Henry's Café Bar
Covent Garden, London
5-6 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8PS
- Covent Garden Tube Station (0.2 km)
- Charing Cross Tube Station (0.3 km)
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- Opening hours:
Mon - Thu: 10:00 - 23:00
Fri: 10:00 - 0:00
Sat: 9:00 - 0:00
Sun: 9:00 - 22:30
222 South Ealing Road, London W5 4RL
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12 reviews of Henry's Café Bar in English
Went here for a pre-theatre dinner and was blown away by how stunning the bar is inside – it’s all high ceilings, grand staircases and chandeliers. Dinner was delicious and really good value for money, and the service was spot on. I was so impressed with Henry’s Covent Garden, I’m going to convince my boss to book our works Christmas Party here!
Good cocktails, with bartenders twirling glasses and bottles left right and centre. The atmosphere is great here, though being located on a corner of the main Covent Garden it does get very busy and so it takes a while to get served thanks to the limited bar staff and everyone ordering cocktails which do take time to make.
I've never tried the food here as the price of the cocktails is enough to know the food will be expensive too but maybe one day if I'm feeling adventurous. If that day comes I'll let you know, but for now I'll stick to the occasional drink... occasionally.
This place is a wonderful place to eat. Every time I have been in here I have enjoyed it. The atmosphere is lovely with the music and people laughing and having a good time. The food is simply amazing with steaks served to perfection, fresh pastas and soups that are delicately seasoned and then the cocktails... oh the cocktails where do I begin. The banana daiquiri is to die for.
Quite expensive I must admit but worth it!
Having lived in London for five years before moving to the North, you would have thought I would have been able to spot a tourist trap like Henry's from a mile off. However, when I was in London a few months back with friends, we ended up in Covent Garden with rumbling bellies and somehow decided to pop into Henry's for a bite to eat.
Christ I wish we hadn't. Whilst I was aware that it was a busy Saturday night in Central London, and therefore the place was quite busy, it took us a ridiculously long time to be served our food - or even for someone to come and take a drinks order from us. When we received our meals, they were cold from taking so long to arrive. My steak was tough and under seasoned, and the bearnaise sauce which accompanied it was gloopy and practically curdled. Thank goodness the wine came in huge goblets - this was the only thing which managed to carry me through a thoroughly insipid, bland and overpriced meal.
Whilst I'm sure that Henry's is a great place for a quick drink prior to a big night out, avoid eating here at all costs. Well, unless you like slow service and appalling food. There are many excellent places to dine in Covent Garden, and this really isn't one of them.
A friend and I popped into Henry's to grab some lunch on a busy Saturday. The restaurant was packed full of people so we expected something of a wait.
What we didn't expect was a snooty greeter who looked down his nose at us and barely gave any eye contact. We went downstairs to wait for 25 minutes, but after 35 minutes we gave up and headed to (the much friendlier) TGI Fridays.
Also, we sat fairly near the kitchens, so we got to witness the same greeter come in and scream at the kitchen staff. Classy.
Despite Covent Garden being a regular haunt of mine for 3 years, I hadn't been to Henry's before. Perhaps the white doors seemed too imposing, or perhaps weren't noticed. I do not know. Recently, again thanks to the TasteLondon card, I decided to have dinner there. For 50% off the food bill ;)
Service could, in one instance, afford to be less abrupt, but all other instances were absolutely lovely and efficient. We were in a hurry, and our waitress took our dessert order along with our meal and made sure to ask for it at the right time, so we got it shortly after we finished our dinner.
We both had Steak & Chips, and YUM!! I'd much rather have steak here than at Cafe Rouge or Sophie's Steakhouse!! Why? They can cook their meat! And they got a good cut or something. Anyway, for £9.50, that was a good steak & chips. Now if they ditched the big chunky chips for thin yummy frites, it would be the perfect meal!
As dessert I dived into the chocolate fondue. A little pot of melted chocolate with pieces of strawberry, banana, brownie and waffle to dunk into the melted chocolate. With a 2 for 1 on the desserts (a Henry's dinner special, available to all!!), my friend indulged as well and had a Sticky Toffee Pudding that had her moaning at every spoonful. Odd from what isn't much more than a restaurantified pub!!
Having had a rough Monday (or a rough several months, rather) we decided to indulge, and had a bloody mary each while waiting for our food. With happy hour making them be £5 each, those bloody marys were exquisite. A bit watery for my taste (and full of ice, so not for those with sensitive teeth) it was one of the best bloody mary's I've had. Must admit I like them thicker though, so if they'd used those same spices with a bit less ice and V8 instead of tomato juice, I'd have been in heaven!!
Overall, a lovely dining experience with truly good food (a surprise for us both as the items on the menu are things you'd find in most pubs), great drinks, and desserts to moan for.
The decor is beautiful too. Though painted white and perhaps not used to their full potential, stunning Art Nouveau mirrors adorn the back of the building where the dining room is. Definitely worth dropping by for a drink after work, or a nice dinner.
Weird thing, air conditioning. Having walked from Oxford Circus to here in 30 degrees, I was relieved to see the aircon sign. However, within 5 minutes I was moaning about lack of atmosphere.
With cavernous open bars, friendly staff and cool cool aircon, this place would be a godsend if I was on holiday with the family and had spent a scorching day traipsing around museums.
As it was, for a drink after work with mates we should have known better. No atmosphere, no real beer ( that I could see) and not hot and sweaty enough.
Clearly you have to be in the right mood and mindset!
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Henry’s seems to be fairly popular. It’s quite a basic looking place, no frills sort of vibe- just off the Covent Garden piazza. It’s a very large venue with three different parts: a bar at the front which you walk through to get to the restaurant area at the back or downstairs to the café. They serve drinks and food quite quickly, so there is a fast turnaround. This place isn’t anything to boast about, but it’s an alright place if you’re in the area and fancy a quick bevvy. One good thing about it is that they keep the tunes low, so you can actually have a good chat without having to yell over the noise like in many places these days.
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