Polpo | “Italian Tapas” Dishes In A Rustic, Skylit Covent Garden Space



Polpo | Covent Garden Restaurant

We’re fans of Russell Norman here: no secret about that.

Given the success of his Venetian bacari in Soho (Polpo and Polpetto), the opening of Spuntino in 2011 – an intimate venue inspired by down-town New York and nineteenth century machine-age Brooklyn – was eagerly anticipated.

And it didn’t disappoint.

10 weeks later, Polpo opened up.

Much to our surprise, and everyone else’s, that didn’t disappoint either.

Located on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden, and set out over two floors, Polpo shares a few things in common with a couple of Norman’s other restaurants: the “Italian Tapas” dishes (from pizzette and salads to meatballs and cicchetti); the distressed walls; the tiled floors; the bar stool dining; the “lived in” feel and the hip, tattooed staff.

You’ll feel as though you’ve been here before, and enjoyed every minute of it.

Filled with a golden hue emanating from the skylight above the bar, this Covent Garden branch –  although larger and more airy than Norman’s other venues – is as intimate as each of the others.

While the option to perch at the bar is there, plus an airy basement Aperol bar sporting double-height skylights, the welcome addition of several tables makes dining with friends infinitely more appealing.  In addition this is a place that you can book, and it’s always a good idea to do so.


NOTE: Polpo Covent Garden is open for lunch and dinner, all week. For more information or to book, visit their website HERE.

Polpo | 6 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA

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6 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7NA
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020 7836 8448


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