1a Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AA +44 8455970228
- Main course: £10
- Food spend: £25
Good food and good service in a nice restaurant.
21 January 2015
Combining eclectic interiors and floor-to-ceiling views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London, The Happenstance is something out of a storybook. Here, mixologists conjure up colourful cocktails and rich flavours mingle to create a menu of wholesome comfort food.
Fresh ingredients are used to produce dishes bursting with flavour. Favourite starters on The Happenstance menu include prawn lollipops or broad bean & ricotta bruschetta, while delicious mains include wagyu burger with stilton & tomato chutney, or a juicy roast rump of lamb with caponata & mint jus. The dessert menu includes a classic Eton Mess, or a salted caramel & plum sundae with honeycomb crumble.
The mixology table takes centre-stage at The Happenstance, where a list of original cocktails are created. Inventively-named mixes include the ‘Princess Rossini’, ‘Reina Cubano’, and ‘Flight of the Cucumber'.
Shimmering chandeliers, geometric patterns on the floor, and exposed pipes on the ceilings lend a dreamlike ambience to The Happenstance in St Paul’s. This quirky retreat is a 5-minute walk from St Paul’s Tube Station.
1a Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AA
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Customer reviews for The Happenstance
((((* 11 July 2015 by Rebecca Brown from London
A great location in the City of London, very close to St Paul's Cathedral.
A really nice vibrant atmosphere and the decor is very stylish and modern. I liked the extra little touches like the box of sweets in the ladies room, and the signs on the doors and mirrors.
There's a lovely bar at the front with the main restaurant behind, both of which are very big so great for larger groups (as well as individuals and couples).
The service was a little bit amateur - cutlery being put in the wrong place; being given the wrong menu; and being leaned across to put drinks on the table - but everyone was very helpful and friendly, and everything was done (orders taken, drinks and food arriving, etc.) at a nice pace. The price was very reasonable too.
The food and the bellinis were very tasty. No little extras like bread but the portion sizes were good so we definitely didn't go hungry.
We had a really nice time and would recommend it.
((*** 21 February 2015 by ST from London
Disappointing. Ignored initially whilst I was waiting for a table, even though there were only 2 people in the restaurant. When eventually acknowledged I was sat immediately next to the only 2 people so asked to move tables but to the waiters annoyance. We were on a set main course deal and wasn't offered a menu for other drinks or starters, I had to ask. When the food arrived the lobster was overcooked and steak quite chewy. I had been before and had great food (though the service last time wasn't great) but this time it was poor quality and I wont be returning..
((((( 21 January 2015 by Caroline from London
Good food and good service in a nice restaurant.
((*** 11 December 2014 by Tc Tang from London
On the positive, nicely decorated restaurant. However, staff varied from very friendly to rather disappointing. One waiter pushed 2 times to order drinks and sneered when we decided just to go for tab water. When ordering sauces for the steak, we were not explained that these were charged extra. Lobster (overcooked) and steak (acceptable) were tiny. Would rather recommend Burger & Lobster or Heliot offer - better value and better service overall.
((((* 10 December 2014 by Charlotte Gunn from Southend-on-Sea
The food was amazing - couldn't fault it! We had the steak, lobster and chips deal with prosecco for £15 each and it was worth every penny. The steak was cooked to perfection and the lobster was seasoned beautifully. The restaurant itself is very clean and modern with chic decor - I would definitely like to return. Only grumble is that we ordered still water for the table and was topped up by the waiter with a jug of what appeared to be tap water - not chilled - which he was filling up other guests glasses with too. We were then charged for the still water which is a bit cheeky - we only had one glass each of this lukewarm water which was being shared around other guests in the restaurant.
(((** 8 December 2014 by Chantell Parkes from Romford
A friend and I decided to go here as a lover of lobster and steak. As we entered the restaurant it seemed a little confusing as no one took us to our seat and was unclear as the restaurant has a bar also. We ordered the bread tin as a starter which was lovely but the bread was not warm and butter was as hard as rock. Staff seemed overworked and half way through our meal the initial waitress took her break and left us. The manager who was so accommodating savaged our night and was so attentive and apologetic. Overall the food was amazing and would definitely go again preferably on a night with more staff.
((((* 10 November 2014 by Valerie Seward from Wallington
We had the steak, lobster and chips with a glass of bubbly for £15. It was lovely and the service was good.
((((* 6 November 2014 by Chantal Panton from Surrey
Lovely meal and experience
(((** 1 November 2014 by Suzie from London
Really loved the interiors of the restaurant and the staff were very helpful.
The steak and lobster were good, though the lobster was not very hot. The chips were perfect.
We were not impressed when we ordered a glass of 'house red' that our waiter decided to give us a glass of £10.30 pinot noir! He promptly knocked it down to the price of the cheapest red on the bill once we complained, but we still thought it was a bit cheeky.
((((( 28 October 2014 by Julia Harmer from Eastbourne
This is the first time we have booked via 'Bookatable' and visited the Happenstance, the initial booking was for three, but due to a unforeseen circumstances with only a couple of hours to spare I had to increase the booking to four people. The lady I spoke to was very helpful and said it wasn't a problem. We arrived early at the restaurant to find a very vibrant and lively setting, although we were early we were shown to out table straight away and we were all impressed with the amount of room in the restaurant. The waiting staff were very attentive and helpful, especially the restaurant manager Tom West who went out of his way to make our dining experience memorable!!! The gentleman making the cocktails was also very entertaining. All four of us can state that the 'flaming baked alaska' is to die for and very theatrical!!!!!!! My sister-in-law was very impressed with the fish pie and has already confessed that she will order it the next time we visit. All in all a very enjoyable experience
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