The Cow

4.7
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150 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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"Eat heartily & give the House a good name" is the sound ethos of this thoroughly British pub, specialising in oysters, guinness and seasonal food. Seafood figures strongly. A seafood platter for two includes Fines de Claire & Irish rock oysters, whole dorset crab, prawns, clams, whelks and winkles. Other favourites are the Cow fish stew, homemade crab tagliolini. Alternatively, try daily specials such as lamb's kidney's, black pudding and mustard sauce, or slow roasted belly of old spot pork with wild mushrooms. Drinks include real ales on tap and a carefully crafted wine list.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
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H
London
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. Old school charm with modern food. Very high quality fish and sea food in a relaxed, calm environment. Will definitely visit again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was excellent

K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and really nice service! Ot was good for fresh seafood and decent yummy food during the week - casual but yet great quality

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. The cheese plate is a must do! The meat pie was the best I ever had and the crab pasta was beautiful.

B
London
41 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We had Sunday lunch upstairs. It was really quiet only our table and another group booking of 6 or so. Therefore lacking at atmosphere and ambience. It’s a nice dining room and I can see how it could be vibey.

We had the pint of prawns which were a little disappointing. The roast made up for it, though. The beef perfectly cooked and great roasties and carrots.

l
London
33 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great staff !! Bonkers paintings , Brilliant oysters and very good sausages and mash ... what’s not to love

z
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Although the food was good the service was so atrocious that I will never want to go back. Me yes we’re given after 20 mins we asked to order another 10 mins went by and someone asked if we would like to order we said yes.... another 10 mins later we asked them again to take the order. Bothwaiter and waitress were RUDE. Eventually the order was taken.... the wine forgotten, warm sparkling water served....... the list goes on....

MC
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You have to taste their lemon tart!!! Succulent.
Very nice food, in a bistro ambiance.
Quite caring service

GD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent food served by first class waiting staff in a very pleasant airy first floor dining room above a traditional (and very good) London pub. All dishes were good but worthy of a special mention is the Cow fish stew. I will go again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seafood and salad fresh and tasty. Very good value for money

RM
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places, never disappoints. Recommended!

GT
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

very good pub food and impressed by barman Pedro who put the Timothy Taylor beer back on and it was excellent

A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I can’t fault The Cow, the service was impeccable, the food was INCREDIBLE! I will definitely be back again. We were the only people in the restaurant, but that was quite nice and it was a sunny day so most people were enjoying the weather.

GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If you have nothing else order a pint of prawns They are to die for!

LL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a lovely time. We had a nice little table upstairs in front of the window. The food was nice and so the service. Definitely recommended.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s great so don’t go there as I might not be able to get a table next time :) the chicken Kiev is the best accompanied by a pint of quality Guinness. Enjoy.

N
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Service was not good at the restaurant

PH
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really love this place. It is perfect for dining with a small group of friends or just for inviting your girlfriend.
We had the visit of the chef at our table, and in general service is really perfect. Seafood was very good

d
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

No one in the place on a Monday night so little atmosphere and too much loud music and shouting from downstairs. Welcome very unfriendly

SV
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service by waitstaff that seem to be happy to work there. Very helpful in describing the dishes. As its predominately a seafood menu it isn't going to be cheap. The half/pint of prawns is great albeit it fiddly to eat. I had the Sunday roast which was perfectly cooked.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Just as expected

AC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favourite food pub in London.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely dinner with my husband and as they were out of one type of oysters we ordered they gave us two extras of the ones they did have! Always a great place that gives you two extra oysters..! Thanks The Cow from the Cowells xxx

IM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic night had by all, food and service was top notch, old fashioned pub that needs no gimmicks , loved it.

ND
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

One of the best meals I have had in London for a long time. Very good service and very good value. Quite a loud room.

J
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Fish Stew was the outstanding entree among several excellent offerings. This small cozy dining room above a boisterous neighborhood pub was a lucky find.

m
South Dakota
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The GM was a lovely man, he added to our special evening. Thank you. Loved our meals, ambience was great. Recommended by another US friend, well worth going to!

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall1Food5Service3Ambience1

Group of very drunk/high men in restaurant that the staff could not control. Should have moved them to bar after they had finished eating. Instead the staff admitted they thought it was easier and non confrontational to leave them alone - not good for the other diners. Shame as food was excellent but impossible to have a conversation across the table

LM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Old fashioned in a good way and with a local neighbourhood feel
Too many such pubs are disappearing ie di burgers so let’s support The Cow

SN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

fantastic food and the staff were superb, great buzz in the pub downstairs before and after

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice, friendly atmosphere. Perfect pasta. Lovely choice of English cheese. Good wine list.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful!! The best Sunday roast We ever ate!! Excelente ambience and staff.

M
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great staff. Quirky decor. Loved it all.

JT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great venue and well cooked food. Saw a couple of the seafood 'spectaculars' being delivered to other tables and these really were impressive. Not cheap but great service.

K
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous local gastro pub.. sublime oysters & wine list... Chicken Kiev also highly recommended

h
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

今回2度目の訪問です。基本はシーフードで、どれを取ってもおいしい。非常にオリジナリティがあって味も見た目も楽しめます。1階はパブなので飲むだけ、2階にダイニングスペース。唯一の問題は1階のにぎやかな声(にぎやかを超えてうるさいくらい)が2階のダイニングスペースで聞こえてくるので静かに話ができる雰囲気ではない。前回訪問時はそこまでうるさいと思わなかったのですが、今回はかなりうるさかった。それ以外は食事もワインも非常にレベルが高く非常に満足いく食事となりました。

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AC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Great food. Great staff and service. Perfect for casual dinner or a celebration. Fish lovers paradise. Fish strew is their trademark. Good steak too, and meat pie. Best chicken Kiev in London.

T
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Knowing the reputation of “The Cow” there is very little I can add except to say it lived up to it!

My Cracked Crab first course was plentiful, well garnished and proficiently served.

Is there much that hasn’t been said about the Roast Beef here? Simply excellent and full of flavor.

If I have a grumble its that the cheeseboard is somewhat mean, just half a dozen biscuits and only one cheese from a choice of three was a disappointment.

On the whole though a delicious traditional British Sunday lunch.

Even the Yorkshire puddings were up to scratch, considering that they were made “down south!”

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed our evening and the Cow Fish Stew was truly delectable

p
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Good food as always but the evening was partly spoiled by the cancelling of our restuarant reservation due to over booking on their part. We were offered and given a table in the bar area (which is fun) but no apology and no recognition that this arrangement wasn’t suitable on this particular evening.
A simple phone call prior to our arrival, explaining the over booking problem would have been appreciated.