Goodge St/Warren St area suggestions for coffee, moderately priced eats & atmospheric pubs
Bringing husband to see London for his birthday, and we are staying in the above area. Any suggestions for:
1. good coffee? in the bay area, my husband consumes ritual or blue bottle daily, and will need his caffeine!
2. moderately priced good eats (<40 quid per person)? We are omnivores, will eat anything as long as it's tasty. I have perused the boards and copied down some suggestions, but it is all a bit overwhelming! I thought I would just focus on the area we're staying. I hate paying $$$ for mediocre food.
3. local atmospheric pubs? I saw some posts but none seem to be in our area. If there are none, then ok!
thank you in advance for your help.
Very cheap (around a fiver) dosa and south Indian thalis at Rasa Express on the Euston Road, just round the corner from Warren Street tube on the same block . Good for a quick lunch, really excellent food - it's one of the usually more expensive Rasa chain of Keralan restaurants.
I work right by Warren St and can definitely vouch for Honey and Co. from what I've had so far. It's always busy so you do need to book.
Similarly, Rasa Express is good for a cheap lunch. I have found over the years that the offering in the thali is now pretty much the same every day, which is a shame as it used to be more varied (including a lovely mung bean thoran) way back when. But still a fine option.
In terms of coffee, Tapped and Packed is good. I also really like the coffee from 3 Little Pigs, which is housed in Black Truffle, the shoe shop on Warren St.
Polka Gelato is also good for, well, gelato.
There is a Sichuan place on Cleveland St that I haven't been to yet, but is meant to be good.
And Hoxton Beach falafel are really, really good.
Mennula on Charlotte St. is a cozy, small Italian place with emphasis on Sicilian food. The prices aren't too bad, and although it wouldn't be my first choice for an Italian meal in London, it's near your hotel if the weather is bad and the menu seems appealing.
1. Can't really help you on the coffee. Middling chains abound in London so there are plenty of those. There's loads of small cafes around the area I'm sure one of those will do good coffee others on the board will be able to guide you.
2. On Warren St itself is Salt Yard which I love. I've never had a bad dish and have been several times. I've never squeaked by under £40 but then I'm greedy. The tapas is in the £6-9 range each and the pork belly with beans and rosemary is a must.
3. I haven't been to that many pubs in the area as if I'm in town it's bar rather than pub
. I do quite like the KIng and Queen though on Foley St which has a good range of ales.
Agree with rec for Salt Yard, it's very good (but it's on Goodge St not Warren St!).
I like the Carpenters Arms on Whitfield St - it's got a little beer garden on the roof but can sometimes be over run by media types. Across Tottenham Court Road the Fitzrovia Belle is also good. For more old school pub the Newman Arms is good, also does excellent pies.
Lantana just off Goodge St does excellent coffee (Antipodean-style) and great breakfasts.
1. Coffee I'd recommend Tapped and Packed http://www.tappedandpacked.co.uk and Store Street Espresso http://www.storestreetbloomsbury.co.uk/shop-eat/ss-espresso/
2. There's plenty of places on Goodge Street and Charlotte Street with varying levels of quality and price. I'd say the best moderate places are Koba ) (http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/venue/2%3A27138/koba and Salt Yard (http://www.saltyard.co.uk/restaurant/) although you might have to be slightly careful to get under 40 quid. I hear good things about bubbledogs (http://www.bubbledogs.co.uk), I'm off there myself soon; it's Gourmet Hot Dogs and Grower Champagnes.
3. Goodge Street has the better pubs. The best is the Draft House on the corner of Goodge and Charlotte Street. It's a bit small, but very lively and does great beer. Further south down Charlotte Street and around there's a clutch of pubs: The Fitzrovia and The Newman Arms probably being the best.
With a little bit of travelling (by foot if you're confident, by tube if you're not) you can also get to some other great areas like Soho and Marylebone. But that would bring hundreds of recommendations for places to go :)