Browns Covent Garden

Afternoon tea, Bars, Brasserie

Browns Covent Garden
Browns Covent Garden
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About Browns Covent Garden

Housed in the former Westminster County Court in the busy and vibrant Covent Garden, Browns brasserie and bar serves a variety of traditional British food. Just a stone’s throw away from all of London’s biggest West End theatres this restaurant is a quick and easy place to go for a post or pre-theatre dinner.

Offering all day dining, Browns is great for food at any time of day. For brunch you can go for the traditional full English or if you are looking for something a little lighter, then the Granola served with fresh berries and yoghurt or toast with butter and jam is also available.  

For dinner, start your meal with Devon crab and avocado on sourdough toast or a duck liver parfait. Then move on to a hearty and traditional steak and Guinness pie or chicken schnitzel served with a fried hen’s egg, salad and fries. Finish off the meal with a rhubarb trifle served with Victoria sponge, vanilla custard and double-whipped cream or a classic crème brûlée. All your favourite home-cooked dishes on one menu and topped off with a range of cocktails from the classic mojito to a seasonal Browns creation.

Afternoon tea is also available if you prefer. Served in the most quintessentially British of ways with sandwiches ranging from pulled salt beef, coronation chicken and smoked salmon with cream cheese to start, a clotted cream tea and a selection of traditional cakes like carrot and Victoria sponge to finish.

There are also seven private dining rooms available to hire. Housed in the old court rooms of the building and still featuring lots of the original courtroom décor including the judge’s bench, chandeliers and skylights. These rooms, which house from 70-20 people depending on which one you pick are great for birthdays, engagements and anniversary dinners.

So whether you go to Browns for a quiet pre-theatre dinner or celebratory afternoon tea you are sure to be impressed by this elegant and cosy Covent Garden restaurant

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Afternoon tea, Bars, Brasserie
Cosy, Fine dining, Traditional
Food Occasions
Brunch, Late night dining
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

Location for Browns Covent Garden

82-84 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AG

020 7497 5050


Opening Times

Mon 08:00-12:00
Tue 08:00-12:00
Wed 08:00-12:00
Thu 08:00-12:00
Fri 08:00-12:00
Sat 09:00-17:00
Sun 09:00-17:00
Afternoon Tea
Mon 15:00-17:00
Tue 15:00-17:00
Wed 15:00-17:00
Thu 15:00-17:00
Fri 15:00-17:00
Sat 15:00-17:00
Sun 15:00-17:00
All day
Mon 08:00-00:00
Tue 08:00-00:00
Wed 08:00-00:00
Thu 08:00-00:00
Fri 08:00-00:00
Sat 09:00-00:00
Sun 09:00-23:00

Reviews of Browns Covent Garden

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5 Reviews 

Frank M

15 June 2017  
Friendly service and good food.

Louise B

28 May 2017  
Good value food in a great location. Private meeting rooms available to hire upstairs.

Stephen F

06 June 2011  
10/10 We turned up at 8.00pm on a busy Saturday night & the place was buzzing. We were quoted an hour wait for a table for two (expected but not a prob cos the bar was calling.) Our table was ready in 20mins but we opted to stay at the bar for another drink & were simply told to return when ready to be seated. Its a lively place with many large groups so if you want piece n quite ask for a table at the front or back or turn up later when the groups have gone. That aside we enjoyed the buzz & the table service was perfect (not rushed but yet not forgotten about.) Starters we had the Pancetta Mushrooms & the Lobster & Crab Croquettes. Both hot & enjoyable. Main we had Fillet Steak & the Venison Steak (with a side of the Creamed Spinach. Yum Yum) to which both were cooked to perfection & melted in your mouth. We had to pass on desserts so opted for the Scotch! Overall a perfect few hours spent in a lively restaurant with great food. Price. A few pounds more than your local pub but I didnt die of a heartattack when the bill came (what do you expect in the middle of town?!) Highly recommend.
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Lucy D

13 October 2009  
I have to say I was rather dissapointed with Browns. After hearing great things from people I know that had been there, I was expecting something a little more “wow”. The service, while efficient, wasn't exactly friendly. It felt like we were being a burden on the staff when requesting more drinks. The food was ok, but nothing spectacular. And certianly not better than I could at home. The portions were also a little measly with my partner still feeling hungry after his meal. All in all, I probably wouldn't go back again.
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Jj B

11 May 2009  
The management and ownership of this restaurant need to seriously look at how they handle customer service both over the phone and online !!! If you are looking to book online OR even make a booking enquiry ——- FORGET IT!!! They are not interested in bookings of 2 people … (a little awkward for theatre visitors looking to go to the theatre as a couple) but they are clearly more interested in the larger parties. However even after taking time to to fill in an enquiry on their website we received no response email or otherwise (despite the promise of a response within 48 hours) —- hence what is the point of the booking enquiry form on the Browns website. My girlfriend did eventually get an answer to our multiple phone calls to be told they dont take bookings/reservations/enqiries for two and that we “Would have to take a chance” on a table. The final gripe is that browns take out a full page advert in the last page of ‘The Jersey Boys’ programme (the show we were visiting) but cannot accommodate visitors. The restaurant is obviously popular as it was jammed when we got there at 545/6pm But with a level of customer service of this level … the popularity may not last. In the end we went to the mediteranean (chain – think it was ‘Cafe Med’ ??????) restaurant almost opposite the palace theatre where the value for money, service and food was a pretty good. Browns – sort yourselves out a big flag, impressive photo, and a decent looking menu and loads of ads may carry you so far. But your customer service offline and over the telephone is rubbish. We have given you the advantage of food, drink, atmosphere, value marks of 6 out of fairness rather than 5.
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