Food and drink
The core menu offers some bravely familiar dishes – steak sandwiches, shepherds pie, caesar salad, spaghetti with tomato sauce – that are several cuts above the norm and chicly presented. Ingredients come from first-rate suppliers and the sausages (from the organic Rhug estate in Wales) are particularly good. I reckon Tom’s blueberry pancakes are London’s best and was wowed by the lemon steamed pudding (steamed puds are best cooked and eaten at home, rather than in a restaurant). The bar turns out a heady, spice-packed bloody mary too, but the hot chocolate needs improvement.
Relaxed, with a genteel vibe from the arched windows, cornices and high-backed Chesterfield-inspired booths. Arty tourists and gallery visitors make up most of the custom but expect upmarket skaters when the ice rink is open in winter.
Friendly but unhurried and occasionally missing important details.
On the river side of imposing Somerset House, just south of Covent Garden.
Main courses are £13-£26.50, and desserts £7.50 on the lunch and dinner menu. The macaroni cheese is £14, yes, but I’ve never had better. Small breakfast items start at an approachable £3, and the full English is £12.50.
Within Somerset House you’ll also find Tom’s Deli, which serves snacky food such as sandwiches, quiches, salads and smoothies. A temporary bar also runs on the terrace in summer, and a café by the skating rink in winter. The original Tom’s Kitchen is beloved of the well-heeled Chelsea Green locals, and Tom Aikens’ haute cuisine restaurant is just around the corner from it – see website for details.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
- Chilling out