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Hello Chowhound London I need your input please. I will be in London next month and seeking recommendations for casual dining. We are staying at the Hilton Park Lane (near Mayfair). I am not familiar with pub fare? Can anyone explain this type of food? Also we are going to the theatre at the New London theatre so looking for a pre theatre dinner recommendation as well. I appreciate any input. I have been searching the boards and a couple on restaurants keep coming up - The Square, L'telier de Joel Robuchon, The Ledbury and J Sheekey. I am seeking expert direction for good food experience. Thanks.

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  1. My partner and I spent 10 days in England recently (2 days in London) and had many excellent meals. The Ledbury was one of the best, with interesting and beautifully prepared food in a lovely atmosphere with perfect service, topped only by La Becasse in Ludlow (oddly, Ledbury has 2 Michelin stars and LB has only one). We also had the prix-fixe lunch at Robuchon, and based on this I would strongly recommend against it. Perhaps the food on the a la carte menu is better, but if a 2-star restaurant cannot produce a decent prix-fixe, why do they offer it at all? The food we had there was not worthy of any recognition from Michelin, IMO.

    1. Had dinner at Moti Mahal last night before going to the New London theater, and it was very good. Very delicious Indian food, nice atmosphere and service, and it's just steps from the theater. We had some terrific starters, including the chaat, some stuffed peppers with chutneys, and some fried okra and lotus root, and then a very nice lamb curry. Interesting cocktails as well.

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      Moti Mahal
      45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, GB

      1. For casual dining I suggest The Harwood Arms, The Bull & Last, St. John Bread & Wine and J. Sheekey Oyster Bar. Each restaurant has a website so that you can review menus (and get an idea of type of cuisine) and prices. For a less casual experience, on my list for July is The Ledbury and The Square (both of which I've been to several times and adore) and Dinner and Pollen Street Social (which are both new to me). Again, all of these restaurants have websites to view their menus.

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        St. John
        26 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY, GB

        1. Your list is pretty good. The Ledbury is excellent across the board whether the weekday lunch menu at £28, the Sunday lunch menu (£40 but better value) or the evening menus starting at £75. L'Atelier does do one of the best pre-theatre deals but I've heard multiple reports that say don't bother - yes you're technically eating at a 2* place but the food isn't worthy of it. You are better off lunching at the Square/Hibiscus or similar.

          I can't recommend Pollen St Social highly enough and Dinner (although almost certainly too late for a reservation) is worth a try as it is unique.

          Pre the New London I would try Moti Mahal for the Indian or Great Queen Street for 'pub' fare. Both are very close to the theatre.

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          Moti Mahal
          45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, GB

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          1. re: ManInTransit

            Thanks so much. I knew you all would all come through for me. We are going to go with Moti Mahal and The Ledbury. I will make sure to post a review. I read one post that gave a recommendation for how and what to order at an Indian Restaurant since I haven't had Indian food. I have had Sri Lankan and many other Asian foods so this will be a whole new experience for me. Cheers

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            Moti Mahal
            45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, GB