I’ve eaten at Hubbard and Bell a couple of times recently; with Homeboy for breakfast and last week with my friend Alan for lunch. If you haven’t heard of this restaurant, it’s located inside the Hoxton Hotel which is part of the Soho House group. It’s a buzzy place to meet a friend or clients in High Holborn, or mid-town as this district is now being called. It’s a café, bar and grill which is open all day serving breakfast, lunch (grilled meat and fish) and a deli-style feast on Sundays. The menu is concise with an offering of simple dishes which are well cooked and full of flavour. If you’re searching for breakfast near Holborn, best restaurants in Holborn or restaurants near Covent Garden then do give Hubbard and Bell a try.
Hubbard and Bell Restaurant Interiors
Hubbard and Bell Menu
I’ll kick off with the breakfast menu, which is quite simple but tasty. There are plenty of egg dishes which you can have cooked just how you like with toast, benedict style (ham, hollandaise and muffin) or with steak. English breakfast fans can order the eggs with sausage and bacon and add sides of beans, hash browns, mushrooms and tomatoes. Alternatively try the country omelette with mushrooms, spinach and cheddar which Homeboy tried and enjoyed. I had poached eggs with avocado on sourdough, which included pistachios. If you’d prefer fruit or grains try the chia pudding with clementine, quinoa porridge with blueberries, a fruit plate with yoghurt and granola or the sourdough pancakes which are thin and crepe-like rather than fluffy. Treat yourself to a house cold-pressed juice or smoothie, and they have some unusual combinations.
Avocado on Sourdough Toast with Poached Egg and Pistachios
The all-day menu features a selection of raw or chilled starters including shrimp cocktail, Hamachi, steak tartare or heirloom beetroot. Or you could try cured chorizo, pork loin, lamb or bresaola. They also offer a selection of toppings on toast which include smoked tomato with harissa and almonds, ricotta with figs and honey, oxtail with marmalade and bone marrow plus a crab toast with tarragon. Or have a small Greek or Cesar salad instead.
Meaty mains include steak; short rib, 45-day sirloin and ribeye plus a big porterhouse for two. If you prefer lamb, you can try rump or a Barnsley chop. Alternatively, there’s pork belly or BBQ spare ribs. Chicken and duck are also served. Seafood and fish dishes feature razor clams, lobster, octopus or lemon sole. Alan tried the lemon sole which was served in herb butter and perfectly cooked.
If you prefer burgers, they have five to choose from. These include a patty melt sandwich of beef with cheese and caramelised onions. The beef burger comes with cheese and gherkins in a brioche bun. Lamb is flavoured with cumin and accompanied with feta, onion and tomato in a muffin. A seafood version consists of shrimp, crab and lettuce in a potato bun. I tried the vegetarian Portobello mushroom served with courgette, tomato, Fontina cheese in a brioche bun. I must say, it was perfect, not too bulky and the mushroom and courgette were not overcooked. Sides included French fries with a garlic aioli dip or a truffle version with Parmesan and garlic. They also had spinach with cheese on top, creamed corn and a green salad.
Portobello Mushroom Burger with Truffle Fries
Save room for the dessert or a cheese plate. I tried the Caramel Pretzel Cheesecake, which was fabulous. I love the combination of salty and sweet together, so this was a dream pudding for me. Alan tried the plum crumble with spiced yoghurt, which was great but not as good as my cheesecake! I was tempted to try the Brooklyn blackout ice cream cake, so that’s something for next time. Other puddings included pecan pie with bourbon ice cream, apple blackcurrant sundae or key lime pie. These all sounded yummy.
Caramel Pretzel Cheesecake
The drinks list is quite comprehensive featuring cocktails, wines and champagne. We tried some non-alcoholic sodas, which were very good. Draft beer includes Brooklyn Lager, and bottled beer includes Partizan Pale Ale. Guest coffees change regularly so ask what they are serving if you are a coffee connoisseur.
Hubbard and Bell Interiors
You’ll find the restaurant located on the ground floor of the Hoxton Hotel in Holborn. When you come in through the entrance, it’s on your right towards the back of the lobby and seating area. The hotel lobby is very buzzy and always packed with people tapping away on their laptops. I always book a table because you can’t be guaranteed to get a seat.
The restaurant space has booth seating on two walls which sit about four people each. There are a few stools at the bar counter, and the remainder of the seating is three long tables in the centre for ten people each. These communal tables aren’t ideal because you have people sitting very close next to you. However, once you get into a conversation with your dining companion opposite you soon phase out your neighbours. The interiors have a Brooklyn come New York feels with whitewashed brick walls, distressed wooden painted floor and industrial style lighting.
Hubbard and Bell Information
Price: Breakfast £5-15, starters £7-10, mains £12-27, sides £4-7 and desserts £6-7
Website: Hubbard and Bell
Address: 199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
Near: Holborn and Covent Garden
Open: Check the website for current opening times
Décor: Brooklyn grill house
Seating: Space for around 70 people in the restaurant space and beyond in the hotel seating area
Toilets: Towards the back of the restaurant space
Reservations: Yes, advisable during peak times
Service Charge: Yes
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London (food pictures) and Soho House (exterior and interior photos). Thanks: Homeboy for joining me for breakfast and Alan for lunch.