The Cow

4.7
143 reviews
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"Eat heartily & give the House a good name" is the sound ethos of this thoroughly British pub, specialising in oysters, guinness and seasonal food. Seafood figures strongly. A seafood platter for two includes Fines de Claire & Irish rock oysters, whole dorset crab, prawns, clams, whelks and winkles. Other favourites are the Cow fish stew, homemade crab tagliolini. Alternatively, try daily specials such as lamb's kidney's, black pudding and mustard sauce, or slow roasted belly of old spot pork with wild mushrooms. Drinks include real ales on tap and a carefully crafted wine list.
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MC
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to taste their lemon tart!!! Succulent.
Very nice food, in a bistro ambiance.
Quite caring service

GD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food served by first class waiting staff in a very pleasant airy first floor dining room above a traditional (and very good) London pub. All dishes were good but worthy of a special mention is the Cow fish stew. I will go again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood and salad fresh and tasty. Very good value for money

RM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places, never disappoints. Recommended!

GT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

very good pub food and impressed by barman Pedro who put the Timothy Taylor beer back on and it was excellent

A
London
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I can’t fault The Cow, the service was impeccable, the food was INCREDIBLE! I will definitely be back again. We were the only people in the restaurant, but that was quite nice and it was a sunny day so most people were enjoying the weather.

GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you have nothing else order a pint of prawns They are to die for!

LL
London
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely time. We had a nice little table upstairs in front of the window. The food was nice and so the service. Definitely recommended.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s great so don’t go there as I might not be able to get a table next time :) the chicken Kiev is the best accompanied by a pint of quality Guinness. Enjoy.

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was not good at the restaurant

PH
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love this place. It is perfect for dining with a small group of friends or just for inviting your girlfriend.
We had the visit of the chef at our table, and in general service is really perfect. Seafood was very good

d
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

No one in the place on a Monday night so little atmosphere and too much loud music and shouting from downstairs. Welcome very unfriendly

SV
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service by waitstaff that seem to be happy to work there. Very helpful in describing the dishes. As its predominately a seafood menu it isn't going to be cheap. The half/pint of prawns is great albeit it fiddly to eat. I had the Sunday roast which was perfectly cooked.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as expected

AC
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favourite food pub in London.

A
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner with my husband and as they were out of one type of oysters we ordered they gave us two extras of the ones they did have! Always a great place that gives you two extra oysters..! Thanks The Cow from the Cowells xxx

IM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic night had by all, food and service was top notch, old fashioned pub that needs no gimmicks , loved it.

ND
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I have had in London for a long time. Very good service and very good value. Quite a loud room.

J
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fish Stew was the outstanding entree among several excellent offerings. This small cozy dining room above a boisterous neighborhood pub was a lucky find.

m
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The GM was a lovely man, he added to our special evening. Thank you. Loved our meals, ambience was great. Recommended by another US friend, well worth going to!

CC
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 1

Group of very drunk/high men in restaurant that the staff could not control. Should have moved them to bar after they had finished eating. Instead the staff admitted they thought it was easier and non confrontational to leave them alone - not good for the other diners. Shame as food was excellent but impossible to have a conversation across the table

LM
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Old fashioned in a good way and with a local neighbourhood feel
Too many such pubs are disappearing ie di burgers so let’s support The Cow

SN
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic food and the staff were superb, great buzz in the pub downstairs before and after

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice, friendly atmosphere. Perfect pasta. Lovely choice of English cheese. Good wine list.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!! The best Sunday roast We ever ate!! Excelente ambience and staff.

M
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great staff. Quirky decor. Loved it all.

JT
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great venue and well cooked food. Saw a couple of the seafood 'spectaculars' being delivered to other tables and these really were impressive. Not cheap but great service.

K
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous local gastro pub.. sublime oysters & wine list... Chicken Kiev also highly recommended

h
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

今回2度目の訪問です。基本はシーフードで、どれを取ってもおいしい。非常にオリジナリティがあって味も見た目も楽しめます。1階はパブなので飲むだけ、2階にダイニングスペース。唯一の問題は1階のにぎやかな声(にぎやかを超えてうるさいくらい)が2階のダイニングスペースで聞こえてくるので静かに話ができる雰囲気ではない。前回訪問時はそこまでうるさいと思わなかったのですが、今回はかなりうるさかった。それ以外は食事もワインも非常にレベルが高く非常に満足いく食事となりました。

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AC
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great food. Great staff and service. Perfect for casual dinner or a celebration. Fish lovers paradise. Fish strew is their trademark. Good steak too, and meat pie. Best chicken Kiev in London.

T
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Knowing the reputation of “The Cow” there is very little I can add except to say it lived up to it!

My Cracked Crab first course was plentiful, well garnished and proficiently served.

Is there much that hasn’t been said about the Roast Beef here? Simply excellent and full of flavor.

If I have a grumble its that the cheeseboard is somewhat mean, just half a dozen biscuits and only one cheese from a choice of three was a disappointment.

On the whole though a delicious traditional British Sunday lunch.

Even the Yorkshire puddings were up to scratch, considering that they were made “down south!”

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our evening and the Cow Fish Stew was truly delectable

p
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Good food as always but the evening was partly spoiled by the cancelling of our restuarant reservation due to over booking on their part. We were offered and given a table in the bar area (which is fun) but no apology and no recognition that this arrangement wasn’t suitable on this particular evening.
A simple phone call prior to our arrival, explaining the over booking problem would have been appreciated.

E
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate upstairs in the fine-dining room. Great food. The best muscles I’ve ever had - and cooked in cider not wine. Very friendly staff. Their own lager is fantastic.

NB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as usual! I levevthe pub and in this occasion together with football and interesting match a must to go!

DM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They know what they’re with fish: Really nice mussels & salmon, perfectly cooked & unfussy.

AC
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite pub in London. Great food, lovely staff and house wine more than decent. Screening the World Cup downstairs.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good meal and especially great value for money!
Every dish was really good and with fresh produces. A real discovery
Only the Sole (fish of the day) was drowning in oil and it would have been way better with just a splash and not the whole pan it was cooked in emptied in the plate.
Other than that, everything was spot on and the fish stew is not to be missed

BV
London
28 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Should definitely use this venue more.

GA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not great. Surly service cramped dining room very loud and self consciously trendy.
Service particularly bad and not the first time. I usually spend a fair amount in here have the champagne and oysters but after three lacklustre visits in the past year since the refurb we won’t be going back. It’s a shame I used to like it but staff should be doing something that they like not working in hospitality. As a famous German once said “ just because we serve you does not mean we like you” if they want to make it great again get some great staff and put the wall back up so you don’t have to listen to the raucous bar downstairs.

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