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The Loose Box Bar and Kitchen
Ranked #5,860 of 23,025 Restaurants in London
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Westminster
Description: The Loose Box Bar & Kitchen is a treasure in the heart of Westminster.
Level 6 Contributor
26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2011

I am staggered by the previous poor review of the Loose Box. We wandered in while we were staying at the nearby Mint Hotel and had got bored with the Mint menu. The Loose Box was fabulous in every way. The staff were friendly, the menu was brief but interesting - unpretentious, very well-prepared British food, ethics a high priority - free range meat and eggs, fish from sustainable stocks,delicious bread baked in Lewisham, etc. etc. Specials are changed regularly (monthly I think). We returned quite a few times and never had a bad or indifferent meal. Braised venison pie came with a generous wedge of butternut squash and creamy mashed potatoes, beer battered hake with totally delicious chips (skins left on), Marsala poached figs with vanilla ice cream and toasted almond - this is just a small selection of dishes that exceeded our expectations (and I am fussy about food). They offer a good choice for vegetarians and their beer menu is exceptional, with draught beer and ale, as well as bottled beer and cider, several to satisfy 'real ale' enthusiasts and Siera Nevada for home-sick Americans.

We didn't find that the meals took particularly long to arrive, as the previous reviewer complained, but one must remember that the food is freshly prepared. If you are looking for MacDonalds, this is not it.

The restaurant/bar can get very busy. They deserve their success!! They are located on Horseferry Road, quite convenient if you are visiting Tate Britain, Westminster Abbey + Parliament, and even not that far from the London Eye. The nearest tube stations are St James Park, Victoria, Pimlico, and Westminster - none very close but several buses, including the 88 from Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square etc, stops very near.

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Las Vegas, NV
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Absurdly Slow. This place is doomed to close.”
Reviewed December 3, 2010

I tried to eat here, I really did. My wife and I came in on a Friday morning (December 3, 2010) and despite the fact that only one other table was occupied, we received no service at all for 10 minutes. We had to ask the woman behind the bar if we should seat ourselves. She said yes, and that she'd be with us in a minute. Neither she nor the male employee who came and went ever came to our table or said another word to us. We left, very put off, after 10 minutes of no service. Imagine how long it would take to get seved if this place was crowded!

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