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“Five experienced London diners concur!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Scoff & Banter, Leicester Square

Scoff & Banter, Leicester Square
Leicester Square Chambers | 36 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7HL, England (Formerly Hampshire Bar & Restaurant) (Trafalgar Square / Embankment)
+44 871 703 2339
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Ranked #6,268 of 17,879 Restaurants in London
Price range: $32 - $48
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
Description: Flooded with natural light and deeply comfortable with paprika crushed velvet sofas, Scoff & Banter Leicester Square has a large terrace and is one of London's best al fresco spaces. In the heart of theatre and cinema land, Scoff & Banter is a great place to relax with a cocktail, and to people watch an unrivalled mixture of locals, tourists and celebrities. Thursday nights feature live music with Cool Sessions with Jazz FM. The seasonal menu features accomplished executions of classic British dishes, using carefully sourced ingredients from trusted suppliers.
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Five experienced London diners concur!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Time was fairly tight. We had been with friends to see Chariots of Fire at the Gielgud Theatre (reviewed separately) and needed a suitable dinner venue close to the Underground Piccadilly line so that my wife and I could reach Kings Cross station comfortably for our return home. Other reasons for selecting the Hampshire were the good reputation of Radisson Blu and the fact that I am a member of the Gourmet Society (GS). Most unusually for a Saturday evening in central London, the Hampshire offered 25 percent off the TOTAL bill for GS members. To help the restaurant give us speedy service we took the time beforehand to download their menu and all placed our orders ahead. Another unusual thing to do, perhaps, but it worked very well. To be on the safe side I took a print-out of the email with me and gave it to the waitress on arrival. Worked wonderfully: helped them and us. Despite the schedule we felt at ease and comfortable throughout, and even if we had not benefited from the substantial GS reduction, it still would have been a very good value meal - actually amazingly good value. The venue is smart and stylish, service was really impeccable, food was glorious - including as a dessert, frozen whisky cream with prunes and Earl Grey syrup. And now, courtesy of the chef, I know how to make it!!! If there is any criticism at all it would be that the white wine should have been colder before the ice bucket treatment and the plates could have been hotter. I like them hot, not just warm. But in all other respects, absolutely recommended. We shall certainly return and look forward to doing so.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Yummy Cocktails”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Wanted to finish our evening off with a pleasant drink before saying goodbye to our US friends so wandered to Hampshire on Leicester Square having stayed there in the past and knowing the bar was comfy and very nice surroundings. We had some lovely cocktails. A little pricey but very yummy and the ambience was a lovely way to end the evening.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“wonderful food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Stayed in this hotel for a romantic weekend and had breakfast here. Superb choice and beautifully presented. Staff are to be commended for their hard work

Visited August 2012
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere and great cocktails!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

There was a great atmosphere in the restaurant. We just had a light snack and cocktails before going to the theatre but the food was good and it was a really great relaxed atmosphere.

Visited September 2012
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essex
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36 restaurant reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Lovely !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

My friends and I went to Leicester Square for dinner before going to the Comedy Store. We decided on The Hampshire Terrace and we were not disappointed. What a lovely place, the decor is fun and the food and service fantastic. We were in a bit of a hurry, but would have definitley stayed longer had we not have been going on to the Comedy Store. Highly recommend!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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