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Taps: 5 / Bottles: 56
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
50 Earlham Street
, WC2H 9LJ
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 20 7813 2233
(Place added by: freed)
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| Reviews: 14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in while on vacation in London over the Thanksgiving holiday. We found this place in several of our guide books and it was recommended.
We actually had walked by the place on Friday night and it was packed. We choose to hit it during the week. The place offers two types of seating, reserved and walk in, all of which is in the basement of the building. Kind of like a bunker. We did the "walk in" and sat in the beer hall section and were actually seated at a two top table on the side. The middle section is picnic-type tables.
While I waited for my wife to arrive from work, I sat in the little bar area near the back door. (The restaurant has a front (off of Earlham) and back door (off of Shelton).) There were 3 beers on tap. A lager, a wit, and a strawberry beer. All Belgian. The bottle selection was much bigger, but I did not see the beer menu until we were seated.
Beer menu seemed pretty good. I am not up on Belgian beers but there were several pages to the menu. I selected a Leffe Brune and the wife went with a framboos (don't remember the brewery). Served in the appropriate glassware as expected.
We had the mussels of course. Food came out very quickly and was very good and the mussels were fresh. We opted for no dessert or coffee.
Service was OK. As noted by another reviewer, flagging down your server is tricky. Servers were dressed in frocks. Kinda weird.
11-29-2005 17:43:37 |
More by wlhagan3
United Kingdom (Scotland)
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had a meeting in London and made a beeline for this place before catching my flight home. In truth I wanted to check out a couple of beers and then leave however you CANNOT go here just for a beer. The food prices also looked a bit too expensive but they have a mini "beat the clock menu" between 5 and 6.30 where you pay the time that you are served. This is definitely recommended as good value and the food was decent enough. When I arrived it was not at all busy (just after 5.00) but it filled up very quickly, with many tourists...
Service was friendly enough and having the waiting staff wearing the monk's habits certainly added to the atmosphere though this will probably appear rather corny after a few visits.
Beer selection was pretty good though I'd rather have sampled a few more beers without the need to eat. With the "beat the clock" there was a Cristal beer thrown in that was pleasant enough. I also tried a bottled De Konninck triple which was tasty.
Overall a good experience and I'd come back and eat (and drink) here. I feel it would benefit from having a bar-only area for discerning beer lovers.
10-13-2007 11:28:11 |
More by Stephen63
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I ve been to the Belgo Centraal several times with my girl-friend. There is a huge selection of Belgian beers mainly bottled but also some on tab.
It is set up in an old factory hall and all underground. The feeling is a bit "communist" for want of a better term and this is the main/only downside.
The food is good and adequately priced just below the 10 pound mark. Quality seems fine and again the beers are amazing.
Service is friendly and efficient - I ll probably go back there but not tonight!
10-17-2009 14:25:09 |
More by DerBayer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Found this restaurant while waiting to go to a play at the Donmar Warehouse theatre across the street. In the basement of a building of shops, it's warm and cozy, although it can feel little too warm in the summer.
Food was very good, although not the best ever. We tried some baked chicken, fries, and mussels, and we weren't disappointed with any of them.
Beer selection is fantastic. Wide range of beers available on tap, particularly Beglian beers (go figure). We each tried one beer on recommendation from the wait staff, which paired up nicely with the food.
Service was good; again, nothing exceptional.
Overall, it's worth the visit for the underground ambience and beer offerings, but it was a bit too expensive to merit multiple visits.
05-18-2006 20:29:25 |
More by ndekke39
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A truely impressive selection of Belgian beers both on tap and in bottles. Beer list comes in a binder and does not disappoint, you'll find stuff here you won't find anywhere else in London. Atmosphere as one person put it is kinda industrial, with the waiting area bar (limited selection there) on a platform beneath the entryway but above the kitchen (everything is in the basement). Be prepared to sit at long picnic type tables, potentially next to people you don't know. This is neat if you have cool people next to you. I sat next to a Japanese couple who were into beer and quite fun to talk to. Menu is full of wholesome Belgian favorites that don't disappoint. Beers are mostly served in proper branded glassware, which is impressive considering the selection. Definitely worth a visit when in London, but it can get crowded on weekends.
08-09-2005 19:17:51 |
More by ChrisBowers
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Had an early dinner here on our first night in London on our recent England vacation. I had wanted to go to Belgium on the trip, but that didn't work out, so this was a compromise!
The atmosphere is actually kind of strange. The brightly painted red and black outside is offset by an almost bunker-like walk downstairs, to a cellar area of arched ceilings (a la storage rooms) with lots of stainless steel, long picnic/cafeteria-like tables, and Belgian beer posters. When you arrive at the bottom of the stairs (after being "radioed in" from above), you first see the open-air kitchen, and they walk you past the bar to your table (assuming you are eating at the bar). The "restaurant" part is in the other direction. This atmosphere is really hard to describe, and I'm not doing it justice-- just something to experience, I guess.
Quality of the tap beer was quite nice, and their bottles seemed well stored.
Service was very good. It was a little tough getting servers to notice you, but not nearly as bad as in Belgium! Seriously, our waiter could tell I knew a little something about beer, and he made some very good suggestions on pairing the beer with my food choices. First rate.
Selection-- it was the second best Belgian selection I had seen outside of Belgium up that point in time. A big beer list comes in a separate menu. Other people I have talked to have said the selection is rather pedestrian for Belgian beers, and perhaps it is, but it is far superior to what I see at home. About 10 or so Belgian taps, including St Fullien on tap, Mort Subite geueze and kriek, and 40 or 50 bottled beers, including some hard-to-find-in-the-states beers (Rodenbach Grand Cru, several trappist beers, faro [which I didn't get to try]), etc. So overall, it's pretty good!
Food was quite good- my girlfriend had Belgian garlic mussels with frites, and I had a baked mussel and cheese and ham special that was fabulous. Don't be surprised (like we were) on their "before 6:00 PM special", where you pay the time you ordered (if you order at 5:26, you pay 5 Pounds 26 pence)-- this is on a limited menu only, and you need to ask. But I didn't really care- I ordered what I wanted to eat.
Location is excellent, a few blocks from Covent Garden in a very active part of town.
Overall, I'm really glad I went and had this experience, and I may go back some day, but to be honest, it's not probably something I would want to do over and over again.
10-11-2005 20:46:44 |
More by Dukeofearl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Despite being a New York City native, chance had it that I went to the Belgo in London before I went to the one in NYC (which is now closed, rest in peace you king amonst resturants). They are very similar, which is to say, awesome. The atmosphere of the resturant is a cross between Rampstein and The Rain Forest Cafe. It's like a theme resturant, but the theme in European industrial techno-pop. The waitstaff wear monk robes, there is a lot of colored lighting, but hey, they make it work. As for what's important, the beer selection is out of this world. This is a place for polymorphically perverse beer drinkers. The Lucifer on tap was a really nice touch, but I'm sure they've significantly changed the beer selection in the last six years. As for the menu. Forget about it. A TON of mussels, garlicy and delicious. The wild boar sausage is also not to be missed. If you don't care about health and have someone to drive you home, this is a must for anyone in the hemisphere.
09-01-2004 22:19:18 |
More by StuFox
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Lively, fun concept in Covent Garden. Cellar converted into a restaurant. Decorated with kind of flashy urban-euro touches like big copper panels on the walls and beer signs. Furniture looks like Ikea but seems to fit with the concept. Cushioned benches along the walls and large group tables in the middle of the dining rooms. There was no "bar" for just sitting and drinking beer; at least I never saw one.
Waiters are dressed up like Trappist monks. Lots of eager servers with pretty good knowledge of Belgian beers but no free samples or chit-chat. I counted 8 taps (3 of which served Belgian brews) and 70 bottle choices. Nearly all of the bottles were Belgian covering a wide range of beers. A few of the taps were "macro" like Stella and Carlsberg but they also had Jupiler and Affligem on tap.
Food was excellent. I had the beef carbonnade and pommes-frites which were fresh and well made.
Prices were about what you would expect for London. Two beers and a meal cost me about $30.
This would be a great place to party with friends.
10-26-2011 13:30:09 |
More by joedon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I took my son here after a day of museums and parks in London. Nice basement setting with Ikea-type furniture arranged in communal beer-hall fashion. It was surprisingly busy for 4pm on a Monday, but it was a holiday weekend.
Staff were decked out in monk-like robes and that made for a fun setting. Arched roofs on the basement ceiling, and I enjoyed the atmosphere. Good frites. We had no other food, but the menu looked good and the frites were quite decent and we weren't charged for them.
I got two beers which were served well and priced decently, especially for London. The Saison Dupont was good and not skunked, thank goodness for brown bottles in Europe. I also got a Bush Scaldis via bottle that was good and served in proper glassware.
Service was a bit slow but we had a shift change during our stay, and considering that it went smoothly. No real issues here, and our second waiter was able to cash us out quickly.
Selection was decent with a handful of respectable Belgians on bottle as well as a few tap selections. Restaurant area appeared family-friendly. I'd definitely go back if I'm in London again.
05-27-2013 21:12:37 |
More by VAcrossr
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
A friend insisted I visit this place while in London. I convinced my family to give it a try, and we weren't sorry. The neighborhood it resides in offers fairly trendy shops and food, and is predominantly red brick and cobblestone. Belgo itself has a fairly small entrance and a surprisingly industrial entryway. There was a significant wait, but an upstairs bar offers a great selection of Belgian beers in bottles and on tap. So while waiting and enjoying my first Kwak, these two buff blondes in all black clothing come out with a meter long piece of lumber that has been fashioned to transport schnapps. They walk by you and you can poach as many different flavors as you'd like, then return the glass to the schnapps sled.
The waiting gang-way also sits over the kitchen, which was very active and the food looked great from above. When we were finally taken to be seated, we entered a massive oval brick tunnel filled with picnic tables. The seating was very simple, and you generally dined right with another group of people. The menu offered a fairly big selection of muscles, and that's about all I remember. Regardless, the muscles were terrific, and were a great pairing with the beer.
The beer itself was delightful. I'd not seen the selection of Belgian beers anywhere before. There were easily 15 beers on tap and a cage near the back brimming with over 75 types of bottled beers. We stuck with the draught and were very pleased.
All in all it was a unique experience. Quite a bit trendier than I'm used too, especially after nearly a month in traditional pubs and roadside inns. But it was generally better than the pubs we found in Westminster, and it was a nice change.
05-31-2004 18:28:28 |
More by freed
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