Try eating it on the pavement - you shame them into dropping such a ridiculous charge. I’m not at all sure that’s a legal charge unless they state take out options!!
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82 Wilton Road, Victoria, London SW1V 1DL
- Victoria (0.5 km)
- Pimlico Station (0.6 km)
- Victoria Railway Station (0.5 km)
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020 7821 7504
9 reviews of About Thyme in English
I stumbled on About Thyme with a couple of mates whilst on a mini pub crawl through Victoria - so please take into account that this review is based on a happy and tipsy experience!
Great atmosphere both upstairs and downstairs.
The menu was varied and caused lots of selection issues - but the good kind. The kind where you want this, and this, and that, but also this. I plumped for quails eggs and black pudding, which was great. And exceptionally generous in size, with four of each. Most restaurants would have stopped at two. For mains I had duck breast which again, was very generous and served as a two large chunks, rather than small slices, as seems to be the norm. Very well cooked and damn tasty.
Overall, the meal was great and the atmosphere and service matched. The bill was a tad on the high side, with a 'per person' fee and a premium of a couple of quid per dish on the mains.
In summary, I had a great time and will be going back sober to see if it's consistent!
Reading below about the cover charge is disappointing (I didn't have to pay the bill so that tidbit escaped me!) but the food really is spectacular. I was surprised at the general heartiness of the meals in the height of summer though. Lots of stews and the like, so I was sweating my buns off in the oven-like upstairs environs!
The wine that we had - a shiraz from Australia, I think - was incredible. All our meals were exquisite and our dessert - the creme brulee - had been fired to perfection and was quite the hit!
The service was fantastic and the atmosphere warm (literally as well!), though we were quite lucky as my contingent left just as a rowdy group of around 20 arrived!
Overall, a darling (if not slightly expensive at around £15 a main) restaurant nestled in the heart of one of Victoria's lovely streets.
Ok, so the punny name is a bit unfortunate, but this is a really nice little restaurant tucked away in the Victoria/Pimlico hinterland.
I met a couple of mates here on a Friday afternoon for a long lunch and a coupe of bottles of wine and was really impressed by the food and the service.
I should say that it wasn’t my turn to pay (we take it in turn each month) so I can’t comment on any 'liitle extras’ that may have been added on to bill, but at first glance the two course set menu actually looked pretty reasonable.
I actually had a hard time what to eat as everything sounded and looked pretty good, and the waiter did a good job reccomending various dishes and wines to us.
In the end I went for chicken liver parfait to start and the Tuna Steak with Nicoise Salad for my main, and it was all delicious. Was sorry to have to drag myself back to the office at the end of it all.
Definitely one to hunt out if you’re ever near Victoria station.
What a fantastic place! Great food and great service and the wine list was the perfect length for choice without being bewildering.
I had a lovely romantic dinner here - but you can hire upstairs for parties (which is much bigger) as well.
Not cheap, but then you’re paying for fantastic quality.
The only thing that annoys me is they add service charge to your bill and make you pay £1.50 cover charge per person - whats that about?? If I want to tip I’ll do it in cash thanks…
Like the previous reviewer has said, only a few minutes’ walk from Victoria station, this is a good local restaurant/bistro, but not probably one you’d go miles out of your way to visit.
The (somewhat tactile) staff are predominantly Spanish speaking and this shows in parts of the menu, e.g. Spanish almond tart (I’ve taken a photo and uploaded it above somewhere), and it changes regularly. The place is full of candles and with the fairly dim lighting, it creates quite an intimate atmosphere.
Food is interesting and whenever I’ve eaten there, well cooked. (They often have seared fois gras with fried egg and sweet wine as an accompaniment, which is heavenly - try it). Like the previous reviewer said, the 'additions’ to the bill are annoying - like the 'eat in’ charge - maybe I could have it on the pavement next time and save a fiver?!
Overall, a good local restaurant, and I think better than the alternatives nearby, such as Uno and Kazan. If you’re in the area, give it a try.
A small restaurant on the Wilton Road, a few minutes' walk from Victoria, specialising in Modern British/Modern European cuisine.
The plus points are the friendly staff, and the warm and cosy atmosphere - it has a clean, modern decor, with lots of beiges and browns, but also with lots of candles on the night we went.
The menu offers a good choice of generally inventive dishes, though occasionally a little fussy for my taste: as an example, good fresh salmon needs only the simplest of accompaniments (dill dressing), but their version comes thus: 'Tequila and beetroot cured gravadlax served with pickled cucumber and sweet mustard and dill sauce'. A blessing is that it's only £5.95.
Fortunately, other combinations are a little more restrained, especially on their set menus, and their meat dishes for mains certainly satisfied my fellow diners. The vegetarian dishes are a cut above the average too. Add in a good wine menu, and you can have a very good meal if you choose carefully.
The set lunch is £15.50 for three courses, £12.50 for two. Expect dinner for two a la carte, with wine, to cost about £40-£50 a head.
The downers were that the service was rather slow - a tad unfortunate, given the restaurant's name - and the additions to the bill (covers, an 'eat-in charge' and 12.5% service).
Overall, we had a nice enough meal, but I felt it was a bit pricey for what we had, especially when you have competition like Kazan across the road. Better organised service, a simpler menu and straightforward bill would make a real difference.
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