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3.78/5 rDev -10.6%
Went here for lunch on a Saturday. You enter on the main street and go downstairs. There is a large dining area with arched doorways and waiters dressed in monks attire. For being underground the place was well lit and clean. My wife and I both ordered two 1/2 kilo different style mussels with pomme frites which was one of the 7.95 lunch specials. Great deal for the money. The staff was very attentive and we each had two beers. They have about 10 beers on draft. Not a huge selection, but most beers are belgian. They have quite a number of different bottles as well. Free Wi-Fi was great. Overall a nice lunch place in Covent Garden. Good value for the money.
06-19-2014 12:24:29 | More by jcavend1
4.44/5 rDev +5%
I took my son here after a day of museums and parks in London. Nice basement setting with Ikea-type furniture arranged in communal beer-hall fashion. It was surprisingly busy for 4pm on a Monday, but it was a holiday weekend.
Staff were decked out in monk-like robes and that made for a fun setting. Arched roofs on the basement ceiling, and I enjoyed the atmosphere. Good frites. We had no other food, but the menu looked good and the frites were quite decent and we weren't charged for them.
I got two beers which were served well and priced decently, especially for London. The Saison Dupont was good and not skunked, thank goodness for brown bottles in Europe. I also got a Bush Scaldis via bottle that was good and served in proper glassware.
Service was a bit slow but we had a shift change during our stay, and considering that it went smoothly. No real issues here, and our second waiter was able to cash us out quickly.
Selection was decent with a handful of respectable Belgians on bottle as well as a few tap selections. Restaurant area appeared family-friendly. I'd definitely go back if I'm in London again.
05-27-2013 21:12:37 | More by VAcrossr
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
Lively, fun concept in Covent Garden. Cellar converted into a restaurant. Decorated with kind of flashy urban-euro touches like big copper panels on the walls and beer signs. Furniture looks like Ikea but seems to fit with the concept. Cushioned benches along the walls and large group tables in the middle of the dining rooms. There was no "bar" for just sitting and drinking beer; at least I never saw one.
Waiters are dressed up like Trappist monks. Lots of eager servers with pretty good knowledge of Belgian beers but no free samples or chit-chat. I counted 8 taps (3 of which served Belgian brews) and 70 bottle choices. Nearly all of the bottles were Belgian covering a wide range of beers. A few of the taps were "macro" like Stella and Carlsberg but they also had Jupiler and Affligem on tap.
Food was excellent. I had the beef carbonnade and pommes-frites which were fresh and well made.
Prices were about what you would expect for London. Two beers and a meal cost me about $30.
This would be a great place to party with friends.
10-26-2011 13:30:09 | More by joedon
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Nice place. All wait staff dress as Belgian monks even though I didn't talk to one who was either English or Belgian. The beer selection was very good. Our table of three shared better than a dozen, and we liked 2/3 of them. It was nice to see some varieties not available in the U.S. It was also a great break from the unbelievably bland beer scene that now exists in the U.K.
The mussels were truly exceptional. We got the thai cocunut and the garlic butter varieties. I could eat them all night. Some of the other food was not quite as good, but all in all a very nice place and I would go back.
07-09-2011 01:55:42 | More by dougmiller112
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
I ve been to the Belgo Centraal several times with my girl-friend. There is a huge selection of Belgian beers mainly bottled but also some on tab.
It is set up in an old factory hall and all underground. The feeling is a bit "communist" for want of a better term and this is the main/only downside.
The food is good and adequately priced just below the 10 pound mark. Quality seems fine and again the beers are amazing.
Service is friendly and efficient - I ll probably go back there but not tonight!
10-17-2009 14:25:09 | More by DerBayer
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.85/5 rDev -9%
I had a meeting in London and made a beeline for this place before catching my flight home. In truth I wanted to check out a couple of beers and then leave however you CANNOT go here just for a beer. The food prices also looked a bit too expensive but they have a mini "beat the clock menu" between 5 and 6.30 where you pay the time that you are served. This is definitely recommended as good value and the food was decent enough. When I arrived it was not at all busy (just after 5.00) but it filled up very quickly, with many tourists...
Service was friendly enough and having the waiting staff wearing the monk's habits certainly added to the atmosphere though this will probably appear rather corny after a few visits.
Beer selection was pretty good though I'd rather have sampled a few more beers without the need to eat. With the "beat the clock" there was a Cristal beer thrown in that was pleasant enough. I also tried a bottled De Konninck triple which was tasty.
Overall a good experience and I'd come back and eat (and drink) here. I feel it would benefit from having a bar-only area for discerning beer lovers.
10-13-2007 11:28:11 | More by Stephen63
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
What a place!
Went, strictly from reading about this place from THIS forum.
I sorta knew what to expect, but, as you may have figured from reading all the reviews----it is hard to imagine what this place is
like until you finish the twisting steps, down into the electrified dungeon...lol.
The food gets a bad rap in restaurant guides but, I'm telling you,,,on my 1st trip there, the food was very good. Wife and kid had desert there too and they said it was the BEST dessert they ever had...(It is a Belgian thing to have the best desserts, with the Belgian chocolate--the worlds best chocolate.).
The atmosphere is odd and lively and nicely different than any place I've ever been. Is dark but brightliy lit at the same time...haha...hope that's not too abstract. Is noisy with people from all countries from Europe. The staff is a knowledgable mix
of European's. Our monk, that waited on us was from Sweden. I took a pic with her.
The beer selection is vast, though I was a bit disappointed they only had 5 beers on draft, and 2 were Grimbergen's, which I seem to have been running into everywhere over there in Europe.
AND, also disappointed they didn't have the 2nd beer I asked for. Was a Hoegaarden Cru, (I believe), Was an 8% Hoegaarden.
Had a St Feuillion from the tap...was GREAT! Then a LaChouffe from the bottle selection. THAT is my FAV Belgian Beer.
Nothing but good things to say about this joint.
PLUS----it is right in the Theater district.
An interesting place to start off theater night.
08-04-2007 17:47:34 | More by Dennycurr
Belgo Centraal in London, United Kingdom (England)
93 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.