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St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Crypt

#482 of 18,447 Restaurants in London
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Covent Garden
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Trafalgar Square | During the summer months there is a cafe in the courtyard as well as the one in the crypt., London WC2N 4JJ, England
442077661100
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thu - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Description: The Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central...
The Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central London. Locals and visitors from around the world return again and again to take in the striking atmosphere and enjoy the freshly prepared food. The Café is the perfect place to escape from a busy day out in the capital. Whether taking a break from the office or the tourist trail, the Café's location in the heart of Trafalgar Square makes it easy to find and its modern glass pavilion entrance is fully accessible. Once inside the Crypt there is a warm welcome awaiting you with beautiful 18th century architecture brick-vaulted ceilings, historic tombstones beneath your feet and delicious home-cooked food to feast your eyes and stomach on. Don't forget to check out the popular Wednesday night Jazz Nights. Our food is freshly prepared on-site using ingredients from local and national sustainable sources where possible and at great value. With hot and cold mains, cakes, sandwiches, salads and the perfect afternoon tea, there is something for everyone in this award-winning café.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Impressive atmosphere, good food.

We had dinner before going to the concert at the church. It is self service. We had mushroom soup and salad. The portions were big and salad was excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Alexandra2122
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Athens, Greece
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Novato, California
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful ambience in the former crypt of this lovely church in an extremely convenient location. I've always enjoyed going there, but over the years the quality of the food has deteriorated from "OK" to "pretty horrible." Very sorry to say so because I've always really enjoyed the place. If you want a nice spot for not great food at a... More 

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London
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124 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came across this place by chance, and how happy we are that we did. The food whilst there maybe a limited choice represented good value, the soup was tasty and pipping hot, the apple crumble and custard was divine ( and such huge portions) Although were visited at lunch time there was a quick turnaround, so did not need to... More 

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Thank Minkymonkey
London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have often walked past this cafe, and never visited. That was a big mistake! I came here with a friend for a bite to eat and a rest. We were so very happily surprised at the venue. The crypt is stunning. The food amazing and at really sensible prices. I had an excellent parsnip and stilton soup, my friend... More 

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Thank Anne G
Bury, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic location in central London for a meeting point. Excellent food. Friendly Staff. Great Value.

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Athens, Greece
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had dinner before going to the concert at the church. It is self service. We had mushroom soup and salad. The portions were big and salad was excellent.

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1 Thank Alexandra2122
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited London for 4 weeks and had trouble finding a tasty meal for a good price, especially one that has vegetables. The meals at St Martin-in-the-Fields are affordable and very generous on the greens. There are not a lot of meal choices - only one vegetarian plate and one meat plate - but the menu changes every day. The... More 

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Thank Christina C
Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Passed the sign for this cafe and decided to go in for coffee with my daughter. Very spacious, so you don't feel neighbours are on top of you. A delicious latte in an informal and unusual setting. Also have a look at the shop also on the way out.

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Bonita
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Come out of the Trafalgar Square noise and chaos, to the peaceful crypt around old graves. Enjoy the journey back thru time. Relax and have a nice lunch, tea. Desserts look good. Lots to choose from, already made sandwiches to warm cafeteria-type food.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best place to grab lunch or supper when in London if a good hearty meal at a reasonable price, in a very special location, is what you are seeking. It always looks very busy when entering but somehow by the time you have got your food and paid there is a table somewhere that becomes vacant just... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came across this cafe on a wet January lunchtime and we were surprised at the spaciousness of the cafe. It is a marvelous way to use the space under the church. The food choice was excellent and the prices very reasonable in fact you'd be hard pressed to find better value anywhere else in the city. Homemade soup was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Trafalgar Square | During the summer months there is a cafe in the courtyard as well as the one in the crypt., London WC2N 4JJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: 442077661100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 17
  • Cuisine: Soups, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

Description

The Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central London. Locals and visitors from around the world return again and again to take in the striking atmosphere and enjoy the freshly prepared food. The Café is the perfect place to escape from a busy day out in the capital. Whether taking a break from the office or the tourist trail, the Café's location in the heart of Trafalgar Square makes it easy to find and its modern glass pavilion entrance is fully accessible. Once inside the Crypt there is a warm welcome awaiting you with beautiful 18th century architecture brick-vaulted ceilings, historic tombstones beneath your feet and delicious home-cooked food to feast your eyes and stomach on. Don't forget to check out the popular Wednesday night Jazz Nights. Our food is freshly prepared on-site using ingredients from local and national sustainable sources where possible and at great value. With hot and cold mains, cakes, sandwiches, salads and the perfect afternoon tea, there is something for everyone in this award-winning café.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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