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“Clergy friends' lunch”
Review of Shaws Booksellers

Shaws Booksellers
Ranked #5,172 of 23,242 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: City of London
Description: A great pub near St Paul's Cathedral, the oddly-named Shaws Booksellers combines the understated charm of a trusted local with a thriving City Centre location. Expect freshly-prepared, seasonal pub food, traditional real ale and a relaxing respite from the city. Shaws Booksellers is a gastro pub with character in the heart of London's financial district. Its location makes it handy for those working in the area, or, with its close proximity to St Pauls Catherdral, the Tate Modern, the Millenium Bridge and the Museum of London, a great stop off or evening out for visitors wanting to try some quality British pub food. The pub itself is situated in a converted paper merchant's warehouse with a split level interior giving it a cosy feel. Food is served between 12 pm - 3 pm and 5 pm - 9 pm Monday to Friday and consists of some British classics and some continental European dishes.
Reviewed 9 April 2013

A few of us have been in the habit over the last few years of lunching here following the service at St Paul's cathedral on Maundy Thursday. This year once again we enjoyed good service and a very appetising meal. The restaurant is always busy; there is a real buzz of city workers, but the staff are always attentive and prompt. The quality of the food is excellent.

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Reviewed 14 February 2013

I was taken here one lunchtime and unfortunately even though we arrived early we were informed it was fully booked. Upon seeing our disappointment a lovely member of staff advised that if we could order within a few minutes of sitting down, then they could squeeze us in. I'm so pleased we did this as we had a lovely lunch.
I'd been advised that portions were huge, so we skipped starters. We each had a glass of red wine, along with one of the burgers and a lamb lasagne. The burger was one of the largest i've ever seen, with bacon, cheese, onions, pickles, lettuce and tomato relish. It was extremely thick and very tasty, it also came with the biggest portion of wedges i've ever seen! The lamb lasagne looked beautiful and very well presented.
It's not a cheap place to go £42 for 2 mains and 2 glasses of wine. However it is a great atmosphere, great service and very tasty food. Will certainly be going back.

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Reviewed 7 November 2012

Came here for a business lunch. Pleasantly surprised what you find in the back streets around St Pauls. A quirky, eclectic mix of furniture, wooden floor boards, chalk boards with menus on set the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Food was very tasty and there was a a reasonable choice. Presentation of the mushroom risotto I enjoyed, needs some attention. Flavour was fab, but you could be put off. Good wine choice, and nice wines available by the glass. My lunch partner was particularly thrilled by the draught 'Honeydew' lager. A lovely experience and one i would definitely go back to enjoy again

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Thank Laura G
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

One of several pubs in the area between St Pauls and the river, this is a good place to eat excellent food and good beers but try to pick a quiet time because it can be full of suits spilling out into the road given the density of the office space surrounding it. Closed on a Saturday but can be used for private functions when they will open just for you and your guests if you can guarantee a minimum level of spend.

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Thank LargelyMonk
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

This is a nice place. It was originally a paper warehouse, then it was dressed as a bookseller's shop for the set for a film (hence the name) and now it is a pub/restaurant.

When we have been there, half the folk are city types in suits and half are locals or builders or tourists - a real mix.

The food is good and the service is efficient and friendly.

It's a nice spot that has had us going back several times. It would be good for an informal business lunch, or for a pint with friends.

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Thank Britbiztraveller
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