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150 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AN , England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
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Ranked #3,227 of 18,003 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Came here as a solo traveller as it was near my hotel. I must say i was so suprised to be greeted by a lovely waitress, given a great table and offered/served a drink immediatley despite it being a busy saturday night with no reservation. Had a special polenta starter dish and was so big! So be wary the serves... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Visited whilst in London for work one evening on my own. I was made to feel very welcome. All of the staff were attentive. Their's good choice on the menu and the specials made it difficult to choose what I was going to have! I enjoyed my food and will visit again when in the area.

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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This restaurant along Southampton Row is always excellent and the moment you walk through the door you are made to feel most welcome - the atmosphere is great and the team always happy to serve you with a smile. Currently hidden under scaffolding but don't be fooled a little gem in the heart of Bloomsbury -try it out.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Staying locally and ended up eating here 3 nights in a row. After a busy day of walking and sightseeing it was great to find this traditional family owned restaurant in Southampton Row where we could enjoy good food and service at a reasonable price.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We ate here late afternoon whilst staying at a nearby hotel. Our meal was very tasty, and the staff attentive and friendly. We especially enjoyed the bruschetta, it was delicious. My pasta dish was huge, I couldn't eat it all. Next time I think I will order a starter size portion. Recommended.

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Irvine, CA
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210 reviews 210 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I ate here one night because it was near to my hotel. The pizza was not bad - rather like the type of pizza you can get in Northern Italy. The house red wine was decent, but certainly not a great value. Worth a visit.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Lovely welcoming and attentive staff. Chose pizza from the menu but it was a bit disappointing, I've had better. There is a good menu so perhaps I just made the wrong choice.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I had lunch here with a group of friends and we enjoyed it very much. It reminded me of small restaurants I've visited when off the tourist trail in Italy, the staff seemed to be one big family, and all took ownership of serving. All were hospitable, appropriately attentive and humorous. The food was good basic Italian fare. My pizza... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We visited London as a group of 4 and after much deliberation settled on Il Fornello for our dinner, and what an inspired choice it was. It was up there with the best food i have ever eaten and the service was efficient and with a smile. It felt like a really authentic Italian joint, right down to the dessert... More 

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West Yorkshire
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

This place is nice enough, tucked away under loads of scaffolding. The decor is aged but the staff were really friendly. Our food was nice enough and at a reasonable price plus the house red was also quite drinkable. I had bruschetta followed by pizza - the base and crust were especially nice! My wife had in insalata caprese followed... More 

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Additional Information about Il Fornello

Address: 150 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AN , England
Phone Number: (020)-7837-4584
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Bloomsbury / Holborn
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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