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Quality Chop House

  • Clerkenwell
  • Lunch
  • £££

19th-century working man's 'eating house' revamped as a Modern British dining room and wine bar.


88-94 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3EA
+44 (0) 20 7278 1452
Opening Times
Mon-Sat 12.00-15.00 & 18.00-23.00
Sun 12.00-16.00


  • The Guardian

    The Guardian Says…

    Once there was a spartan little eating house, designed to service the hard-working inhabitants of some of England's first social housing. Its narrow oak tables and even narrower, bottom-numbing benches ensured that the "respectably employed working men" at whom it was aimed scarfed down their lunches and got straight back to work. More than 140 years later, the Quality Chop House is back. The narrow, high-ceilinged rooms have had a couple of latter-day incarnations before this one – most recently a meatball joint since bathetically decamped to megamall Westfield – but I reckon original architect Rowland Plumbe would approve of the latest owners, even if today's workers are more likely to be barristers and graphic designers than clerks and hod carriers.

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  • Time Out

    Time Out Says…

    The Quality Chop House carries deliberate echoes of its 19th-century origins by offering ‘a chop and a glass’ or a two-course and coffee ‘daily lunch’ for £15. Not quite the generosity of the original ‘plate of meat, bread and half a pint of ale for six pence’, but well-priced quality nonetheless. Wine rather than ale is the main draw now (though Kernel beer is offered). There’s a wine shop alongside the bar and dining room, with plenty to interest both casual sippers and serious imbibers. Mainly Old World with good regional representation, the list takes in interesting New World wines, not least on the ‘collector’s list’.

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