If you like things simple and down to earth then try this place. You'll have to find it first though, and without a sign that can be tricky, but once you've been you will want to go back. Don't forget to book ahead, it may be hard to spot but people talk and it is already a little gem.
From the same team that brought us St John and the Anchor & Hope, Great Queen Street has a quirky, unpretentious atmosphere where the focus is clearly on serving good food with great wine.
The pub-style room, done up in classic gastropub burgundy, is always buzzing with conversation and laughter, though the tightly spaced tables can be a slight irritant.
The menu changes every day and you can check it out in the window if you are drifting past. The food is seasonal and British with a clever twist. I tucked into a starter of snail and bacon salad followed by lemon sole. Traditional puddings make for a tasty and indulgent finish; I recommend the almond cake.
On top of all of this the wine list is unusual and someone has spent considerable time selecting it. Friendly and helpful staff will happily guide you through. The wine is then presented in a tumbler, which may not be to everyone's taste, but seems to fit the decor of the place perfectly.
Where: 32 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA
Contact: T 020 7242 0622
How much: Around £20 a head