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Troubadour

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Earls Court
English, British
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265 Old Brompton Road | Earls Court, London SW5 9JA, England
020 7370 1434
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: 'With more soul than a millipede wearing size 17 boots, ceilings and walls...
'With more soul than a millipede wearing size 17 boots, ceilings and walls strewn with the instrumental heirlooms of a bygone bohemia, this 50s café screams throw-back. Successfully and audaciously blending 50s coffee bar, wine bar, club, music venue and breakfast bar with an easy smoothness, this live music haven is the cornerstone of Old Brompton Road, which has refreshingly resisted the modern humdrum of high street homogeny. Comfort and conviviality ooze as you can sup European classic wine offerings or New World fare, nurse a hot chocolate or bury your face in an omelette big enough to swallow you whole.' Alex HomerThe Troubadour, established in 1954, has gently expanded to include a larger cafe and live music club, an award winning garden, a specialist wine shop and comfy wine bar, a great gallery for exhibitions and parties and lastly a luxurious serviced appartment, The Garret, at the top of the building. A great place to relax while the world passes you by....
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Visitor rating
  • 89
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A bit of heaven

We loved this place we had lunch, when it was nice and quiet, and went back at night when it was packed. Both times the staff were great and so was the atmosphere. I would love to catch a gig here in the club downstairs. I would stay in this area or make a trip just to come here any... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Jimmy M
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Beverley, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Beverley, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We loved this place we had lunch, when it was nice and quiet, and went back at night when it was packed. Both times the staff were great and so was the atmosphere. I would love to catch a gig here in the club downstairs. I would stay in this area or make a trip just to come here any... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

+ - Staff were fantastic, good service, very attentive on a busty night. - Good venue with a lot of character and great atmosphere - Overpriced food, alright its London but still thought it was a tad expensive We wanted to catch some live music after but were told we had to pay £7 each after just paying a bill... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Been here twice. The food is decent - no complaints - but quite pricey for what it is. It appears to be masquerading as a French cafe but the food is pretty basic. The service charge added to the already rather pricey bill has put me off going off here again, which is a shame as it could be lovely.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

After noticing that all the prices on the printed menu where higher than advertised on their website we politely informed the staff who proceeded to call the condescending, aggressive manager to confront us. Rather than offering an apology or appreciating the observation, we were told that it was our fault we hadn't noticed that "the online menu hadn't been updated... More 

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bradford
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234 reviews 234 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I booked a table here for a Valentine's breakfast with my wife. Needn't have bothered as it was all but empty when we arrived. All the same we were squeezed into a table for 2 with barely room to swing a cat. We both ordered a Full English breakfast at 9.75 without a drink (another £2 each). The breakfast was... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I went on my own to do some work with my computer in the afternoon. The service was great, very friendly and attentive but not annoying at all. I ordered a pot of tea and stayed for over two hours. The music was very good, not too loud so I could concentrate but nice to listen to when I wanted... More 

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London, UK
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

How have I lived in London for so many years without finding this place? Tucked away 5 minutes from Earls Court tube, it is a real experience. The food is excellent - not cheap, but worth the money. The ambience is delightful and quirky. The staff are very friendly and efficient. Papers, wifi, things to look at ...I went for... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We had a complicated booking with the Troubadour where we booked for private hire,changed the date AND then cancelled and yet they still reimbursed us by providing a birthday meal for my daughter and her friends. I cannot say how grateful I was to them for their kindness and understanding.My daughter had a fantastic time and loved it as much... More 

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France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I suspect this well placed cafe restaurant on Brompton road has seen a few too many well heeled customers who don't come to eat.. Grimy and noisy atmosphere is fantastic but they really let themselves down on the food. I ordered from the all day breakfast menu , an altruistic hippy fruit platter which arrived with a bizarre plate of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A friend suggested this restaurant, so we decided to go for dinner on a Saturday evening after the New Year. The entrance was quite confusing as we had to get in through a side corridor. As we got in, the place was so busy that it was hard to find a table, so initially we sat at the back next... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 265 Old Brompton Road | Earls Court, London SW5 9JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Earls Court
  • Neighborhood: Earls Court
  • Phone Number: 020 7370 1434

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 61
  • Cuisine: English, British

Description

'With more soul than a millipede wearing size 17 boots, ceilings and walls strewn with the instrumental heirlooms of a bygone bohemia, this 50s café screams throw-back. Successfully and audaciously blending 50s coffee bar, wine bar, club, music venue and breakfast bar with an easy smoothness, this live music haven is the cornerstone of Old Brompton Road, which has refreshingly resisted the modern humdrum of high street homogeny. Comfort and conviviality ooze as you can sup European classic wine offerings or New World fare, nurse a hot chocolate or bury your face in an omelette big enough to swallow you whole.' Alex HomerThe Troubadour, established in 1954, has gently expanded to include a larger cafe and live music club, an award winning garden, a specialist wine shop and comfy wine bar, a great gallery for exhibitions and parties and lastly a luxurious serviced appartment, The Garret, at the top of the building. A great place to relax while the world passes you by....
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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