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Cellar Gascon

59 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS +44 2077686881

((((( French
Main course: £4
Food spend: £15
Opening hours
Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 00:00

Excellent food and really nice hospitality!!! Very helpful and attentive service! Will definitely be going back soon!

Emmanuela 02 February 2015
from Oxford

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The adjacent wine bar of Michelin-starred French restaurant Club Gascon, Cellar Gascon serves an array of authentic small plates and award-winning dishes from Pascal Aussignac in a laidback environment. This relaxed hideaway is found next to Smithfield Market.

The Cellar Gascon menu takes diners on a journey through the south of France, specialising in the South West, Languedoc-Roussillon and Corsica. The seasonally-changing range of dishes includes crunchy Bayonnais, BBQ'd pork ribs Basque style, duck carpaccio & oceanic watercress, glazed scallop & aromatic apple, and garden pea soft egg. Both winners of 'Best in Taste' at Taste of London, marmite royale & soldiers and duck & truffle burger also feature.

Renowned for its wine list, Cellar Gascon in London works with a large range of high-quality producers, offering around 20 different wines by the glass, and about 200 wines by the bottle at very reasonable prices. For those unable to choose, one wine is available at a reduced price each week. The wine list also highlights a selection of wines from other regions in France such as Loire Valley, Burgundy, and Alsace. Monthly wine dinners are held with food pairings from Pascal Aussignac.

A plat du jour is available every lunch time for £6, and can be enjoyed with a starter or dessert, or with a glass of house wine. 'Gascon After-Work' offers a great finish to the day at Cellar Gascon restaurant, while from 17:30 until 18:30, all guests ordering drinks with be treated to complimentary canapés.

Cellar Gascon Barbican oozes charm and timeless elegance. Barbican & Farringdon Tube stations are just a 4-minute walk away.

Cellar Gascon

59 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS

Contact +44 2076007561
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  • ((((( by from London

    We had an excellent lunch here. I chose several small plates such as the duck burger, the foie gras croque, which were utterly delicious and swiftly dispatched, and my partner ordered the three course daily special which included a delicate but flavourful sea bream main. We shared the cheese selection and one of the three was an amazing Ossau Irate, cut in the form of a flower. This was an truly remarkable taste sensation, as the very fine 'petals of cheese' literally melted on the tongue. We accompanied the lunch a the very decent and pleasingly floral house Rose (Langlois) and a couple of really hoppy and flavourful craft beers, 3 Weiss Monkeys was one. Our waitress was really charming and very helpful in explaining the rather involved culinary constructions, and all the staff were welcoming yet extremely professional and discreet. The ambience was relaxed but with a frisson of polite formality, as it befits a business lunch clientele. It was also very good value for the quality and service we received. Overall it was a truly delightful experience which we would be happy to repeat.

  • ((((( by from London

    We went to sample the three-course prix fixe lunch menu as a special offer of the London Restaurant Festival, and it did not disappoint. Although there are some places that offer this kind of dining, they rarely get it this right. The cooking is straight out of the classic French bistro repertoire - I had fishcakes with a sumptuosly green watercress sauce and a perfectly grilled bavette (medium rare on the rare side with no choice in the matter) drizzled with a herb sabayon (read béarnaise). Where most eateries fall down is most certainly dessert, however not the case here again. All the portions were not huge, but in the context of a three-course meal this meant that at the end of the experience I felt satisfied without being stuffed. In a lovely setting just opposite Smithfield Market on a leafy square, Cellar Gascon is an everyday version of the michelin-starred Club next door, delivering excellent value, not to mention an great wine list, as befitting its name. Even without the festival special, two courses of starter and main come in at £9 on their lunch special menu.

    Their formula: simple, good cooking, expertly done in a little corner of an open kitchen adjoining a bar and efficiently managed. On our midweek lunch visit, as the Cellar was not full, two people ran the entire operation like a walk in the park. It's a shame I don't work nearby, or perhaps a blessing, as I would probably eat there more often than I would like.

  • ((((( by from London

    Cellar Gascon is conveniently located 5 minutes from Farringdon Station. The bar itself was undergoing external renovations at the time (scaffolding up everywhere) but we didn't let that put us off. Upon entry, the inside is immaculate: you are faced with a long gallery style bar area, all trendy wooden pendant lights & large white swivel bar stools. Just lovely. The seating was comfortable throughout, and as we were pushed for time, we had their daily specials for both starters & mains. The starter, a flavoursome terrine with a delicate sauce was delicious. But the star of the show was the main dish that soon arrived: a mouth-watering hake fillet on beetroot quinnoa - the hake was small but so fresh & beautifully cooked, I could easily have had seconds (or thirds). As we couldn't decide which of the desserts to go for, we tried all 3 - my favourite being the crema catalana infused with coffee flavours. Service was excellent throughout: even though it got really busy during the lunchtime period, the staff still made each interaction pleasant yet professional. And to top things off, all their specials are amazingly affordable - 2 courses for under £10 in London! Rare indeed.
    Would heartily recommend to anyone wanting a light, delicious, excellent lunch.

  • ((((( by from Oxford

    Excellent food and really nice hospitality!!! Very helpful and attentive service! Will definitely be going back soon!

  • ((((( by from London

    Fabulous! The food is absolutely delicious, very reasonable prices and charming service. Can't wait to go back.

  • ((((( by from London

    Great place for lunch. We had the Express Lunch main course, glass of wine and shared some gorgeous cheese. It was fantastic value. We'll be back soon!

  • ((((( by from London

    Nice wine bar for French rustic tapas and reasonable decent wine. Foie gras was amazing and we had the piggy treats charcuterie to share. Free canape at the start, nice touch and good service.

  • ((((( by from London, United Kingdom

    Friendly bar with lovely food (French tapas (sic!)).

  • ((((( by from London

    Very good value for money with the London love food festival. Impeccable food with subtle notes from Gascony (foie gras, Armagnac and smoky flavours). Service was good although we felt they were slightly dry (probably because we were dining on an offer). Will try to go again soon.

  • ((((( by from London

    Sophisticated delicious late dining

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