Blue Door Bistro

4.3
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230 reviews
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A few short steps from the British Museum, The Blue Door Bistro provides a welcoming and informal bistro-style setting. Light and airy at lunchtime, warm and cosy by evening, the room is decorated on three sides with a panoramic view of London circa 1849. Together with the rich mahogany panelled walls, effective use of mirrored glass, and contemporary wrought iron wall lights, an ambience rooted in the hotel’s location is beautifully achieved. Executive chef, Martin Halls, blends seasonal ingredients and herbs from our garden with classical techniques to create seasonal British menus. Our cuisine is commended with an AA rosette and accredited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (2 stars). In all of our products, we only use free-range eggs and are committed to sustainable fisheries for our fish supplies. Our team are trained to ensure that your specific dietary requirements are catered for at all times.

Special Offers

London Restaurant Festival: 3 courses with a glass of wine £35.00 p

From a set menu with a glass of house wine.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun 13:00-14:30 17:30-21:30
Mon-Sat 12:30-14:30 17:30-22:30

New Years Eve Dinner - £90pp

...from a 3 course set menu. Welcome glass of Champagne on arrival.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 31 December 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Tue 19:30-21:00

Christmas Day Menu - £130pp

...enjoy a three course set menu with welcome Champagne and canapes. 3PM is the final sitting.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 25 December 2019

Ends: 25 December 2019

Availability: Wed 13:00-13:00 13:30-13:30 14:00-14:00 14:30-14:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Daily 1:00PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 6:30PM

What 230 People Are Saying
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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience perfect for catching up with friends and having a relaxed dinner.

The staff were so friendly and polite and knowledgeable about the menu and wine.

Perfect evening and so relaxed.

ES
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service, with a traditional bistro style setting. Was a very enjoyable dinner.

HB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and food. So glad we happened on it. Staff we exceptional

EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant with pedestrian food (if you're a vegetarian). The service was excellent and the staff very friendly. The view onto the garden is lovely! But the food was only OK. I was disappointed having read so many positive reviews. Maybe the meat dishes are better prepared? My salad was overpriced and fairly tasteless. The veggies in my pasta primavera were very fresh, but the preparation of the pasta--the flavoring of the sauce--was absent: it was basically grilled veggies and pasta and olive oil with a little parmesan tossed on top. A family sitting next to me allowed their toddler to play her video out loud at the restaurant, and the staff did not intervene. The family was friendly and the kid very cute--but it could have been a distraction for others, as it was, occasionally, for me.

SL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a good meal in comfortable surroundings sitting on the covered terrace. The food was well cooked and presented - not spectacular or particularly exciting or innovative, Which was ideal for the occasion.

JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

I must say that my experience at lunch today was incredibly disappointing. I had been looking for a suitable place to enjoy a quiet lunch with my Grandmother before visiting an exhibition at the British Museum.

Starting on a positive note, the staff were excellent at providing a pre-lunch Gin & Tonic in the hotel before we moved into the dinning room.

Unfortunately after that things started to go down hill. The dinning room was deserted for lunch on a Saturday. As it later became apparent, this was intentional. Two groups of walk-ins were turned away and told that the restaurant was “fully booked” despite it only having only two people in it. This is a restaurant that clearly doesn’t want your business.

On the food quality, I had ordered the fishcake starter which was to be served with a poached egg. The poached egg had been boiled to an inch of its life. The yolk was rock hard and going grey. I am not certain how such an error could occur in a restaurant that only had two diners. Further my Tuna from the Grill menu was barely cooked at all.

Despite these issue the bill also proved challenging. Firstly, I had to remind them that our drinks had not been added to the bill. Secondly, despite the issues they had still had the nerve to add a 12.5% gratuity to the bill. At no point when we were leaving did they attempt to apologise.

For those reading to the end of this review, do not visit this “non-restaurant”, they clearly do not value their customers.

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good meal and good service. We would definitely go again

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Whenever we visit London we try to locate restaurants with good food in specific neighborhoods. We were very pleased to find the Blue Door Bistro next to the British Museum. The hotel + restaurant has a garden setting for nice weather and a lovely glass enclosed tea room. We were there for lunch but next time we will try dinner in the dinning room or a light lunch in the tea room. The service and the food were top quality.

JW
London
20 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Arrived 30 mins before booked time, no problem we were seated in an empty dining room which was very pleasantly decorated. Staff were charming and attentive. Menu gave a choice of a 3 course set price and a more extensive selection available from another menu. For starters I had the black pudding scotch egg and my wife chose the mushroom and truffle soup (served to look like cappuccino) Soup declared good but could not taste the truffle. The Scotch Egg was served cut in half and the edges of the pudding were hard, perhaps it stood under the lights of the pass too long, however it was tasty.
Mains Fish with risotto and belly pork. The fish was cold and was sent back, the pork although not cold was not very hot but i kept it, when returned the fish was only marginally warmer. The pork was over cooked on the base to the extent that it had the constancy (and taste ) of wood. The young man serving us ? Smithman was obviously embarrassed about the meal and was most apologetic. Deserts, large piece of Cheese Cake and a cheese selection. Both very good. Mr Smithman and a senior member of staff took off the price of the main courses and made other adjustments to the bill.
Although the food fell below par, the staff and the general ambiance of the restaurant was a pleasure and I will be prepared to try again.

e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A rare combination of old-fashioned, white tablecloth, elegant and discreet ambiance and service and well-chosen, well-prepared dishes. We came here once out of convenience and have returned several times with friends. Along with a visit to a theatre, it's one of our favorite ways to splurge when visiting London, and I hope to return again.

NB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Belle découverte que ce restaurant choisi sur Opentable. Accueil très chaleureux, nourriture délicieuse, service agréable. Je recommande chaudement.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice family dinner with a kind and professional service. We ate very well.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was fine, staff very nice. The only slight problem was that the clotted cream with dessert was fine but the double cream had gone off. They were very apologetic & deducted it from the bill.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was super delicious and service excellent! Recommed their specials.

J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

A slightly old-fashioned (but not in a bad way) and perfectly comfortable restaurant, with tasty food at not outrageous prices.

PH
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Nice eating environment. It serves traditional English food, well done. If you are looking for something that is original or inventive, however, this is not the place for you.

GL
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Good setting and friendly staff. Food was a bit disappointing for the price and the staff need a bit more training before being let loose on customers.

B
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I was treated quite well as a solo and the food was definitely worth the price. I went for an unrushed lunch after visiting the British Museum. Dinner would be lovely here - it's the same menu. I chose lunch because of theatre tickets most evenings and I want a relaxed meal.

CC
London
15 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent ambience and nicely organised tables. First rate Barnsley Chop beautifully presented with fresh aldente seasonal vegetables. Lovely fresh little sweet buns with original cream fillings and chocolate sauce- very dainty and good value. Only criticism is of course London prices but for the standard of restaurant and the area the overall cost not too bad. We’d go again. Thank goodness for skilled and friendly continental staff, let’s hope we don’t frighten them all away over the next few years. We need them so much!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible meal only outdone by the service!

AN
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food in a quiet atmosphere. This was an great restaurant for meeting up with old friends to have a good meal and catch up.

M
Monterrey
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Deliciosa la comida. Precioso lugar. Muy buen servicio amable, eficiente y rápido. Un lugar con mucha clase. Quedamos fascinados. Definitivamente pensamos regresar y lo recomendaremos a nuestros amigos. Súper cerca del museo británico, excelente ubicación.

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C
London
24 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious light dinner on the terrace

i
London
22 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We wanted an enjoyable Sunday afternoon meal in a cosy setting in Bloomsbury before going on to an evening concert. So this bistro was a great find. The food was beautifully prepared and presented with well-sourced ingredients, flavours and seasoning. We were given 3 different types of salt flakes, though the chicken and Barnsley lamb chop were perfectly seasoned already. There were enough choices on the menu to suit our tastes for starters, mains and desserts and the staff were all very friendly and welcoming. I would happily return.

PJ
Essex
97 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Very quiet for a Saturday lunch and we were the only ones in our dining room for most of the meal.
Server seemed inexperienced and struggled to open a bottle of wine, but she was friendly.
Black pudding scotch egg starter was tasty, but very rich and needed more aoli or salad.
Mains of trout and prawn stroganoff were nice enough but a little uninspiring.
South African Chardonnay was perfect for the range of food and not too expensive considering where we were.
Not somewhere we’ll go out of the way to go back to, but not bad overall and a perfect location when visiting the British Museum.

C
London
24 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner at Blue Door, after cocktails on the terrace - don't miss the hotel bar and their signature pawprint cocktail. Ask for the restaurant's TDH (table d'hôte) menu - 2 courses £24. Interesting wine list with lots of choice by the glass. Lovely staff.

DB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had short time pre theatre and was great food executed brilliantly

EL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal. Enjoyed the jazz in the bar before our meal. Really friendly staff without being over bearing. Wonderful night out

F
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I booked a business lunch for 2 at the Blue Door Bistro and we had a very good experience. Service was extremely good, the food was fine (both selection and quality) and the décor is nice, cosy and traditional. It was surprisingly quiet for a Friday lunch time, but I assume that's unusual. I would definitely return if I needed lunch in Bloomsbury and it is also very convenient to the British Museum, so could be combined with a visit there.

P
London
124 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Blue Door Bistro, being part of the Montague hotel, reflects it British character, impeccable service and good British fare. Good for a birthday, date or special occasions.

GC
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This is our second visit and find it perfect after a visit to The British Museum.
The menu while traditional also had interesting variations on a theme such as the duck shepherds pie. Love the choice of salt with butter.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Quiet spot for lunch, dinner. Food is good but nothing special. Service is friendly and attentive.

OT
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Truly excellent food, great wine on offer, and the ambience is perfect for a long business lunch

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had to spend a night in London and decided to try the Blue Door. We were happy with our choices - the food was healthy, well cooked and tasty. The service was good and the setting is pleasant although our table was a little too close to the next table so we could hear their conversations.
We would be happy to return

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A quiet, cozy restaurant. The menu was varied with enough interesting dishes to satisfy both myself and my wife. Service was friendly and attentive.

GC
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was warm and welcoming with comfortable chairs and well spaced tables.
The staff were attentive and knowledgable providing a friendly efficient service.
I had a delicious cauliflour soup to start whilst my dining partner enjoyed mackerel which was presented beautifully.
I had a wonderful piece of haddock for my main while my dining partner enjoyed a very unusual potato topped duck pie.
We only had room to share a dessert, and that too was delicious.
There was a good wine list which covered all bases.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Blue Door Bistro after visiting the British Museum, opposite which the Montague Hotel which houses the restaurant is sited.
We will be returning in the near future for another seasonally inspired meal.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service was outstanding and lovely atmosphere in restaurant and bar. Food good but pricey

S
London
61 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This was a great find, the bar is great - there was a pianist and singer which added to the atmosphere - cocktails and food are good, service great.
The only downside was that we had cinema tickets and had to request speedier delivery of the food, this is probably a place to linger rather than rush out of.

We will definitely return

CL
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First time here and would definitely go again. Great service. Some interesting menu choices and very well presented. Exceeded expectations.

ID
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a long, 2 hour plus, business discussion over lunch. Food was pretty good and service a very good balance of attentiveness without being intrusive. Will certainly bear it in mind for future dining in the area. I thought it was a little pricey but not excessive and on the day a bit quiet so not great ambience but that didn't bother us and as noted service remained very good.