The Only Running Footman, Mayfair

Our rating: FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 5 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (3 reviews)
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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
It's perhaps surprising that they aren't more places in Mayfair like The Only Running Footman. How best to describe it? Gastropub? Pub and Dining Room? What's easier to define is how much of it is actually a pub. In floor space, it's half of the (small) ground floor: a couple of tables, tall stools around the windows - the rest is table-clothed dining space. So, even with a decent drink selection including three real ales and friendly enough staff, there's just not that much room to enjoy yourself in, though the large windows opening onto the side are a boon on nice days. Upstairs is a first floor restaurant, there's a function room on the second floor and a chef's table on the third. If that wasn't enough stress on this one's foodie credentials, there's even a cookery school in the basement (honest). The food here may well be a knockout - whether made by the staff or the cookery school's pupils - but as a pub, as somewhere to relax over a couple of drinks, even if the loudish music allowed it, we're not convinced.
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06 Jul 2012
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We came here for a work do - the Sea Bass was excellent and I took home the Sticky Toffee Pudding receipe after!
The girl serving us was so friendly and attentive and did really well to deal with a big bunch of blokes like us and she kept the red wine flowing all night long!
Overall great night
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01 May 2009
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Thursday 30 April 2009

We waited an hour and a half, from 7.30pm until 9pm for a seafood pasta dish and a roast pork dish. The food was good, but we were starving by the time it turned up. Taking 2 drinks of the bill did not compensate for the unexcusable wait, we should of left after 30 minutes, but we won't be returning. The drinkers outside on the pavement and road meant that when we left we had to walk out on the road. A rare night out spoilt by the wait. I'd recommend Fino's in Mount Street instead.

Contact details
5 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5DF
0207 499 2988
Opening times
Mon - Fri 7.30am - 11.00pm
Sat 9.30am -11.00pm
Sun 9.30am - 10.00pm
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Overview

This much-loved pub, restaurant and private event space houses elegant, yet unpretentious surroundings, complete with a truly British menu featuring home-grown produce direct from the farmers. Guests can slide up to the long mahogany bar or comfy booth seating and enjoy traditional Blighty breakfasts or old-style pub menu favourites later on. The restaurant is a bit more luxurious, serving stylish items like Rillette of Rabbit & Duck, Spiced Pear Chutney & Toasted Granary Bread against a backdrop of velvet chairs and plush carpeting. For those who feel that the wine bar set have lost sight of what made Britain great, The Only Running Footman is definitely for you.