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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 #1,158 of 16,890 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW 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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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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426 reviews 426 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

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
24 helpful votes 24 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
47 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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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A very convenient, reasonably priced place to eat before theatre or ENO visit. Easy to miss if you don't know it's there. Opposite Trafalgar Square in the Crypt of St Martins in the Fields. Look out for the glass domed column of an entrance to the side of the church, with either lift or stairs down to the lower level,... More

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Ruthin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Right next to the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square, this cafe serves great coffee. The food looked really good, but I'd already had lunch. For location, value and friendly atmosphere it would be hard to beat. And best of all, the profits go to good causes and not Starbucks.

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