A taste of Britain - Holborn Dining Room

A taste of Britain - Holborn Dining Room

In the mood for something quintessentially British for your next evening out with the other half? Look no further than Holborn Dining Room and Delicatessen, an elegant affair in the heart of the city.

The first thing that strikes you about the Dining Room is the attention to detail that has gone into its fabulous decor. Every inch of the restaurant has been meticulously finished to ensure that the fine food is enjoyed in the most splendid of surroundings - expect varnished oak panelling, grand antique mirrors, fine red leather and copper-topped bars.

The food

Seasonal fare is the name of the game at the Dining Room with the menu’s ingredients being sourced according to the time of year. Of course, all the produce is locally acquired from British farmers, but it’s cooked with a beautiful twist - fine dining with a rustic feel.

It’s probably easiest to describe the Dining Room’s menu as comfort food with an up-market vibe. Choose from the grill, the seafood counter or the mains section and enjoy everything from guinea fowl and braised beef forestiere to sirloin and dressed Cornish crab.

With the weather starting to take a turn for the better, you may want to try get yourself a table on the Terrace for a little al fresco dining. Elegantly placed in the garden of the Edwardian Grade II-listed building, this outdoor experience is ideal for a sunny Sunday lunch with the family or and early evening meal with friends before a night out.


Whether you’re after a few drinks after your meal, you’d like a light snack to accompany your evening drinks or you’re just out for a few beverages with drinks, the Dining Room’s two bars have got you covered.

First off, the aptly named Drinks Bar looks the part with its red leather bar stools and cosy table booths. Here you can enjoy fine wines and craft beer or a well-crafted cocktail from one of the mixologists (bar staff, to you and me) on duty. The bar takes walk-ins and you can order up anything on the a la carte menu, should you start to feel a little peckish half way through your mojito.

Secondly, the Charcuterie and Crustacean bar is the ideal place to stop in with friends before a night out in the city. Cured meat, fresh seafood and alcohol has always been a winning combination, but the team at the Dining Room bring it together perfectly.


Although it’s located close to Covent Garden, the restaurant does well to keep prices reasonable and also offer some variety in costs. If you are looking to keep things cheap, we suggest you opt for the delicious homemade burger or the risotto. Looking to break the bank? Well, go straight to the grill section and let your tastebuds do the decision making.

Who’s the boss?

Highly-rated Des McDonald heads of an incredible team of sensational chefs and meticulous front of house staff. The man himself has 20 years of experience and a long history of managing some of the best and most successful restaurants in London. Rest assured, from the time your coat is taken to the moment you ask for the cheque, you will be looked after.  

When to go?

Monday to Friday:  7am - 11.30pm

Saturday:  8am - 11.30pm

Sunday: 7am - 10.30pm

Getting there

It couldn’t be easier to get to the restaurant as it’s located right next to Holborn Underground station. From the tube, simply walk right along High Holborn until you see the restaurant on your left at 252. If you’re coming from outside the area, take either the Central or Piccadilly line to get here.

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