“Contemporary take on classic French cuisine in Covent Garden” - AA Inspector
LONDON WC2, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
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If you’re looking for a romantic spot, then it’s hard to beat Clos Maggiore. The garden is brought inside here, with dried foliage adorning the walls and on the ceilings. The decor is plush and upmarket with dark wood, leather banquettes, upholstered seats and pleated floor-length curtains, while the tables are covered with white linen. The conservatory is festooned with boughs of cherry blossom and fairy lights and features a retractable glass roof creating a bright and airy dining space in the summer. It is transformed by candles and a warming fire for the winter months. Staff are immaculate in black, providing seamless service for all those ready to celebrate special occasions or share a romantic meal. The setting may be soft focus but there’s nothing whimsical about the cooking. Chef Roxanne Lange serves French dishes inspired by Provençal and Italian cuisine, achieving big, clear flavours from high-quality British ingredients. These ingredients are well sourced and skilfully handled, with easy-on-the-eye presentations adding to the lustre. These skills are to be found in the starters, with dishes such as Iberico Bellota ham, heirloom tomato with sourdough crisp or Cornish crab served with crispy brioche and a radish and cucumber broth. There’s decadence to follow in the main course: Poll Dorset lamb rack is partnered with sweet bread, carrots and a mustard jus, while fish fans could be seduced by lobster with fennel, tarragon and an orange and lobster sauce. Desserts are a beguiling proposition too. They appear to be named after yogurt flavours – peach and raspberry or chocolate, milk and coffee – but deliver so much more. Dessert wines are suggested alongside each dish. Being at the heart of Covent Garden makes Clos Maggiore a good choice for a pre-show meal and the restaurant offers a pre-theatre set menu. There’s also a prix-fixe menu that changes regularly.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 70
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30: 2000
- Wines by the glass: 54
- Cuisine style: French, Mediterranean
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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