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The Gay Hussar

2 Greek Street , Soho, London, W1D 4NB +44 2081281398

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Main course: £13
Food spend: £27
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:15 - 22:45

Food and ambience was fantastic as usual. A unique restaurant in every way. And so friendly. Such a tragedy their landlords are closing them down.

Tony 16 June 2018
from London

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In a building dating to 1680, The Gay Hussar in Soho serves authentic Hungarian cuisine alongside fine Magyar wines. Frequented by leading politicians, journalists, and artists for over 50 years, this historic restaurant is lined with politician caricatures by acclaimed sketcher, Martin Rowson.

The Gay Hassar menu has hardly been altered since opening in 1953. Generously portioned dishes include the kapros-gombás halgaluska, fish dumplings in a creamy dill and mushroom sauce, served with rice; and the csirkepaprikás galuskával, chicken in a creamy paprika sauce, served with galuska.

Desserts include the delicious dobos torta, a layered gateau with a caramel top. The Gay Hassar in Soho also has an extensive beverage list, including fine Hungarian wines, Tojaji dessert wines and Hungarian liqueurs.

Subtle lighting and plush furnishings add to the welcoming, relaxed atmosphere that this restaurant is so famous for. The Gay Hussar in London is a 5-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.

The Gay Hussar

2 Greek Street , Soho, London, W1D 4NB

Contact +44 2074370973
Reservations +44 2081281398

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Customer reviews for The Gay Hussar

4.4 (((() (based on 414 reviews)
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  • lunch (216)
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  • value (137)
  • romantic (118)
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  • large parties (49)
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  • child friendly (14)
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  • ((((( 21 June 2018 by Dan from London

    Unique venue with lots of history.

  • ((((( 19 June 2018 by Chris from London

    We love this restaurant and used to come here regularly. Becoming parents five years ago has made it hard for us to visit the restaurants we used to, but when we heard of the insane decision to shut it down we had to return for one last meal. We ordered our old favourites -- chicken pancakes and stuffed cabbage with cassoulet -- and a carafe of merlot. The food was as wonderful as ever -- proper comfort food. The wine was of a particularly high standard given it was by the carafe. The ambience of this restaurant is matchless -- so much history to enjoy. Service was polite, efficient and friendly. We can't believe this will be our last meal here. Instead of the Gay Hussar being shut down the madman/madwoman who has decreed this act of vandalism should leave the catering trade or be fired.

  • ((((( 17 June 2018 by Charlotte from London

    A London dining icon . A piece of soho that is planned to close - soho is becoming lost into the morass of corporate bland .

  • ((((* 17 June 2018 by Thelma from London

    We were a party of five and we all enjoyed the experience very much. The service was good and friendly. The venison goulash was much enjoyed, as was the starter of Hungarian charcuterie, which we shared. Servings were very generous. The desserts were very good and we also thought the Hungarian Pino Noir was excellent in flavour and reasonably priced .This restaurant has a special atmosphere and we are so sorry it is scheduled to close! |

  • ((((( 17 June 2018 by Claire from London

    Fantastic place. Such a shame it will close soon. If you can get a table before it does, go!

  • ((((( 16 June 2018 by Tony from London

    Food and ambience was fantastic as usual. A unique restaurant in every way. And so friendly. Such a tragedy their landlords are closing them down.

  • ((((( 12 June 2018 by Rob from Lightwater

    Met friends for lunch at the Gay Hussar. Pleasant staff and large portion sizes. Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and disappointed to hear that venue will be closing.

  • ((((( 12 June 2018 by Graham from Ventnor Isle of Wight

    I have been lunching and dining at The Gay Hussar for 40+ years and it has always been a very special experience both gastronomically and via the unique atmosphere that John and his sterling staff engender. Now we understand it's about to close and another Soho landmark disappears to make toom for more boutique hotels and faceless coffee bars .. the old Soho is slowly disappearing , losing The gay Hussar is a disaster of epic proportions for those of us...and there are many...who value character, individuality and class. Graham Benson.

  • ((((( 10 June 2018 by John from Mitcham

    It was a great experience. Lovely big portions of good food in a unique atmosphere with friendly and engaging manager and staff. Please do not let it close dowm.

  • ((((( 9 June 2018 by Erich from London

    Lovely, friendly service and good food amidst unique highly evocative surroundings. Such a great pity that it is being forced to close by rent increases.

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