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Belgo Centraal: "A touch of Belgium in London" Top 5 Page for this destination Belgo Tip by toonsarah

Belgo, London: 24 reviews and 24 photos

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This is a chain of Belgian restaurants with several locations in London, the original and best known being in Covent Garden, Belgo Centraal. This is in a basement; a noisy place, full of bustle, with wait staff dressed in monks’ habits (a nod to the monastic origins of many Belgian beers) and lots of large parties in the main hall which has a beer cellar vibe. The restaurant is a little more peaceful, and better-suited to smaller groups, but don’t believe the website which describes it as “intimate” – this is not the place to bring a date! The food though is excellent, with moules being the favourite, though by no means the only, choice. These come in a variety of flavours, including the very un-Belgian but delicious Thai. Wash your meal down with one (or more likely several!) of the many beers on offer (I counted 70 on the menu). For non-beer drinkers there is wine available by the glass or bottle, but this really is a beer-lover’s destination.

The other branch that I’ve visited is the Bierodrome Kingsway, an altogether more relaxed and quieter venue, with a welcoming bar in the front part of the building and a small restaurant area behind. There are slightly fewer beers on offer, but still more than enough to see you through an evening’s drinking, and the menu is the same as at Belgo Centraal.

Favorite Dish: On a recent visit to Belgo Centraal I shared a platter of charcuterie and tasty rye bread with a friend, and followed this with the pan-fried fillet of cod with spinach mash and raspberry beer, port and shallot sauce. The fish was beautifully cooked and the sauce delicious, but the potato let down by being not quite hot enough. I also had a side of red cabbage braised with raspberry beer, which was really good! With a couple of different beers, coffee after the meal and service, I paid about £30 – not bad for central London.

Address: Belgo Centraal, 50 Earlham Street, WC2H 9L
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Nearest tube for Belgo Centraal is Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), and for the Bierodrome Kingsway, Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines)
Phone: %s3 %cb 020 7813 2233
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 3
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 25, 2008
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