Taps: 5 / Bottles: 56
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I took my son here after a day of museums and parks in London. Nice basement setting with Ikea-type furniture arranged in communal beer-hall fashion. It was surprisingly busy for 4pm on a Monday, but it was a holiday weekend.
Staff were decked out in monk-like robes and that made for a fun setting. Arched roofs on the basement ceiling, and I enjoyed the atmosphere. Good frites. We had no other food, but the menu looked good and the frites were quite decent and we weren't charged for them.
I got two beers which were served well and priced decently, especially for London. The Saison Dupont was good and not skunked, thank goodness for brown bottles in Europe. I also got a Bush Scaldis via bottle that was good and served in proper glassware.
Service was a bit slow but we had a shift change during our stay, and considering that it went smoothly. No real issues here, and our second waiter was able to cash us out quickly.
Selection was decent with a handful of respectable Belgians on bottle as well as a few tap selections. Restaurant area appeared family-friendly. I'd definitely go back if I'm in London again.
05-27-2013 21:12:37 | More by VAcrossr
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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 +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice place. All wait staff dress as Belgian monks even though I didn't talk to one who was either English or Belgian. The beer selection was very good. Our table of three shared better than a dozen, and we liked 2/3 of them. It was nice to see some varieties not available in the U.S. It was also a great break from the unbelievably bland beer scene that now exists in the U.K.
The mussels were truly exceptional. We got the thai cocunut and the garlic butter varieties. I could eat them all night. Some of the other food was not quite as good, but all in all a very nice place and I would go back.
07-09-2011 01:55:42 | More by dougmiller112
3.9/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had a meeting in London and made a beeline for this place before catching my flight home. In truth I wanted to check out a couple of beers and then leave however you CANNOT go here just for a beer. The food prices also looked a bit too expensive but they have a mini "beat the clock menu" between 5 and 6.30 where you pay the time that you are served. This is definitely recommended as good value and the food was decent enough. When I arrived it was not at all busy (just after 5.00) but it filled up very quickly, with many tourists...
Service was friendly enough and having the waiting staff wearing the monk's habits certainly added to the atmosphere though this will probably appear rather corny after a few visits.
Beer selection was pretty good though I'd rather have sampled a few more beers without the need to eat. With the "beat the clock" there was a Cristal beer thrown in that was pleasant enough. I also tried a bottled De Konninck triple which was tasty.
Overall a good experience and I'd come back and eat (and drink) here. I feel it would benefit from having a bar-only area for discerning beer lovers.
10-13-2007 11:28:11 | More by Stephen63
4.65/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
5/5 rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The atmosphere is just unreal. A ride down the old-fashioned caged elevator ends in a wine-cellar setting and a host in full monk regalia. The walk past dozens, nay scores, of Chimay bottles decorating the bar is enough to set the mood & set my tastebuds on edge. The quality is, again, unsurpassed. Belgian specialties designed around the beers make the best choices, and the pomme frites make US french fries hide their soggy, uninspired heads in shame. The service is, yet again, the best you could hope for. Two separate trips have had the waiter buy us a round of schnapps and their suggestions for food/beer pairings have never led me astray. The selection makes me want to move to London. Seriously. Now. I have never seen this selection outside of Belgium and not many places inside of it, either. The food (broken record here) is phenomenal. Try the flamande carbonnade and your love of the dish will even make you forgive my Texican spelling. The prices are VERY reasonable given the cost to stock this holy grail of Belgian beer outside of Belgium. Seriously. If you like beer at all, and if you're ever in London, do NOT miss this place!
02-15-2007 04:07:40 | More by roblowther
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The overall rating for Belgo Centraal seems a bit low from my experience, but I haven't read the review yet so not sure what my other BAs were looking at. I found it to be a wonderful experience and highlight of our trip to London.
Of course, we show up for dinner on a Saturday, which, as tourists, we should have come earlier in the trip, but I got the flu on flight over, so it wasn't until the end of the trip that I was up to multiple beers and a big meal. The line looked long and the bar was packed, but the wait was about half the 45 min they told us it would be. BC has a sorta industrial chic look, lots of shiny metal and exposed heating ducts upstairs. The whole place, including the one room bathroom with opposing stalls and single hand washing area w/ friendly attendant, felt a bit like a night club, but not everyone was young and underdressed.
At the bar, I ordered a Brugs Tarwebier, a very good wit, and my wife and a Huyghe Fruli on tap. Both excellent, well served and handled. Bartender was effusively apologetic for having to change the keg for my beer, but it was worth it. We were just thinking about what to drink next when our names were called for table.
So, you're told to wander downstairs, and immediately you see the open kitchen and monk dressed waiters and waitresses. Many of the tables are like giant picnic tables with groups set beside each other, though I noticed that a bit of space was left between groups who weren't together. My wife and I sat at a table for two around the outside of the main seating section, which we preferred. Still tight and close, like sitting at most Cheesecake Factories, but there's a much better sense of privacy in spite of being close. In the states I generally hate being that close because it's impossible to sit w/o hearing conversations and generally invading each other's space, but it wasn't a problem here.
We ordered the Bouchee aux Champignons Sauvage, a puff pastry filled with wild mushrooms and button onions that was covered in an Orval and truffle cream sauce. Very spectacular. A salad was the only other vegetarian option, but when the one option I have is so awesome, who cares. Better than I expected really, since the place specializes in mussels, which a third to half of the tables had at some point. Service was very good in spite of being full, except my Orval was a bit slow in coming to the table so that I could drink it with the meal.
For dessert, I had a bottle of Hoegarden Grand Cru, which was a good choice as well. My wife left for the hotel since I was heading to a brewpub across the street, Bunker Beirhall, so I turned to people watch while finishing my beer, and it was a wide variety of young and old, lost track of how many languages, quiet dates and raucous laughter all rolled into one. Very fun place, well worth the visit. I was informed later by some Brits while sitting at Market Porter that the 12% suggested tip on the Belgo bill is truly optional, and need not be paid. Not that it bothered me much to pay it since it was a fine experience. So, five beers and a shared entree was about 30 pounds, so it is a bit pricey. We ate at the local grocery store Marks and Spencer most of the trip, so no worries to splurge for this one.
01-14-2007 14:52:10 | More by FightingEntropy
4/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Found this restaurant while waiting to go to a play at the Donmar Warehouse theatre across the street. In the basement of a building of shops, it's warm and cozy, although it can feel little too warm in the summer.
Food was very good, although not the best ever. We tried some baked chicken, fries, and mussels, and we weren't disappointed with any of them.
Beer selection is fantastic. Wide range of beers available on tap, particularly Beglian beers (go figure). We each tried one beer on recommendation from the wait staff, which paired up nicely with the food.
Service was good; again, nothing exceptional.
Overall, it's worth the visit for the underground ambience and beer offerings, but it was a bit too expensive to merit multiple visits.
05-18-2006 20:29:25 | More by ndekke39
3.75/5 rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in while on vacation in London over the Thanksgiving holiday. We found this place in several of our guide books and it was recommended.
We actually had walked by the place on Friday night and it was packed. We choose to hit it during the week. The place offers two types of seating, reserved and walk in, all of which is in the basement of the building. Kind of like a bunker. We did the "walk in" and sat in the beer hall section and were actually seated at a two top table on the side. The middle section is picnic-type tables.
While I waited for my wife to arrive from work, I sat in the little bar area near the back door. (The restaurant has a front (off of Earlham) and back door (off of Shelton).) There were 3 beers on tap. A lager, a wit, and a strawberry beer. All Belgian. The bottle selection was much bigger, but I did not see the beer menu until we were seated.
Beer menu seemed pretty good. I am not up on Belgian beers but there were several pages to the menu. I selected a Leffe Brune and the wife went with a framboos (don't remember the brewery). Served in the appropriate glassware as expected.
We had the mussels of course. Food came out very quickly and was very good and the mussels were fresh. We opted for no dessert or coffee.
Service was OK. As noted by another reviewer, flagging down your server is tricky. Servers were dressed in frocks. Kinda weird.
11-29-2005 17:43:37 | More by wlhagan3
Belgo Centraal in London, United Kingdom (England)
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.