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The Westminster County Courts were elegantly converted to a Browns Restaurant in 1996. The building now comprises a 320 seat restaurant and bar on the ground floor, which is open for lunch, afternoon tea, pre and post theatre suppers and dinner. The bar boasts Browns' usual fine selection of cocktails.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

08:00 - 23:00

TUE

08:00 - 23:00

WED

08:00 - 23:00

THU

08:00 - 23:00

FRI

08:00 - 00:00

SAT

09:00 - 00:00

SUN

09:00 - 22:30

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By Stuart S.

Service was poor, cutlery was not clean, I asked for a plate to be replaced and they never came back with one. We had afternoon tea and the sandwiches supplied were not fresh. We had finished our Prosecco and tea before the sandwiches were even served. This is the first time I've ever asked to have the service charge taken back off. Very disappointed.


By Libby S.

An Affordable Afternoon Tea. Great for those who can't afford to spend a fortune in other tea rooms like Fortnum's.


By ANN M.

I visited browns last week with 3 other ladies before a show and found the waiters Stefanie and Mikie were very polite when waiting on us and as this was our first visit stefanie told us the history of the building and who it belongs to now. she was very proud of having the privilege to be working there, the food was exquisite and hot which was a delight. After our meal Stefanie gave us a guided tour of the court rooms up stairs. she was very informative of the history. We had a most delightful time which ended a great meal. I have recommended to all our friends that they visit browns for a great meal well cooked and presented beautifully. Ann. x


By Louise M.

Browns is one of my favourite restaurants. It looks & feels expensive but the food is very reasonably priced (£8-£10 for a main course). The staff are pleasant & helpful & they always have interesting vegetarian courses.


By Peter S.

Arriving at 7.45pm on a very wet Friday night, we knew it was going to be a bit rough. Very crowded but still they were able to offer us a table "right away" or in "half an hour". We opted for the latter and were able to get to the bar, order up and were nearing the end of our drinks when our table number flashed up. We were seated, and orders taken promptly and with a friendly welcome. The starters arrived quickly as did the wine, jug of water etc. The main courses were a bit longer but allowing for the crowds we were very impressed with the speed and overal quality etc of the main courses. Only one of the party had room for a pudding and it arrived (plus 2 extra spoons for some of us to try) quickly. The cost was considered by all to be very reasonable for central London and the food and service good especially as Browns were under a lot of pressure on the night.
A good value for money experience.


By Sabina B.

A group of friends came to London for a long weekend and visited Browns for our evening meal. As it was very busy we had to wait for our table but it was definitely worth it. The food was al a carte and the waiters/waitresses were very pleasant although they were very busy. It was not expensive for the 3 courses we had. We liked it so much we went back next morning for breakfast. (This you must try.) We are back in Sept so we will be going to Browns again.


By Emily S.

Browns Covent Garden is an eye-catching venue in a thriving part of London. It’s always busy, less pricey than some of its neighbours and, provided you’re not looking for anything too flashy, it’s a decent place to have a drink or dinner.

The Venue
You can’t miss this branch of Browns. Standing proudly in amongst the theatres of Covent Garden, it holds its own on St Martins Lane with flaming torches at the entrance marking it out. In an area that’s a hit and miss cacophony of fast food and tourist traps, Browns is conveniently placed a short staggering distance from Leicester Square tube or a more scenic stroll from Covent Garden.

The venue offers an expanse of space with high ceilings adding to the airy feel created by the neutral, light cream and wood decor. Whilst the bar looks like something out of an old Hollywood film it is far too busy for any serious posing. The venue is divided into three sections on different levels with quieter tables at the back offering a glimpse of the stage door to nearby Wyndhams Theatre through a pane of glass. It’s a big place with plenty of tables so wait times are kept to a minimum.

The Atmopshere
Browns Covent Garden can be relied upon to be busy every night of the week with an upbeat, lively atmosphere. This is a popular after work hang out with as many men in suits as coiffured ladies sipping pre-theatre aperitifs. However, this isn’t somewhere where jeans are frowned upon and you’re just as likely to spy casually attired tourists. The staff are often under pressure and not always the friendliest but they know their stuff and are efficient and knowledgeable.

The Food
The menu at Browns covers all the bases. There is a prix fixe option priced at £12.95 for two courses, which may appeal to pre- and post-theatre diners, whilst afternoon tea is a pleasant option between 2pm-5.30pm if you’re lucky enough to get a table by the window on a fine day.

For a leisurely dinner there is plenty to choose from ranging from a light seared beef fillet salad with chilli, soy and garlic (£11.75) to a range of steaks from £12.95-£18.95. The bacon cheeseburger (£10.95) is slightly disappointing due to its lack of strong, meaty flavours although the burger meat is lean. The bacon is too fatty and could do with being better quality to lift the flavours. The French fry style chips, however, are very good and you also receive a generous helping of crispy salad that’s fresh and crunchy.

There’s not much choice on the menu for vegetarians although there are some decent starters to choose from. The slow roasted peppers with garlic, basil and tomatoes (£5.95) is good but the garlic could do with being a little more evident, getting lost beneath the earthy flavour of the pepper. However, the garlic, rocket and parmesan flatbread is crispy and delicious with strong flavours of garlic and parmesan complementing each other well. The portion is on the generous side and you could share it between two.

For dessert, the seasonal Pimms jelly with strawberry coulis, apple and fresh mint (£4.75) is a fabulous addition to the summer menu although you can also choose between more classic offerings like profiteroles, poached pear, apple pie and sticky toffee pudding.

The Drink
Their signature Bellini is a good place to start at just £6.95 in place of a glass of Champagne if you’re watching the pennies. A very pleasant bottle of Cote de Rhone rose wine with raspberry and redcurrant notes and an elegant finish is a reasonable £15.95 and works well as an aperitif. There are wines from all over the world on the menu including an unusual bottle from Lebanon – the staff are more than happy to make suggestions. You can pay up to £135 for a fine wine but the cocktails are priced well under the London norm with most coming in at below £7.

This isn’t really the place for beer drinkers but there is still a good range on tap for those pining for a pint, including Amstel, Peroni, Staropramen, Becks Vier, Erdinger and Heineken.

The Last Word
This is an unpretentious place to enjoy a cocktail without a hefty price tag. It is busy and service sometimes suffers but if you’re happy to mingle with enthusiastic theatre goers then it’s a decent spot.

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