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Hampshire Bar and Restaurant: "Before or after theater refreshment" Scoff & Banter Tip by rexvaughan

Scoff & Banter, London: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  The lounge area
by rexvaughan
  • The lounge area - London
      The lounge area
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  • The table is too low but the food wonderful - London
      The table is too low but the food wonderful
    by rexvaughan

This bar and restaurant is in the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, however, it seems to be independent of the hotel. It has the feel of a bar/lounge more than a restaurant and is quite attractive with sofas, easy chairs and low tables arranged with lots of space. The decor is minimalist and very smart, giving the place a sophisticated but relaxed ambience. The staff was efficient and cordial. I asked for the names of the cheeses and 2 or 3 of the waitresses set about the task of determining exactly what they were. The cheeses were: stilton, cheddar, wensleydale, goat and emmental. When I asked about the emmental, which is Swiss, the waitress chalked it up to the chef's creative side. The only downside to the place is that the nice chairs do not go well with the low tables for purposes of eating

Favorite Dish: We did not want a full meal and decided to have drinks (margarita for my wife and a gin & tonic for me) along with a plate of English cheeses. No matter what you think of English cuisine, you have to admit they do wonderful things with dairy products and these cheeses (6 different ones) were no exception. I don't remember any of the names except Stilton but they were all very tasty. I don't know how a full meal would be but suspect it would be more than satisfactory.

Address: 36 Liecester Square
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Right in the Theatre District on Leicester Square
Phone: + 44 (0)20 7839 9399
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 4
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 23, 2007
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