| Westminster, Strand, Victoria

In an area of town more usually associated with after-office binge drinkers and faux American burger joints, the arrival of a new, cheerful Bistro offering great comfort food to the weary masses can only be a good thing.

Restaurant details

5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW
Nearest tube: 
  • Charing Cross
Nearest station: Charing Cross
Telephone number: 0207 036 0660
More info: 
  • Bar area
  • Wheelchair access
• Winner Independent Best Restaurant 2009


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5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW


Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 6
Chris Pople Cheese & Biscuits
Reviewed on April 14, 2010
"The dishes, though well-cooked and using good ingredients, were clumsily constructed and often unforgivably imbalanced, making the eating of them more of a challenge than a pleasure." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Michelle Court View London
Reviewed on October 29, 2009
"Plates are all simply and honestly presented, with nothing too fancy getting in the way of enjoying the food." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on August 30, 2009
"It just happens to be a great restaurant, one which serves duck scratchings." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
AA Gill Sunday TImes
Reviewed on June 14, 2009
"The food is mostly well-sourced compilations, but it should trust itself to be a bistro, and drop the snack attack concept." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Jasper Gerard Telegraph
Reviewed on June 05, 2009
"The wonderfully weighted menu of chef and co-owner Ed Wilson lets you nibble or gnaw, snack or stuff." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9.5
Matthew Norman Guardian
Reviewed on April 25, 2009
"...despite its English cook and English wine merchant ownership, has the simplicity, honesty and gift for producing whacking great flavours at affordable prices of the truly authentic, first-class French bistro." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on February 24, 2009
"Plates licked clean, the lanky manager looms over us. 'You enjoyed your meal,' he states smugly. 'Worth waiting for, huh?' And off he swans, leaving us to gibber at his condescension." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on February 21, 2009
"It really is the kind of place you find yourself wanting to tell other people about: that rarest of rare beasts, an atmospheric little place serving great food and wine at terrifically reasonable prices." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed on February 15, 2009
"The food is great, pure and simple. The wine is great, pure and natural." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Mark Bolland ES Magazine Estimated score
Reviewed by January 12, 2009
"…if you still hanker after a genuine and affordable taste of France, take a trip to Terroirs. If you’ll excuse the pun, it’s di-vine." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Jenni Muir Time Out
Reviewed on January 01, 2009
"The food was sensational, and just what you want in a noisy, informal place such as this." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed on December 15, 2008
"This is not in our view any sort of destination for a blow out. We’d suggest it more for a savoury dish – perhaps an exemplary boudin noir with fried eggs, or a generous duck pie with flaky pastry – and a glass, or carafe, of vino." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on November 19, 2008
"Terroirs, with the sort of pictures, posters and chansons that spring to mind when the phrase French bistro is uttered, is a loud, joyful place where the enjoyment of wine is considered utterly natural." READ REVIEW