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Bill’s, Covent Garden

At work we had our first ladies lunch of the New Year on Tuesday and at 12 noon we tottered off to Bill’s which is handily located on the corner next to the Lyceum Theatre and just a stones throw from our office. Having since perused their website it turns out that Bill’s is actually a chain but you would never have guessed it from my experience. The entrance area looks very much like a small cafe and very homely looking with lots of great own label jams, chutneys, sweets and alcohol on display that you can buy individually or put together to make your own hamper as a gift but the restaurant itself is tucked away behind this area and is actually quite spacious. Our party number had grown from 11 to 13 on the day and they were nothing but helpful at accommodating us.

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I decided that I was going to have the mussels and fries but then was presented with the specials and quickly changed my mind in favour of the chicken, leek & mushroom pie with mash. My drink choice was made much easier because it was a lunchtime, so no alcohol, and I chose the elderflower cordial which came out looking absolutely beautiful! It was incredibly delicious and refreshing too and not too expensive for £2.50 a glass.

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The other ladies went for a wide variety of choices from salads to burgers to the mezze platter and everything looked amazing when it came out. I even found myself salivating at the steaks and I’m really not a red meat fan. My pie came out on a board in its own little pot and a separate bowl of mashed potatoes, it doesn’t look impressive but there was just enough for me to finish it all without feeling ridiculously stuffed so there would have been room for dessert.

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Unfortunately we had to get back to the office so there wasn’t time for pudding but the eton mess in particular sounded wonderful! We split the bill evenly and with the service charge already added (as we were such a big group) it came to £16.02 each which isn’t too shabby at all. They also have set pre and post theatre menus with 2 courses for £12.95 and 3 for just £15.95, bargain! And definitely somewhere I’ll be returning too in the future.

Bill’s
21 Wellington Street
London
WC2E 7DN
UK

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