We don’t often patronise restaurants.
But when we do, they always try really, really hard.
And after carrying out a thorough survey of Holborn’s dining establishments, we can say with absolute conviction that the ones below are our very favourites – from a cosy wine bar to Michelin-standard tapas; top-shelf sushi spots to a restaurant with its own dedicated pie room.
So here they are: our pick of the best Holborn restaurants.
A labour of love from wine enthusiasts, Noble Rot is essentially the real-life embodiment of their “anti-snob” wine magazine – meaning you’ll find a clutch of expertly selected grape-hooch both by the glass and bottle, accompanied by equally delicious food put together by former St. John and The Sportsman chefs. READ MORE
Details: 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB | Open Monday-Saturday noon-11pm
Holborn Dining Room
A glossy, capacious, old-school brasserie set into the Rosewood London Hotel. Head here, and you can choose between British classics like roast Suffolk pork belly or smoked haddock with a poached egg, or a freshly-baked pie from the dedicated pie room. You can even book in for a pie masterclass, or drop by the street hatch entrance for emergency pie on your way elsewhere. READ MORE
Details: 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN | Open weekdays 7am-10.30pm, weekends 7.30am-10.30/10pm
A sleek, wood-panelled cocoon, Roka Aldwych is a high-end sushi den, serving freshly sliced nigiri and sashimi alongside robata-grilled delights like scallop wasabi skewers; Korean-spiced lamb cutlets and grilled tofu with shiitake mushrooms. It’s not light on your wallet, but you won’t leave feeling too light, either. READ MORE
Details: 71 Aldwych, WC2B 4HN | Open daily, with a break in service 3.30-5.30pm M-Sa
Styled after a European Grand Café, The Delaunay is the closest thing London has to a Little Vienna. Drop by for freshly baked pastries in the morning, London’s best value afternoon tea, or schnitzel with buttery mash and wilted spinach come the evening. READ MORE
Details: 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB | Open weekdays 7am-11pm, Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 9am-10pm
Barrafina Drury Lane
Do you know the muffin man? Well, forget about him, because if you’re heading to Drury Lane you’ll need to make a beeline for Barrafina, the superlative, marble-clad tapas spot whose Soho sibling boasts a Michelin star. All-counter dining makes for an intimate experience, where you can watch the chefs putting together dishes of lamb sweetbreads and stuffed courgette flowers while sipping sherry… READ MORE
Details: 43 Drury Lane, WC2B 5AJ | Open daily for lunch and dinner
All Star Lanes Holborn
If you find yourself feeling peckish in Holborn, All Star Lanes will soon sort you out with their Southern-style diner, serving Nashville fried chicken; Maryland crab cakes; honey-glazed pork ribs; burgers and steaks – with a game of bowling in a glossy, vintage-styled alley with cocktails and private karaoke rooms for afters. READ MORE
Details: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, WC1B 4DA | Open daily 11am-late
Main image: The Pie Room at Holborn Dining Room
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