The tradition of French cooking in the heart of London is long and storied, and whether your tastes are for the classy establishments of the West End or the many local brasseries, you can always count on finding something that you’ll like. Denise’s on Southampton Row is one of the best French restaurants in Holborn, and their longevity – they’re among the oldest established brasseries in central London – is one of the best recommendations we can give. Reservations – especially during peak hours – are highly recommended for this superb French restaurant in the heart of the city.
In Holborn, Denise’s is flying the flag for traditional French with a central London twist. Stylish yet rustic with its exposed brick walls, this eatery feels like a classic brasserie pulled straight from the streets of Paris. Located down Southampton Row, just in between Bloomsbury Square and Russell Square and only a stone’s throw from the British Museum, Contemporary Ceramics Centre and numerous art galleries and cultural attractions, this restaurant is an absolute must-visit for gourmands and francophiles alike.
Begin your meal at Denise’s with a classic French starter: French onion soup, escargots, frog legs, salade Nicoise, duck liver pate and chevre chaud are all there. Follow these up with a Gascon speciality – Gascony being the culinary heartland of France – and there are plenty of options from that part of the world, such as Veal a la Toulousaine and chicken Gascon, as well as other French favourites like moules mariniere and steak frites. Book a table and head to Russell Square tube station to be transported to France at this Denise’s in London’s Holborn.
A good welcome was provided and we were led to our table. Menus (rather tatty card board ) were provided. Ordered. Waiter returned with our bottle of wine saying he thought it felt too warm, it was, we chose something else, tasted very poor and unhestitantlky changed for a different choice. So, a bad situation handled well by a good waiter. Food came along and all very good, particularly the calves' liver. No room for dessert, just had coffee. All very pleasant.
What a wonderful place to eat, wonderful food, atmosphere, service, great value for money, the speciality dishes are definitely a must! If i'm ever in the area again I would happily revisit.
Excellent delicious meal as usual and good service. Good location as 91 bus stop is a short walk away as is Russell Square tube station.