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Harlequin Restaurant

Kingsway Hall Hotel, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5BX +44 2077686854

((((* European
Main course: £14
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 17:00 - 22:00
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 to 22:00

Super food excellent service and value for money.

Ann Smith 22 March 2015
from London

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Bringing sumptuous international dining to the luxurious setting of the Kingsway Hall Hotel, Harlequin Restaurant treats diners to the finest seasonal cuisine, in a relaxed and bright setting.

Frequently changing to include the freshest ingredients, the Harlequin Restaurant menu is packed with expertly prepared British dishes, like a delicate pan-fried Brixham sea bass with piperade, green beans, sautéed potatoes and basil essence. A well crafted wine list boasts bottles from around Europe, served by efficient and friendly waiting staff.

Elegant afternoon tea is also served at the Harlequin Restaurant in Holborn, incorporating dainty finger sandwiches, warm homemade scones and a mouth-watering array of delicate cakes and pastries. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available when requested in advance, while champagne can be added for an extra sense of occasion.

Blending traditional style with contemporary tweaks,the Harlequin Restaurant London is warmly lit, with foliage scattered throughout, and glass panelling up the central staircase. It sits just 2 minutes’ walk from Holborn Tube Station.

Harlequin Restaurant

Kingsway Hall Hotel, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5BX

Contact +44 2073090909
Reservations +44 2077686854

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Customer reviews for Harlequin Restaurant

4.2 ((((* (based on 151 reviews)
86% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (83)
  • value (60)
  • business (55)
  • lunch (52)
  • romantic (50)
  • afternoon tea (46)
  • luxury (38)
  • large parties (31)
  • private dining (30)
  • child friendly (27)
  • breakfast (21)
  • trendy (21)
  • entertainment (15)
  • views (14)
  • al fresco (12)
  • (((** by from Saint Albans

    The first time we came here for afternoon tea, they told us we were too early to sit in the Harlequin restaurant as they were still serving lunch. We sat on sofas in the bar and had a really enjoyable time. Since then, we have visited about three times and always sat in the bar. Earlier this year we went for afternoon tea at another restaurant in London, but decided to return to Kingsway Hall hotel as we liked the comfortable seating to drink tea and chat. But this time when we went in the bar we were told quite curtly that our booking was in the Harlequin restaurant (actually, my confirmation had said that we would have to sit in the bar). So they made us go into the empty restaurant and sit at a table set out for lunch. The tea, sandwiches and cake were very nice, but one of my friends who is seriously ill, would certainly have preferred not to spend the afternoon sitting on a hard chair. We agreed that we would look for another venue with a more relaxed ambience the next time we meet for tea. This is a shame, because we felt this was a good location for us, and we have always had a good time when we came here.

  • ((((* by from Gwynedd

    The staff were warm, welcoming and attentive. The afternoon tea was very good for the price paid (30% discount with offer). We had a varied selection of finger sandwiches, a plain and fruited scone each and a selection of small cakes and pastries. They could have been a little more generous with the jam and cream, but I'm sure they would have provided more if we had asked. We had previously visited the Harlequin Restaurant for afternoon tea a couple of years ago and by now we feel the place is becoming a little jaded. A bit of a makeover to the surroundings could transform a pleasant afternoon tea into a really special occasion.

  • ((*** by from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    After having my previous afternoon tea booking at Criterion cancelled due to them closing, I had to find another venue at quite short notice. After browsing, I decided on the Harlequin Restaurant at the Kingsway Hall Hotel. The description on the website made it sound very good. I was very disappointed, the restaurant was very basic, not what you'd expect of a four star hotel, it didn't feel like a special treat. The sandwiches were terrible, had definitely been frozen or made the day before as they were freezing and the bread stale. I did complain and they offered replacement sandwiches, however we didn't really fancy them. The cake selection wasn't great and there wasn't enough for one of each cake per person, they were all different and strangely there were 7 cakes between 3 of us!

    We were sat by the window at the front of the hotel, where everyone who went out for a cigarette decided to stand, which wasn't overly pleasant as they all seemed to stare in at us eating. The staff weren't overly attentive and I had to catch their eye for hot water to top up the tea.

    I would definitely not recommend this restaurant as was really disappointed.

  • ((((( by from Solihull

    I booked afternoon tea for my Daughter's 18th birthday and was a very memorable experience for the whole family. I emailed prior to tell the hotel it was my daughter's birthday and they surprised her with a birthday plate and a couple of little cakes with a candle. The staff were excellent and although we were not given more sandwiches you can replenish your scones and cakes plates as much as you like. Tea is endless too and there is an option to have coffee if tea is not to your liking. Food of excellent quality.

  • ((((( by from London

    Super food excellent service and value for money.

  • ((((* by from London

    Lovely service from the staff, and a stroke of luck that they were open on Christmas Day! The seabass was impeccably cooked, and the wild mushroom tart was delicious. Everything was great.

  • ((((* by from London

    The restaurant and service were both very good. The main meal was really tasty, but the desserts left a bit to be desired. Worth noting that the price on the menu they hand out says a higher price for 2 and 3 course meals than the one on the Restaurant Festival website, which made us only have 2 courses instead of 3, but in the end the price on the bill was the one stated on the Festival website, if we had known we would have gone for the 3 course and they would have made a little more money!

  • ((((* by from Paris

    Diner en amoureux agréable. Repas très bon et copieux. Service attentionnée, un peu rapide mais efficace. Ambiance particulière car le restaurant est en chantier. Cadre qui reste agréable.

  • ((((( by from Borehamwood

    We had an excellent meal, the service was first class very attentive but not over the top. Would highly recommend

  • ((((* by from Hornchurch

    Chose this restaurant for a pre-theatre meal and was not disappointed. Service was really good and all four diners enjoyed the food we had from the fixed menu.

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