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St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Courtyard

#5,269 of 17,544 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Covent Garden
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Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH, England
+44 20 7766 1100
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cafe is in a crypt so obviously not modern but the food is good. We just had tea and cake but people having a meal had a really good size and it still looked appetising at 3.30 pm.

Thank chrisatbracondale
Sydney, Australia
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216 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Eating at the courtyard cafe enables you to drink in the atmosphere around Trafalgar Square... it is quaint, classy, and gives the feeling of being in the British classes :) Enjoyable

Thank OzKK
Perth, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

The crypt offers a relaxing place to have lunch or a cup of tea. A beautifully restored area, quiet but so close to National Gallery and the square. There is a wide selection to choose from and reasonably priced for such a central location.

3 Thank kogarah
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Ideal place whether it be for coffee & cake or lunch always fabulous selection of good food on offer at a reasonable price. Been there for quick snacks and for lunch and never disappointed.

5 Thank akm7123
Sandy, United Kingdom
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528 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

The Café in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields is a unique place to eat. You just take a tray and go and choose your food. It makes a change from the run-of-the-mill places in central London. They serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and all profits go to the St Martin-in-the-Fields charity. This time we just had sandwiches and... More 

32 Thank Sandygranny
Norris, Tennessee
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

We were able to have lunch here and enjoyed our meal. Be advised they have daily specials and the portions are large. They serve cafeteria style so it was good to see the offerings before selection. We were traveling with our 9 yo son and while they do not advertise a child's menu, they were able to give him a... More 

1 Thank msbene
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

I thought I would take my foreign guest here for Afternoon Tea and what a disappointment. Everything was hard, bordering on stale.I was too embarrassed to tell the Duty manager as I would have lost face in front of my guest, so we ended up walking out. I apologised to my guest as I had promised them an experience to... More 

1 Thank Minkymonkey
SMITFVisitorServices, Café Team at St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Courtyard, responded to this review

Hello Minkymonkey I am very sorry that your afternoon tea was not up to our usual standard on the day you were here. I have spoken to the manager who as you said you have been in touch with already. We do have quality control procedures in place, but should any issues arise our aim is to sort them out... More 

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283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

pretty average food. I would stay away from the hot offerings - the roasted zucchini was enormous and totally bland. Stick with very basic. Good choice when you just want a quick bite. Tables turnover quickly and the crypt makes for a unique setting.

1 Thank alwaysplanahead
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

This is a lovely place to go either for a coffeeand a cake lunch or an eveing meal. The place is non smoking clean and the staff helpful, will go again and again.

1 Thank JeffOP
Berlin, Germany
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100 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Am never dissapointed with the quality of food here, excellent value for money, portion size good, selfservice staff friendly, only critic is that the wait at the cash desk is sometimes too long so that hot food is only warm by the time you get to eat it and I like my food to be hot. I come from the... More 

1 Thank Paul E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $15
Cafe, British, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7766 1100
Whether looking for a tasty escape from a day in the office, shopping or sightseeing, the Cafe in the Courtyard is the ideal retreat. Set just off Trafalgar Square in the open terrace behind St Martin-in-the-Fields church, the Cafe in the Courtyard is the ideal spot to take away a coffee, sandwich or salad or the perfect central location to meet up with friends for lunch, afternoon tea or evening delights.

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Covent Garden
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