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This historic Soho watering hole, once a favourite haunt of writers and artists such as Dylan Thomas, Brendan Behan and Francis Bacon, has only seven t...
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Bar, European, Pub
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Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A small restaurant above the pub. Excellent food, in a pleasant, quiet atmosphere and friendly staff. Menu changes daily, with some interesting dishes.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb lunch and afternoon in The French House. Excellent sélection of starters and main courses accompanied by exquisite aperitifs and digestifs. Plumb brandy was exhilarating. All delightfully served by Suzanne and Maxi. Honoured by Neil’s personal attention and special mention for chef Paul who guided...us through each of our gastronomic selections. An establishment steeped in history and an historic day for us. Thanks so much guys.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Truly excellent cooking married with an efficient and effortlessly competent front of house. To drink, we had aperitifs and a reasonably priced bottle of Pomerol, followed by a couple of glasses of Sauternes. To eat, my wife had a roast scallop (“delicious!”) and I had...a slab of ox tongue with cress and horseradish which is possibly the most delicious way I’ve had this cooked: quite dense meat, really beefy flavour and utterly delicious. For mains, we had a spatchcocked quail and pork cheeks - both really well cooked. For pudding, we had a Paris-Brest. The service was attentive without being intrusive. All reasonably priced and a memorable dinner well worth the effort of waiting for a table (owing to its popularity, we had to book some time in advance) in a small, simple dining room. Fantastic!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024

Bit of a curates egg this place but still love it, very expensive ribeye not of the best quality so cant understand the price, fish also way over £40 so we have decided to share plates from now on as we have history here

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 December 2023 via mobile

Fantastic food with impeccable service. Ghenta & Leo were amazing, perfect blend of funny, friendly & professional. Neil brought out the madeleines which freshly baked were one of the best desserts either of us have ever had. We are already planning our next visit, can’t...wait!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 December 2023

Superb. French cuisine at its very best. Subtle, complex, well-balanced flavours. Cannot recall a meal in London as good as this in twenty years. La Trompette at its best, maybe. Neil Borthwick is a very fine chef (and on a cold, dark Wednesday evening was...in the kitchen not leaving it to others). Warm welcome from cheery, knowledgeable staff who take great pride in the sheer quality of what they are serving. I doubt an interior designer has been near, but who cares? The napery is spotless and the food memorable (and not ridiculously pricey). Delicious chicory-based salad (and I find salads boring usually) and a gorgeous duck breast (for two) linger in the memory.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

I have been to this popular but small Soho restaurant a number of times in recent years but today's visit has made me vow never to go there again. The food was good the wine was quaffable but expensive at £45 a bottle. However we...were asked to move tables after our main course to let a threesome sit down and offered another table plus a glass of Calvados each as a sweetener. We agreed and were still eating our pudding when the waitress arrived with the bill and asked us to pay up and leave (nicely) as a couple were waiting by the door for our table!! We remonstrated that we had accommodated their needs and had not finished eating yet but another waitress accused us of rudeness by objecting to their demands!! We had exceeded their two hour limit by 15 minutes but all restaurants in London have this limit and yet I have never in 30 years been asked to leave my table especially in such circumstances. Life is too short to be harassed by rude waiting staff especially when you are paying £170 for two including tip (yes we did leave a tip, God knows why!!)More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 November 2023

Please keep this place a secret so I can get a table next time I need one! And that will be very soon! This spot is that very rare thing in London these days - unassuming, skilled and lovely staff, proper plates of food not...dinky sharing rip-offs! Short and special menu, unashamedly serving meat and of course other things. Magret was stunning and the American football of luscious chocolate mousse restarted my stalled relationship with chocolate mousse! Oops. Forgot the perfect Irish rock oysters! Thank You Neil and staff! RxMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

Upon many recommendations, it was finally time to try out the upstairs restaurant at this great pub. It did not disappoint!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

First visit to the French House and enjoyed it immensely. Cosy dining room, friendly, knowledgeable and effective service, thankfully short and reasonably priced wine list, classical French food, cooked really nicely. We had scallops, goats cheese curd with a baked garlic on sourdough and shared...the duck with fois gras with aligot and greens. Followed be cheese and crumble supported by Poire William, Port and coffee. Would have been a 5 but the meat main course had sold out (at 6.30) so the only choice we has was both having monkfish or the shared duck (at a rather steep £95).More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023

Fantastic lunch last Saturday. The usual, and impeccable service all under the guise of Head Chef Neil Borthwick. Great team work, exceptional food, attention to detail and collaboration going on. Thanks again to Leo, Susanne and the team for making us feel at home the...minute we walked through the door.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023

The pub is an historic Soho institution. The small restaurant is in the room above. The food was very good - rich and tasty. The waiter was a little bit loud and overbearing and unfortunately we were at table adjacent a draughty doorway.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023

One of the best bars we visited, such a lovely little place to have a drink, we didnt eat as it was a bit late. Terry was fantastic, such a lovely man and we had a really good laugh with him.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023 via mobile

In this health-conscious day and age, so many restaurants present a toned-down version of the great European cuisines. They also look to differentiate through “modern twists”, sometimes ill conceived imho. Not here! The small dining room above a teeming Dean St is putting out plenty...of flavour (and calories) with no restraint and we loved it. My brains with capers were quite something: creamy, salty, acidic all at once. Don’t worry, there are also more mainstream starter choices such as goat’s curd and confit garlic. My quail with foie gras on a celeriac remoulade was tender and full of flavour, as were my friends’ respective fish dishes. Cheeses were ripe. The madeleines washed down with various eaux de vie were still warm. Superb. Couple of things not ideal: it’s a tiny place so we were booted out and had to finish the digestifs and madeleines in the street - so watch your time allocation and pace. Also when asked about a choice between two white wines the helpful waiter instead recommended trading up by about 30 quid and the wine was a disappointment - I think it needed to open up while it arrived very last minute. But I still give this 5 stars for the overall experience which transported me to many a holiday night of indulgence in France, way back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023 via mobile

This place is very popular. God knows why. For some strange reason, they only serve beer in half pints. There are no hand pumps - perhaps it is a French thing. On the wall are photos of French people you have never heard of. If...this is typical of a French bar, then forget it.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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