After a much-needed overhaul, the National Theatre's defining concrete walls have now reappeared in their flagship restaurant House, creating a far less stifling atmosphere than before. The menu isn't as groundbreaking as some of the productions performed on the stages next door, but creature comforts such ?as steak tartare, treacle-cured salmon, fritto misto or bavette steak with chips and béarnaise hit the spot. Their venison shepherd's pie (for two) is a must if you're hungry, while glorious tarte Tatin makes for a deliciously sticky finale. Service is quick and efficient, all the more imperative when you've got a show to catch – although it also manages to offer charm and charisma too. Expect a mixed pre-show crowd, but with well-priced, simple food and your theatre seat just a convenient stroll away, House ticks all the boxes.