The Dean Street Townhouse is a hotel with all day dining room situated in the heart of Soho on Dean Street in a townhouse (hence the name). They serve locally sourced British food throughout the day like full English breakfast and of course posh fish and chips with mushy peas. Afternoon tea with all the trimmings is also featured and you’ll also find typical classics like scotch eggs, crumpets and treacle tarts. It’s certainly an eatery for London visitors who want to taste some classic British grub in traditional surroundings. If you’re searching for Dean Street restaurants, restaurants in Soho, breakfast in Soho, places for afternoon tea in London or pre theatre dinner London do give the Dean Street Townhouse a try.
Dean Street Townhouse
Dean Street Townhouse Menu
The executive chef is Stephen Tonkin who serves up seasonal British food so the menu will change quite regularly. Breakfast kicks off at 7am during the week and 8am at the weekends. You can order pastries, muesli, granola, traditional porridge, bramble porridge and fruit with or without yoghurt. I tried the Greek yoghurt with poached rhubarb and honey which was delicious, sweet and tasty – £6. Pastries are £3 and these other dishes go up to £6.
Greek Yoghurt with Poached Rhubarb and Honey
Smaller hot breakfasts include mushrooms on toast, sausage or bacon sandwhich and poached egg on toast with avocado. They have plenty of egg options – any style with toast and egg white omelette with your choice of extras. Or you can go for the benedict, royal and florentine. These cost between £6-12.
Heritage Beetroot Hash with Fried Duck Egg (well done)
Larger cooked breakfasts include full English with all the trimmings, Lorne sausage with tattie scones and fried egg, ham hock hash with fried duck egg and kedgeree. These dishes range from £7-12. We tried the heritage beetroot hash with fried duck egg – £8. The other dish was grilled Manx kipper with butter – £9. I liked the fact that they automatically brought toast to our table which was actually properly toasted.
Grilled Manx Kipper with Butter
Lunch and dinner starters include a taste of Britain with the Isle of Wight tomato tart, Dorset crab soup and Wye Valley asparagus hollandaise. Cured salmon, smoked haddock soufflé and steak tartare are also featured. Starters cost £6-11. Fish mains are fisherman’s pie, haddock and chips, cod and brown shrimps with white asparagus and sea trout with leeks. Meaty mains include lamb cutlets with Jersey Royals, Beef Wellington, Suffolk pork T-bone, Rib-eye and calves liver with bacon and onions. Prices range from £13.50-£34. Finish with a treacle tart, champagne jelly or raspberry meringue for £6.50. Something to note is that they serve Sunday roasts – £24-28.
You can also pop in for afternoon tea which is served 3pm-6pm. You can order the full version with finger sandwiches, scones, jam, clotted cream, cakes and a choice of teas – £19.50. Alternatively order a slice of Battenberg, buttered crumpets, Scotch egg or sausage roll. They also have a theatre menu with a choice of two courses for £16.50 or three for £19.50.
Dean Street Townhouse Interiors
As you approach you’ll notice the grand townhouse with tables and chairs outside on the pavement terrace which seats thirty people. This building has an interesting past which you can read more about on the website. It was once home to the famous Gargoyle Club which was established in 1928 and the favourite hangout for intellectuals, artists and politicians.
Alfresco Dining Terrace
The dining room is on the ground floor with the entrance on Dean Street. The interiors are by Martin Brudnizki who has used reclaimed oak timber for the flooring and Georgian inspired wallpaper. The walls are covered with an eclectic collection of contemporary British works of art. It has a traditional feel in keeping with the townhouse period. It’s quite dark inside so is a lovely snug place for the winter months, in the summer you can sit on the terrace if you want bright light.
You’ll find a twelve metre bar situated along one wall with stools which is a great place to perch if you’re dining solo. The red leather seating with additional vintage chairs gives you a comfortable and relaxing spot to enjoy your meal. The tables are covered with nice crisp white table cloths and you even get proper napkins which makes a nice change these days.
There’s also a plush lounge area which adjoins the dining room. This space is more formal and elegant than the dining room. They both serve exactly the same menu.
Dean Street Townhouse Information
Name: Dean Street Townhouse
Near: Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus and Leicester Square
Website: Dean Street Townhouse Website
Address: 69-71 Dean Street, London W1D 3SE
Open: Monday to Thursday 7am-midnight, Friday 7am-1am, Saturday 8am-1am and Sunday 8am-midnight
Seating: Dining room, lounge area and pavement terrace
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London and Dean Street Townhouse. Thanks: Kate Pernfuss.