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Mr Fogg's Tavern, Covent Garden | © Stephen Kelly/Flickr
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The Best Gastropubs in Covent Garden

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Updated: 17 September 2017
Given its prime spot in relation to London’s theatre district, it’s not surprising that Covent Garden is home to a fair few pubs, perfect for those pre- and post-show pints. Some of those pubs also happen to serve good food too.

Polpo Ape & Bird

Gastropub, Italian, $$$
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Veg @ Polpo
Veg @ Polpo | © whatleydude/Flickr

Polpo Ape & Bird is a traditional British boozer by way of Venice. Pizzettes and small plates like meatballs, rabbit and apricot terrine, fritto misto and affogato are on the food menu, but the drinks list, which features Italian wines as well as cocktails and beers, ensures that this place still feels like a pub.
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Mon - Fri:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat - Sun:
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Great Queen Street

Gastropub, British, European, $$$
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Great Queen Street looks like a pub, with a long dark bar running down one side of the room and craft beer in the fridge, but it does feel like a restaurant and certainly has all dining options covered, from lunch to pre-theatre to dinner to Sunday roasts. The menus change regularly but is always broadly European, with some British classics like suet crusted steak and ale pie and potted shrimps with pickled cucumber thrown in.

#duckleg #yummy #greatqueenstreetrestaurant

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat:
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Mr Fogg's Tavern

Gastropub, British, $$$
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Mr Fogg’s Tavern, as you might guess from the name, is inspired by the adventures of Victorian traveller Phileas Fogg and is wonderfully eccentric, with all manner of artefacts hanging from the ceiling. The food isn’t so off the wall – sandwiches and salads during the week, brunch on Saturdays and Sunday roasts with all the trimmings plus free-flowing punch and gravy – but the cocktails are more inventive, and they come in a variety of sizes.

Punch of Bison is very nice 🙂

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Mon - Thu:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Quirky

The Round House

Gastropub, British, Pub Grub, $$$
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steak and ale pie at the roundhouse | © bob walker/Flickr

Run by Fuller’s, The Round House is a classic pub through and through; hearty pub fare like pie and mash, fish finger sandwiches and sticky toffee pudding all come out of the kitchen. Plus, great real ales are on tap at the bar. Thanks to its prime spot on Garrick Street, it always has a bustling atmosphere too.
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Mon - Thu:
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

The Cambridge

Gastropub, British, Pub Grub, $$$
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Right in the heart of theatreland, The Cambridge has been standing since 1887 (on the site of an earlier pub), and it has retained that traditional character. As well as serving classic pub grub, The Cambridge is also a speciality pie house, dishing up everything from shepherd’s pie to chicken, chorizo and cider pie. And like all Nicholson pubs, it’s strong on both the ale and gin fronts.

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Mon - Sat:
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sun:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed