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“Great choice any time of day”

St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Crypt
Ranked #662 of 23,370 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $16
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Description: The Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central London. Locals and visitors from around the world return again and again to take in the striking atmosphere and enjoy the freshly prepared food. The Café is the perfect place to escape from a busy day out in the capital. Whether taking a break from the office or the tourist trail, the Café's location in the heart of Trafalgar Square makes it easy to find and its modern glass pavilion entrance is fully accessible. Once inside the Crypt there is a warm welcome awaiting you with beautiful 18th century architecture brick-vaulted ceilings, historic tombstones beneath your feet and delicious home-cooked food to feast your eyes and stomach on. Don't forget to check out the popular Wednesday night Jazz Nights. Our food is freshly prepared on-site using ingredients from local and national sustainable sources where possible and at great value. With hot and cold mains, cakes, sandwiches, salads and the perfect afternoon tea, there is something for everyone in this award-winning café.
Reviewed May 10, 2013

I've been to the Crypt several times over the past few years and this visit when I travelled with two friends, introduced them to my go-to spot. They liked it so much that we went for two lunches and tea. The prices are reasonable, the food good and the choice is such that it's always possible to find something to fit appetite and budget. The location is terrific with the bonus of wonderful free lunchtime concerts a couple of days a week in the church. We wanted to go to the Crypt's jazz evening, a weekly event, but because of timing couldn't -I'll definitely try to go next visit to London.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

St Martins in the Fields Cafe in the Crypt is a unique little hidden gem in London. The food is served cafeteria style and what they offer changes daily. Go underneath the church to find the cafe. It is intriguing to read the tombstones. However the bread pudding with hot custard is worth a trip in and of itself! I couldn't even finish my portion and I adore bread pudding and hot custard. Give it a try!

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

It's a little secret place around Trafalgar. One can see only its lift on the surface. The Crypt is under ground and it is equipped with cafe and exhibition halls.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

I had been to this small cafeteria style eatery twice in the past. Somehow, the ambience and overall experience has changed somewhat. The large imposing glass enclosure marking the public entrance to what is now referred to as "The Crypt" is unusual. The food itself was average, a good curry, nothing to write home about. The chocolate soufflé was tough and chewy and the creme brûlée was pretty much just custard. The large number of elderly patrons was different than I recalled, and there was a lot of shuffling and loud coughing throughout. The cafeteria line was disorganized with people jumping in and out if line, cutting at times. The cost was over £16 for two, which is more than it should be. Overall, a neat setting in a crypt but overly crowded for a weekday and disorganized.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

I was here for Jazz in the Crypt. The space is very interesting and contributes to appreciation of the music. It would be intriguing if they put on more experimental work here, soundscapes and ambience and whatnot, but one must make do with passable jazz and classical.

We were accommodated with a smile and quick service when a friend joined the two of us from another table.

The food is the major let down here: we were led to believe that the dinner would be Indian, but the vegetarian option was a pasta bake which was exceedingly average. Why they couldn't make the vegetarian option indian as well is something we don't understand.

The dessert custard has clearly had a powdered history. Not enjoyable at all.

The house white wine was truly awful: we decided they'd must have poured it from a cheap cask marked "sweet fruity white". Stick with the beers.

Despite that, the feeling of appreciating music in a space hundreds of years old, at a reasonable price, made the experience worthwhile.

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