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Belgo Centraal

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Belgo CentraalBelgo Centraal
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Taps: 5
Bottles: 56
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

50 Earlham Street
London, WC2H 9LJ
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 20 7813 2233

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @belgobill

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Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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!

roblowther, Feb 15, 2007
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

jonb5, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Highbury09, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of jcavend1
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.

jcavend1, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of jeiiVP
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jeiiVP, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of VAcrossr
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.

VAcrossr, May 27, 2013
Photo of joedon
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.

joedon, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of dougmiller112
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.

dougmiller112, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of DerBayer
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!

DerBayer, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Stephen63
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.

Stephen63, Oct 13, 2007
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Belgo Centraal in London, United Kingdom (England)
93 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.