The Angel & Crown - our hunger saviour!
On a recent visit to London at a chocolate making workshop, we decided to head to Covent Garden in order to check out a few nice restaurants that a friend had recommended to us. We managed to find our way through all the hussle and bussle that is the tourists, street performers and general day to day londoners of Covent Garden, and decided there was just no chance of finding a seat at any reasonably priced restaurant in the area. As we were heading to Leicester Square for another attempt, we found our gem - The Angel & Crown Bar & Restaurant.
It was just what we wanted. A small and quiet traditional-looking English pub, that sold a selection of beers, wines and spirits as well as a variety of traditional pub meals such as fish and chips, shepherds pie or a sunday roast (it was a sunday after all!). Although we were there in the daytime, I saw that they also provide a range of entertainment such as sport on Sky TV and sometimes a karaoke night, if that's your kind of thing.
The bar area is downstairs and the pub restaurant is above, up a set of steep, slim and creaky stairs. It had an Old World Charm before we even got to the top! I hear that locals have been eating here since 1740, so they must be doing something right. There was a family sitting at the back of the room when we arriced, a business man alone on the table opposite, and we took the table in the corner near the entrance door and bar. Obviously some renovations have updated the place a little bit over the years, but I noticed above us a patch of peeling wallpaper, which was a bit off-putting but I guess it just shows how much time, energy and money needs to constantly be put into the place.
We didn't have to wait long for our sunday roast to reach us, and actually it was sent up frmo the kitchen through a little shoot which was kind of cool. It was warm and tasty, and there was plenty of gravy, which is a must for me! I would have liked a few more veg for variety, and maybe an extra slice of meat, but I was so hungry that day that perhaps it was just me being greedy!
Between Leicester Square and Covent Garden it could be really easy to walk past the Angel & Crown down the side street and not even notice, but I fully recommend eating here if you are in the area. You can get a reasonable meal in the middle of a busy tourist area - a rarity these days which should be truly treasured and enjoyed while it lasts.
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