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Galvin La Chapelle

35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY, England
44 0 20 7299 0400
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Ranked #146 of 16,502 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $19 - $47
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The third restaurant to be opened by acclaimed chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, La Chapelle has been consistently praised, winning no less than 8 top restaurant awards in its first year, including AA London Restaurant of the Year, and Tatler magazine's Restaurant of the Year. Chef Patron, Jeff Galvin, provides a menu of modern French cuisine, gaining a Michelin star in the 2011 Red Guide, just a year after the restaurant opened. There is also a menu gourmand, prix fixe lunch, early dinner menu, and Sunday Roast lunch menu. The service, under the direction of Alessandro Piombino and his team, effortlessly combines warm, friendly and attentive hospitality with a fine sense of tradition and decorum, in keeping with the grandeur of this Grade II-listed building. The restaurant is one of the few restaurants in London to hold a vertical list of Hermitage La Chapelle wines.
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89% Recommend
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Discreet. Attentive service. Never obtrusive. À la carte menu imaginative. Foie gras terrine a must, as is the tarte tatin. Wine list a dream. Quality not quantity! Go...

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Good - Good mains - Issue with desert eventually cleared up - Great Ambience/setting - Pre theatre good value Bad - Allergens in the desert were not on the menu. Made me a little ill. Was initially told it was my fault by the waiter but this was cleared up by front of house and taken off the bill -... More

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Food very good. I had asparagus soup (velouté) followed by calves liver and mashed potato. I like the space/conversion from a chapel including hacking off the stucco from around the clearstory (high level) windows to leave bare brick. Service good. They take your bottle of wine away then pour it where and when they feel like. Why don’t restaurants just... More

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Granada, Spain
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

4 of us dined in the expectation of very good food. We were disappointed. A variety of dishes were of no better than medium quality. They certainly did not justify the price tag of £85 per head including a medium priced Burgundy. Sauces for all dishes were overwhelminly rich and lacked subtlety. Guine fowl had almsot no taste. Parts of... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

To celebrate my boyfriend's birthday, I took him to this amazing grade II listed Victorian restaurant with this amazing high ceiling. At first, we were greeted at the door and they took our coats. Then we were seated at the best seats in the house were you can truly admire the venue. We had the Menu Gourmand which was their... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I went there on a three course deal. The food was pedestrian, tasteless and unattractive. My mackerel starter tasted and looked like herring with some scattered lettuce leaves. The pig cheeks I chose for main course were good, but nothing you could not find in a decent gastropub. To finish of I had panna cotta. It was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Glavin La Chapelle is a top class French restaurant situated in an atmospheric converted chapel near Spitalfields. We opted for the 7 course menu Gourmand with matching wines. Food, wine and service were excellent. You can expect exemplary French cuisine but this is not the place to go if you are looking for an imaginative tasting menu with the vow... More

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a very good restaurant. Service attentive, food first class. My only criticism was the lack of atmosphere....just a bit too dry for me. Having said that it works as a business venue.

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The restaurant is in a beautifully refurbished old chapel and has a great ambience. The welcome was warm and friendly and the staff are helpful and attentive. The food was lovely particularly the crab starter and the wine list is reasonably priced and interesting. All in all it was well worth the trip to the City from our hotel.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We visited La Chapelle for multi birthday celebrations, and we were certainly not disappointed. Service was wonderful, and we split the wine pairings with the tasting menu. Each dish was beautifully constructed, and the truffled brie was a course I still daydream about now. Gorgeous, sumptuous surroundings to eat in too - this building is so beautiful. The atmosphere was... More

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