Villandry, Regent's Park
The owners bill this as an all day French restaurant, foodstore, bakery and bar under one roof and they tell no lies. The formal restaurant is in the hundred-quid-or-more for two area, but you can choose to eat either in the charcuterie - a collection of long shared kitchen-style tables mixed in with the retail and takeaway shoppers - or here in the bar. It's square and simple, with charming table service and a short but appetising menu that includes a separate breakfast and afternoon tea selection. It's aimed at those who eat with their drinks - although there are a couple of stools at the bar, we didn't see them used during a fairly busy lunchtime session. At first glance prices seem not bad for the area - Becks and Stella at £3.25 and £3.50 a pint (interestingly, slightly more than quoted on the current web site) bottled beers around the same mark and a reasonable selection of wines under £20. But that's before VAT and service up it by more than a quarter, so even sandwiches and a couple of drinks will mean two of you are quickly nudging forty quid. Still as an elegantly simple pit-stop it has its merits and round here - well, round everywhere in truth - you gets what you pays for.
170 Great Portland Street, Regent's Park, London, W1W 5QB
020 7631 3131
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