Cora Pearl

British, French·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Cora Pearl

Silver Award

Covent Garden might not carry the same illicit cachet as Shepherd Market, but its streets make an apt backdrop for this follow-up to Kitty Fisher’s. Like Kitty’s, Cora Pearl is named after one of history’s good-time-girls, although the roles are reversed here: while Kitty’s has a bar above and a dining room below, here the bar is hidden away in the basement while the high-ceilinged restaurant is illuminated at both ends by big windows. Raffish without being scruffy and as suitable for romance as bromance, it’s the sort of room that is cosy in winter and sun-drenched in summer. Above all, it promises “imagination, fun, variety… and a tremendous vibe”.

The menu might not have a must-order showstopper like the Galician beef that made Kitty Fisher’s the talk of the town, but there are several contenders. The cow’s curd agnolotti with Jerusalem artichokes are “just brilliant”, while shrimp Ranhöfer (basically prawn cocktail on toast) and elegant-looking, naughty-tasting cheese and ham toasties are high-class canapés, begging you to lick your fingers.

To follow, ‘pork with onions’ arrives as floppy slices of presa iberica draped with spring onions atop a deeply-flavoured onion purée, while veal fillet comes with an even better celeriac purée and a jug of bordelaise sauce bobbing with bone marrow. Save this for dunking best-in-class chips made with layers of pressed potato: surely the most labour-intensive fries in London.

Cora Pearl is the sort of place where pre-theatre diners might consider missing the curtain-up for a creamy bowl of ‘milk and cookies’ and where tourists won’t believe their luck at having chanced upon that rarest of all pearls: somewhere in Covent Garden where both Londoners and anyone from out of town will feel right at home.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, French
Cosy, Fun, Lively, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions


Cora Pearl is headed up by chef George Barson (who also heads up nearby Kitty Fisher’s), who specialises in championing seasonal produce. The results of this ethos are plates of gloriously British comfort food classics, elevated to new heights.


30 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8NA

020 7324 7722 020 7324 7722


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


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4 Reviews 

Suzanne C

06 August 2019  
There is a small menu here but the food is so comforting, simple dishes with beautiful ingredients.a.

Paul D

26 July 2019  
Imaginative food, served by staff who really care, in a relaxed and friendly environment. Good value for the quality of the food.

Simon F

28 June 2019  
On arrival at Cora Pearl I was blown away by the ambiance, friendliness, repartee and elegance of the place and the people. The minimalist menu offering proved to have perfect combinations and enabled Chef to provide fresh produce excellent prepped, cooked and served with the abundance of flavour you would expect of a high-end establishment. The wow came with the amazing chips.. Silly but absolutely worth a mention all of their own! I intend to return with guests at the earliest opportunity, as this restaurant, its owners and the whole team deserve to do well.

Julian K

31 July 2018  
Loved the innovative but not over complex dishes. Tremendous vibe and very nice staff. A great addition to London and Kitty Fishers.
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