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St Martins in the Fields Cafe in the Crypt

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
020 7766 1122
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Ranked #1,266 of 16,942 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square
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Ridgewood, NJ
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244 reviews 244 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The crypt will serve lunch, tea or dinner. It was my second visit to this local and it was nice to be able to have a bite to eat in such a historic area. I stopped to a late lunch and chose a bowl of soup and a sweet. The result was a full trencherman's meal. The large bowl of... More

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Market Rasen, United Kingdom
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340 restaurant reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were a group of six and called into the crypt for some light refreshments. The location is very unusual and naturally, has buckets of history related to it, so in terms of location, it's difficult to fault. Although we did not try the main courses on offer, the task of picking up a tray and standing in line to... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

After reading such rave reviews and hearing of the cause the profits go to, I had to seek this cafe out and contribute a few £s. Maybe it was the fact that I arrived for afternoon tea and the best of the. day had passed, I really don't know, but I was so disappointed. I purchased the special which was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I expected the worst of a basement under a church in uber-central London: I found what must be the very best value in the West End - and in many other places, too. For the main courses, anyway. Tuesdays are Pie Days. At just £8.95 a main course of chicken, mushroom and leek pie in a creamy sauce was delicious,... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

This place was recommended by a tour guide as a spot that serves the poor community and an opportunity to support them, so my Catholic school educated son thought it would be a choice that would feed the soul. We expected it to be no-frills. Boy, were we rewarded! There was SUCH a variety of fresh, and inventive salads, soups... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

we went the first time just to see it and ended up just in time for Afternoon tea (2pm) it was so yummy that I made it one of my last things to do the last day we were there. The location is interesting and our last visit we sat in one of the tiny round rooms... it is cafeteria... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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156 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Entry is via the glass domed staircase and lift to the left of the church and this leads you into the large atmospheric brick vaulted crypt. With a very warm sunny day outside it was good to enter the cooler surroundings and we were very impressed with the range and variety of the well prepared food. Regular hours for the... More

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Honolulu
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The concept sounds like one should make a point to go there. I disagree. If you are there for a concert, it is convenient and affordable. Other than that, it is cafeteria style and has the service to match.

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Angus
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27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

During a holiday trip we visited the Cafe in the Crypt hoping to start the day with an excellent breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausage, etc. We should have gone elsewhere as soon as we saw that the food came out of 'hot plates' rather than being freshly prepared. It wasn't really hot to start with & by the time we'd... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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104 reviews 104 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I was looking for a causal place for dinner that might interest our two boys. They thought eating in a crypt was "weird" and have mentioned it since returning from our trip so maybe I accomplished my goal but I didn't realize the set up was cafeteria. That would have been OK but the food quality/taste (a little bland, chicken... More

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