Belgo Centraal, 50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London – April 2011

Located in touristville London this once quirky restaurant/pub combo is a sad reflection of it’s former good self. The industrial decor is still unusual however the feeling is now of a school canteen rather than sitting in a darkened celler in some monestery in Belgium.

We nipped in for the express lunch of a beer and a meal for £7.95. For that price we received a small bowl of moules with the most watery of sauces. The small portion of fatty beef stew came with what appeared to be your average frozen chips. Both came with a 1/3 pint of cristal beer (which was pleasant and cooling on the warm day).

Having raved about Belgo for years, I tried to save it’s reputation by ordering some beers  Barbar Honey 8% at £4.95 a bottle and Satans Gold 8% at £5.50 a bottle.  Followed by a 4 stick of schnapps for birthday boy (vanilla, melon, cherry and hazlenut).  These saved the day a little, but not much.

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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1 Comment

  1. Elsie

    The mussels are so good at Belgo’s — with the express lunch (that’s when we enjoyed our meals)! Thanks for the post!

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