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Crusting Pipe

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62 Reviews

About Crusting Pipe

Crusting Pipe in Covent Garden is situated in a vaulted gallery and courtyard in the piazza of Covent Garden Market, close to the Royal Opera House. It’s the perfect place to enjoy an a la carte meal and a glass of fine wine before the show. That said, this prime location offers easy access to any number of London’s west end theatres, so why not book a 2- or 3-course pre-theatre meal during the week. You can even take in live classical music and opera on site, seven days a week. Early booking is advised at Crusting Pipe Wine Bar in Covent Garden.

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm


Crusting Pipe
27 The Market Covent Garden, Covent Garden
London WC2E 8RD

Menu Highlights



Plate of smoked salmon, smoked salmon pâté, watercress, potato and horseradish salad


Parma ham with melon, burrata mozzarella and fig dressing gf.


Cornish crab salad with ciabatta toasts, lime and chilli



Grilled chicken breast with smoked peppers, rocket and lemon thyme dressing gf.


Crispy duck confit, seasonal greens, warm bacon dressing


Steak and kidney pie with seasonal vegetables and onion gravy



Treacle tart with clotted cream v


Coconut milk pudding with shortbread, passion fruit and mango v


Chocolate hazelnut brownie, hot chocolate fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream (v

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Main Menu

Lunch Menu Spring


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Wine List Spring


Breakfast & Afternoon Tea


More about Crusting Pipe, London

Crusting Pipe is a wine bar that occupies a prime position for London’s lovers of music, theatre, and opera looking for some pre-theatre dining or an after show tipple. Crusting Pipe’s interior is all vaulted brick ceilings and rustic charm, crowded with curios but with plenty of elbow space in various nooks and crannies for an intimate rendezvous. Alternatively, soak up the charm of old Covent Garden Market, seated outdoors in the airy covered courtyard. This piazza is a beautiful spot to soak up live entertainment – both Covent Garden’s famed buskers and Crusting Pipe’s own selection of live chamber music and song – as well as delicious food and wine from Davy’s inimitable cellar selection.

A major drawcard at Crusting Pipe Wine Bar is the selection of aged steaks supplied exclusively by award-winning butcher Donald Russell, whose commitment to traditional techniques has earned him a Royal Warrant. Aged rump, fillet steaks, rib steak on the bone, and a grilled double Romney sale marsh lamb chop vie for your attention. Davy’s Classics offer another extensive list of must-try dishes, from the down-home Davy’s bangers and mash made a little luxurious with Madeira gravy, to their wild mushroom and courgette risotto with walnut pesto and handmade Harbourne blue goats’ cheese from Devonshire – all refreshing, renaissance takes on classic British cuisines right here at Crusting Pipe in London’s Covent Garden.

62 Crusting Pipe Reviews

62 Reviews
Value for money:Good value
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Very good
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Jackie P.6 days ago · 2 reviews

Enjoyed a lovely meal in pleasant surroundings whilst listening to the opera singer in the square, Very attentive staff who were very professional and prompt at a busy time of the day.

bebe b.a month ago · 1 review

All good as usual. We were held up with traffic but we had our dinner served quickly and in plenty of time for the theatre. Staff always very pleasant.

Maxwell M.2 months ago · 1 review

I had pre-booked and requested a round table, if possible, as there were six of us who hadn't met up for over five years and had a lot of catching up to do. Very pleasantly surprised with both our round table and our secluded alcove. Lovely Sunday Roasts, Cheese and Biscuits and Wine and very well looked after by our knowledgeable and friendly waitress for the afternoon, Shirley. Would definitely go back to this particular branch of the Davy's chain especially as it is open on a Sunday whereas my regular haunt (Champagne Charlie's) isn't. Very many thanks for help making our Sunday get-together such a memorable occasion.

Rachel W.2 months ago · 1 review

Delicious afternoon tea, very friendly service, comfortable atmosphere inside the restaurant. My friends and I would highly recommend Crusting Pipe for anyone searching for a place to enjoy afternoon tea!

LINDA G.a year ago · 1 review

We had a great evening at Crusting Pipe with our friends from Pisa. We even had a private room! The food was delicious and beautifully presented although we were disappointed that the traditional Sunday roast was finished. The service and ambiance was excellent and a festive atmosphere in the courtyard with live music

Alan H.3 years ago · 1 review

We have used the Crusting Pipe several times with friends. The atmosphere is always cheerful and friendly, food from the varied menu has always been good and service has also been good. All the friends we have taken there have enjoyed the experience. We will be back.

elaine b.7 months ago · 1 review

What an amazing place. On arrival our table was laid up and ready to seat 9 ladies in one of the brick alcoves. Brillant place for us as we were all excitable. Our waiter was quick and efficient, and nothing was too much trouble. We were limited for time and a little worried that we would not be serviced our main course in time but everything came very quickly and was absolutely fantastic. The food was very tasty and great presentation. Fabulous place and food, defo recommended.

Lesley C.3 years ago · 1 review

I have visited the Crusting Pipe many times over the last 25 years and returned yet again Excellent service, friendly staff, ambiance nice, good food. A slight hiccup with food, which the Duty Manager dealt with appropriately .I would recommend to others

david c.3 years ago · 1 review

What a great place. I took my girlfriend and son there recently to celebrate my OU graduation. I had the prawn toast delish! And the ham platter. girlfriend had the confi duck, melt in the mouth! And my son had the steak and kidney pie, best he'd ever tasted. If you like well cooked imaginative British food and excellent wine this is the place to go. atmosphere made even better by the antics of the classical buskers in the courtyard outside.

(deleted) X.3 years ago · 9 reviews

This is an intriguing building with plenty of nooks and crannies in which to sit. There is also an outside (under the old market roof) used mainly as a bar and café where live performers change every half hour. Hence if you want a quiet meal sit inside away from the music! A reasonable selection of dishes and wines but tuned for quick meals and turning the tables over. We would have spent more but felt we were rushed into finishing so we left. Food was okay but nothing to write home about. Service was friendly but rushed and when busy it could be difficult to get anyone's attention.

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