After carrying out a thorough survey of the area’s dining establishments, we can say with absolute conviction that the ones below are our very favourite restaurants in Holborn – from a cosy wine bar to Michelin-standard tapas, and a restaurant with its own dedicated pie room…
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.
Details: 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB | Book here
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.
Details: 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN | Book here
A specialist coffee shop which – in between roasting its beans in-house and managing its own direct relationships with farms around the world – somehow finds time to serve up an exceptional weekday brunch, lunch, and Friday night dinner. Pick from classics like salmon and scrambled eggs spiked with their house coffee sriracha, or Greek dishes like gigantes plaki with grilled halloumi.
Details: 48 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8LT | Walk-ins only
Rondo La Cave
This subterranean natural wine bar beneath the Hoxton Hotel (in Holborn, confusingly) keeps it fresh with a regularly changing line-up of guest chef residencies. Currently it’s the turn of Andrei Soen from Singaporean eatery Park Bench Deli, who’s launching his new outfit Dollars here. And the doorstopper thick American deli-style sandwiches he’s serving up are worth every cent…
Details: The Hoxton, 199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD | Book here
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. As Holborn restaurants go, it’s not light on your wallet – but you won’t leave feeling too light, either.
Details: 71 Aldwych, WC2B 4HN | Book a table
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.
Details: 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB | Book a table
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…
Details: 43 Drury Lane, WC2B 5AJ | Book a table
All Star Lanes Holborn
Sure, there are a lot of restaurants in Holborn that’ll feed you well. But only All Star Lanes will sort you out with Nashville fried chicken; Maryland crab cakes; honey-glazed pork ribs; burgers and steaks from their Southern-style diner… before lavishing you with bowling in a glossy, vintage-styled alley with cocktails and karaoke for afters.
Details: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, WC1B 4DA | Book a table
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