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Royal Exchange Grand Café

The Royal Exchange, Bank, London, EC3V 3LR

(((** British
Main course: £14
Food spend: £26
Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 11:30 & 12:00 - 22:00

low service but pleasant area

Michel Varaldo 29 April 2016
from Paris

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Nestled in the specular courtyard of the Grade 1 listed Royal Exchange, Grand Café is a chic European inspired brasserie. Boasting a magnificent mezzanine lounge, Grand Café brasserie also features a luxury wine list.

Placing a contemporary twist on British and French classics, the Grand Café boasts a sumptuous menu. Open from 8am, the Grand Café serves fantastic cooked breakfast and fresh juice, and from 12pm until 3pm and from 5pm until 10pm enjoy the Grand Café menu in the Gallery. Situated on the mezzanine level of the Royal Exchange and overlooking the Grand Café, the Gallery offers an extensive all-day menu of European Classics from executive head chef Stefano Leone.

Overlooking the Grand Café, the new Threadneedle Bar at the Royal Exchange offers old-time favourite drinks along with a new signature cocktail list which pays homage to Jerry Thomas’ 1862 ‘Bartenders Guide’, the first ever mixology book published in the United States. Also available are new and vintage wines, spirits and Champagnes, as well as an extensive menu of other perfectly poured cocktails. The Threadneedle Bar also serves a selection of bar food with highlights including rock oyster tempura, truffled goats curd on sourdough and soft shell crab – the perfect accompaniment to an expertly mixed cocktail. The bar is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Centrally located, Grand Café restaurant in Bank is just a 1-minute walk from Bank Tube Station. St Paul’s Cathedral is just a 9-minute walk away.

Royal Exchange Grand Café

The Royal Exchange, Bank, London, EC3V 3LR

Contact +44 2076182480

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Customer reviews for Royal Exchange Grand Café

3 (((** (based on 11 reviews)
54% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • business (5)
  • views (4)
  • breakfast (2)
  • dinner (2)
  • luxury (2)
  • private dining (2)
  • value (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • lunch (1)
  • romantic (1)
  • trendy (1)
  • ((*** by from London

    Service and atmosphere was very nice. Food was terrible.

  • (((** by from London

    Firstly we were 20 mins late for the table which should be taken into account. Very rushed after that. The £6.50 mocktail which was delicious was cleared when still a third full, which was irritating but I opted to not mention it. The food was good and hot but I think "priced for premium location". The menu is limited but that is reasonable for what is top end bar food. I think "restaurant" is a stretch personally. Whilst rushed the service was pleasant and professional. The location is amazing, steeped in history and fantastic architecture in an iconic London building. That is an experience in itself. Glad to have tried it but unlikely to go back. Much better value in the locale but not with that internal view which is my summary in that is what you pay for. Would recommend as a one off and my steer would be go for coffee or drinks rather than lunch or dinner. Clearly many drinkers/diners doing business meets which works, I was purely on a social lunch.

  • (((** by from Paris

    low service but pleasant area

  • (((** by from London

    The restaurant location is pretty amazing and the staff were extremely pleasant however I was left disappointed with our lunch experience. My mother had ordered the hot salt beef sandwich and I ordered the hummus, avocado and egg sandwich. We waited a significant amount of time with no appearance of our food to the point I thought they may have forgotten our order all together. Working in the City, I was limited to time so asked the waiter if he could chase up our order. When our sandwiches finally arrived, it was very apparent that my mother's hot salt beef sandwich had been left sitting under a hot light to keep it warm however this had left the top layer of bread of the sandwich really dry and the beef within luke-warm, almost to the point of being cold. No doubt our meals had been sitting there waiting to be served for quite a while. When we mentioned our disappointment with my mothers lunch, especially as they charge £15 for a sandwich, we were offered for the sandwich to be made again. Unfortunately due to time constraints, we asked if they could bring some fresh bread to the table instead. In contrast my cold sandwich was delicious. The restaurant kindly took the cost of my mother's lunch off the bill but I would have rather paid and been served a lovely lunch for us both to enjoy. My mother had made a special trip into London and was looking forward to the treat and this put a dampener on the experience. The restaurant was very busy and I guess this is to be expected but this should be accommodated for by having sufficient number of waiting staff so meals aren't left waiting to be served for long periods of time under a hot light. I would return to give the food another chance but am disappointed with my first visit to this restaurant.

  • ((*** by from London

    Firstly, there was no one to greet mewhen i arrived and I had to walk through the restaurant and ask for help and secondly i found the staff unattentive (although pleasant once we attracted attention). I felt my Thai dish was not hot enough, but it was tasty. I thought the food was expensive for what it was.

  • ((((* by from Nottingham

    It provided the air of sophistication which properly fits such an historical venue. It was great as an early morning experience whilst we were simply on holiday, it is also somewhere I would use for business purposes. Could it be improved: Slightly cheaper (less business priced!) coffee and warm toast!

  • ((((( by from London

    It was a lovely experience. It feels like a posh restaurant but you can have a simple yet very lovely burger / fish & chips for lunch.

  • ((*** by from London

    Excellent service but food arrived cold.

  • ((((( by from london

    The scenery and service was excellent

  • (((** by from London

    Booked this as a filler between a meeting and a theatre date, and as a LRF promotion. 3 courses & a cocktail for £19.50 - very good value. Beef carpaccio was divine, however the Royal Exchange burger was disappointing - chewy and not very hot so I didn't finish it. They asked if all was ok so I was honest. A senior staff member came over and offered to replace it, but as I'd eaten half and dessert was looming ... they offered a drink instead. The crème brulee was okay - I've had better.

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