The Ape and Bird
142 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8HJ
Latest critic review: April 28, 2014
Critics' score: 5.5 out of 10

The man behind Polpo and his partner Richard Beatty have taken over the site of the old Marquis of Granby on Seven Dials to launch "a proper Victorian purpose-built boozer that we could stamp our mark on". The Ape & Bird features bars over three floors, take reservations for lunch and dinner while also holding some tables for walk-ins. Expect a frequently changing menu will also respond to what's available from the market.

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Matthew Norman Telegraph
Reviewed on April 28, 2014
"Nothing was bad, and a few things were better than average. Yet it is never a good sign when the puddings are far and away the best dishes." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 5
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on January 05, 2014
"Altogether, this was a disappointing lunch. If all parts had been made even competently, it would have been lovely. As it is, it tastes like the last bun to hop on a long and very overcrowded bandwagon without knowing where they’re going to end up." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 3
Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed by December 29, 2013
"This is a "pie and a pint" and "bloody Mary and a burger" place for people who don't want to stand up, get jostled or have the Premiership blaring at them. People like, well, me who have lately suffered from gastropub-enter-itis. It should go a long way towards restoring our overseas visitors' faith in pubs, too." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7.5
Tania Ballantine Time Out
Reviewed on December 12, 2013
"Factor in cheap, flimsy cutlery and nothing-special service, and Ape & Bird appears to be just another hit-and-miss food pub, but with bigger price tags. There are, however, a handful of craft beers, and well-chosen wines. So take my advice, and go for drinks, giving the cooking a swerve." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 4
Joe Warwick Metro
Reviewed on December 05, 2013
"Leeks turn up unexpectedly in a decent dish of cauliflower cheese, while another side of charred beats smothered in an excellent kale and walnut pesto feels fantastically fresh and healthy. But the ambitious pricing of both... needs adjusting." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on December 04, 2013
"The Ape & Bird comes self-styled as “a pub for people who don’t much like pubs” and I endorse that... In a part of London you might before have hurried away from, it is a refuge." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6

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Address142 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8HJ
Telephone number 020 7836 3119
Telephone numberAverage price: Moderate
trainLeicester Sqaure/ Covent Garden
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area

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