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Central and Co is a contemporary brasserie and bar located over two floors. The food menu at Central and Co celebrates British produce and makes good use of seasonal fare. The bar below is an intimate area serving a range of drinks including fine wines, cocktails and spirits.

Ranked #3024 of 5241 restaurants in London
Part of the Urban Leisure Group group
"Central & Co is located in the heart of Central London opposite Carnaby Street & Liberties.
The kitchen opens at 8am and serves food all day easing seamlessly from hearty breakfasts to working lunches into small plates for sharing, from around the world, in the evening.

The drinks menu is filled with craft beers from London to Hawaii by way of Bavaria, bespoke cocktails all made in house and wines & bubbles galore.

Downstairs is one of Soho’s coolest basement bars: sultry, seductive & with it’s own dedicated bar team and independent sound system."

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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 - 00:00

FRI

08:00 - 00:00

SAT

09:00 - 00:00

SUN

10:00 - 22:30

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By Anna G.

I quite like this place for a few drinks after work if I'm in Soho. Nice airy bar, decent range of drinks, good buzzy atmosphere...Have been a few times and it's always been a good experience for a few relaxed drinks


By Rosemin A.

Situated between the ever-fashionable shopping hub of Carnaby Street and affluent Regent Street, Central and Co is a chic bar and brasserie from the Urban Leisure Group. A sister to successful restaurants such as The Elgin in Maida Vale, the restaurant (Central) still feels as though it needs to pinpoint its identity a year after it opened, but its near-hidden experimental bar (the 'and Co' aspect) is the ace up its sleeve.

The Venue
Central, the restaurant, is a compact but well-planned space, with the restaurant's frontage opening entirely to spill tables and chairs onto the street outside. It’s a little confusing at first as there doesn’t seem to be a specific spot to meet the staff except for the bar at the back, but the space is nicely decorated. Arty, geometric lights hang from the ceiling, nicely offset by the neutral dark grey paint. The artwork on the walls is weirdly compelling, with modern works hung amongst large mirrors.

It’s a sleek space overall, especially in the bar area, where chilled refrigerators set into the wall up to the ceiling display intriguing bottles. The exposed brick walls, painted in shabby-chic fashion with white paint, give a great sense of space even though the tables are fairly closely placed together. Downstairs, the often-overlooked bar is a dimly lit but interesting space, with colourful seats and a gorgeous marble bar. All the alcohol (part of their specialist no-brands concept) is stored in beautiful decanters behind.

The Atmosphere
From the outset, it is clear this is a place for the wealthy twenty to thirty somethings to come after work to celebrate; numerous bottles of prosecco and Champagne are being served to small tables of twos and threes. The staff are pretty funky, casually dressed in a nonchalant but fashionable way. Not many guests are here to eat beyond the small plates, so the vibe is definitely more bar than restaurant, but it’s a lovely haven in the warm weather for shoppers.

The Food
It’s apparent midway through the main course that, whilst the food is done to an acceptably high standard, Central & Co is primarily a bar, not a restaurant. The menu has a nice variety to it, with a concise selection of dishes divided into small plates, main courses and desserts.

Starters are dishes of quail breast with autumnal vegetables and pan-fried king prawns with fennel in a bisque sauce. Though cooked well, the flavours are nothing beyond the expected - the menu seems to aim high with descriptions, but doesn’t really inspire on the plate. The presentation is well-executed, though.

The main dishes are better, with the 10oz rump steak surprising with its tender taste. The twice-cooked chips are good, too. The blackened chicken breast and crispy bacon dish, accompanied by wilted spinach, is hearty but like the starters, without any real innovation.

Dessert, unfortunately, follows this theme. Glazed English strawberries with marscarpone and an almond crumble is served in a lovely stemmed glass, and whilst the fruit is juicy and the marscarpone fresh, the crumble is a little bit too hard. The warm dark chocolate pudding is decent, though perhaps might benefit from more of the Braeburn apple purée. Both are garnished with basil, which – while aesthetically pleasing – doesn’t marry too well with the dishes themselves.

The Drink
Here, Central and Co shows its true colours. The white wine, an intriguingly named 2010 Charles Smith 'Kung Fu Girl' Riesling, is delightfully fruity and clear. The red, an organic 2011 Côtes du Rhône from Les Isles is smoothly rich and matches well with the darker meats. Both are excellent choices for the menu.

The pièce du résistance for Central and Co, though, is its spirits bar - the first un-labelled bar in the capital. The idea is to serve drinks based on their flavours rather than their brands, and the beverages are described and sorted in the menu according to their flavours (i.e. sweet and spicy). It’s a really great concept, and with the excellent mixologist/bar manager at the helm, it actually lives up to its expectation.

Guests can choose from a glorious selection of rums, vodkas, absinthes – any spirit conceivable, essentially. The bar will add to the flavour with liqueurs, vermouths, bitters and mixers, formulated to your particular taste. The cocktails are a knockout, with the Corpse Reviver No.2, seriously good - a perfectly mixed delight with a green absinthe hue.

The Last Word
Central and Co’s strength definitely lies in its beverages, with its secretive bar being a truly excellent place to dabble in new a spirit experience. However, the food is only satisfactory; good for a brief stop in between shopping or after work, but not really a gourmet experience by itself. Visitors should have a few small plates, a cocktail and some wine for the best experience.

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