realised didn't have any avocado in it once I'd got to the bottom, and the salmon gravadlax with beetroot was said to be quite good. Then we both had the confit duck leg with Provencal vegetables as a side. It wasn't very hot and to be honest the duck was a bit firm, rather than the melting and tender dish we were expecting. With a carafe of wine and plenty of chat we were OK and had enough to eat but overall it was a bit average.
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