My first time at the wonderful Bill's. I've heard many good things about their breakfast, but we went for dinner and it didn't disappoint.
The decor is an eclectic hosh posh of candlesticks and tissue wrapping paper, metal ladders and jars of goodies lining the walls. Service was friendly, but a bit slow.
It's got food for friends down to a tee. The menu has all the basics - burgers, risotto, fish and chips, but with nice little twists, like the hummus and halloumi burger I had. Desserts were lovely, not mind blowing, but you can't really go wrong with mini cinnamon doughnuts!
Another catch-up girly dinner, another crowd-pleasing visit to Bill's!
It was my first visit to this branch and I fell smack bang in love with the triple-storey floor to ceiling bookshelves (albeit most were filled with carefully-stacked food tins rather than books - but anyone else who saw Beauty & The Beast and has craved Belle's library ever since will know what I mean!).
I was with one of my fussier-eating friends but there's something for everyone on the menu here. My chorizo & hummous burger from the specials was something different and a solid choice (though the chorizo kept trying to escape), and served on a cute chopping board with a mini bucket of shoestring skin-on fries mmm. Among the others, the grilled sea-bream with slaw also looked pretty good, though there wasn't as much fish in the fish finger sandwich as I'd have expected.
Service was a bit hit-and-miss sadly - generally took a while to get their attention. Our first server was fun, confident and seemed on the ball until she brought out the wrong bottle of wine. Not a big deal (though it didn't sound anything like the same one). We also made the mistake of saying we weren't in a rush to leave at the end when another waitress told us the card machine was being used on another table. She promptly forgot about us and disappeared, and we finally got someone else's attention after another 15mins.
Good-sized portions so we (unusually!) ran out of room for dessert. Still think some of the dishes are on the pricey side for what you get (like the side of sweet potato fries for £3.55?) but overall a solid choice for a group meal - esp if you're not sure how adventurous everyone is food-wise. Great shelves too ;)
Breakfast at Bill's they all cried.
Trust me, we were close to crying at the end. I ordered pancakes. Wife ordered Eggs Benedict
My pancakes were OK, nothing to shout about and remember, these are American-style pancakes. Even I can do a good pancake. The maple syrup on their was scrooge-like (by the end, I was sweeping pieces of pancake across my plate to suck up the drying remains of the maple syrup (which was of the worse quality, I have tasted good syrups - Maine, Vermont etc and bad ones - sugar syrup from McD. This was of the latter). At least I was lucky enough to get a brekkie.
The wife's eggs benedict when arrived was HARD-BOILED. You could hard-boil and egg and still be softer than how it arrived. Again, a poached egg. Its boiling water, chuck an egg in, turn water off and leave for three mins. You dont need to be Jamie Oliver. The hollandaise sauce that she got must have again, been rashioned or its one of those posh eats where less is more.
Drinks were expensive and after complaining, they did take the Eggs B off the bill but still came to over £15 (eeeek!!!)
The shop itself reminded me of what it would be like if Lush sold food. Overpriced boutique bottles of lemonade. And the decor was just trying to hard to be in with the cool kids who wants this sort of crap over a decent greasy caff.
in summary. AVOID AVOID AVOID!!!!!
Brought my friends from the states to here. There was nice interior decor where they lot candles which gave good feels. The service was excellent too. The food was superb. I got the duck pie which came with those coleslaw dish. The flavor was really good and it was really filling. Do not be deceived by the size, the little dish fills you up fast! Definelty recommend this place If you want a nice looking and affordable place to have a nice meal with your friends.
Wonderful atmosphere and some tasty grub too. I had the halloumi burger which was very tasty and comes with nice crunchy sweet potato chips.
I had to mark it down though due to the speed of service. While I was here in a meeting and understand the waitress may not have wanted to interrupt us it would have been nice for them to move the meal along without needing input from us.
I'm a fan of the chain, but this location left me feeling somewhat disappointed. I had booked in for a group of about 10 girlfriends for an afternoon tea. While our table was reserved, we had to wait to get to the table.
The main waiter for the table was not responsive, and we had to ask three times for table water. Besides that, the food was great. It's an awesome alternative to an afternoon tea for a lower price. They offer the champagne tea, but with a twist. I'd go to any of the chains for a quick cup of tea and a nice snack in the afternoon!
I think we bombarded them when our group of 20 came in! According to my friends I ordered all the best stuff. I orders the sausages before my entree and it was delightful. Really nice to share. For my entree to ordered the clams in a creamy white sauce. I'm a big fan of seafood so I really enjoyed it. The presentation was also good- it came in a cute little pot on a plate of wood.
The fancy drinks and floats there are also very enjoyable. Nice place for a date and is conveniently located in a nice small plaza.
The only thing that went wrong was that when our food came out it came in different orders and some of us took others plates on accident which created a huge confusion. This might be a useful tip I consider for waitresses or waiters: seat numbers really help !
Not bad Bill's. Not bad.
I came here with some friends for lunch and loved the views from upstairs! It was a chilled, relaxing lunch with lovely food.
My "lighter main" of marinated chicken skewers with tzatziki and cous cous was huuuge and really filling. So much so that I couldn't even contemplate dessert. My friend's food looked similarly lovely (and huge!)
This lets the place down for me...the lady that served us might have been in a grumpy mood (or maybe her 'resting' face was just naturally sour!?) She took such a long time to even allow us to order, then we thought she'd forgotten about our drinks because they took so long. When we checked if they were on the way, I felt like a naughty school girl. Don't cross your waitress here!!
I think I'd like to come back, and just hope for a different waitress. :)
Atomosphere,staff is so good.
I visited with my family and they liked here!!Of course food is good,too.
I think there are always good lovely staff in good restaurant.Good services are equal to good restaurant.
To be honest, I had high hopes for a good full English here, but it wasn't that flash. The decor, staff, etc were great. But the meal itself wasn't anything special after a big night out - eggs were perhaps a little overdone.
But again, couldn't fault the friendly staff. Might have just gotten them on a bad day.
So it probably was not the best idea to come here straight after all the free food samples we tried at a cupcake launch but even though we were quite full, it wasn't dinner and so off we went to Covent Garden. Yes. We're fatties. No, don't judge. I do this in the name of Yelp! and also i know what you're thinking ; cupcakes before dinner? Do you even know me? Desserts before dinner ALWAYS! I don't take the chance that I 'might' have space for dessert. That's a shit probability.
Bills is located in st martins courtyard and the area actually been done up and made lovely with most restaurants having an outside patio. If only it wasn't raining. Anyways got there around 7.30-8pm and there was a half hour wait but given that we'd eaten beforehand, it's okay. I wished they had a bar seating area. I was getting parched waiting.
Finally got sat down, under a MASSIVE three longed candlestick ( if you have a fear of fire and hair, move away now lol) ordered two bloody Mary's and a mezzo platter to share. The food, was standard. Sauces were nothing special, it's just a sharing board. But the lighting is pretty , if you're the fire sort of girl, which I am. :) ill be back for the cocktails - small selection but pretty cheap for London.
Getting the bill at bills (pahahaha) wasn't that smooth, ended up getting up and asking!
I love Bills! Great place for Brunch or dinner - I've been here a few times to catch up with friends and have always enjoyed it. It has a really warm and friendly environment (love that they have all of their products on the walls too!) When it's busy it can take a little while to get a seat but I've never waited any more than about 10-15 mins.
The food is also great value for money considering the quality. They also serve good portions of food. I'm a huge fan of their fish cakes! Staff are very friendly and know how to have a joke or two.
In all -a good place to be if you want some great food at a reasonable price!
Bills, oh Bills! What can I say - even uttering its very name leaves me salivating at the mouth. Although it's a chain (a small one mind), Bills is one of those rare finds that leaves you completely satisfied, yet craving more the second you've licked your plate clean. It's the crack of the brunch world.
Bills is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, but breakfast/brunch is by far the best time to dine. Portions are generous, prices are very reasonable and they don't seem to skimp on anything. The menu has everything from your traditional English fry-up to Eggs Benedict, french toast, fried bubble & Squeak and pastries galore! There's a wealth of choice and all of it looks too good to pass up. Each meal is a classy work of art ready for knife and fork demolition.
I've heard rave reviews about their full-English, but I can't ever seem to wrestle myself away from my favorite meal, the veggie breakfast (I'm not even Vegetarian!). Veggies listen up... this is not your usual fair of mushrooms and wilted tomato. Oh no! Bills Vegetarian feast is a mountain of creamy eggs, guacamole, hummus, perfectly sauteed mushrooms, fresh basil leaves and decadent chili sauce all piled high on freshly baked country toast. It's a kaleidoscope of color and flavor in every bite, and to this day, I can honestly say that I haven't had anything quite like it. For £1 more, you can add beans or bubble and squeak to any of the meals mentioned above. If you want to experience the breakfast of dreams, I highly recommend getting the B&S.
Bill's is definitely not your local greasy spoon. In the place of dirty lino flooring and wooden paneled walls you get rustic, French-country decor and a warm ambiance. Bills is homey, comfy and perfectly designed for a lazy Sunday with your (posh) mates.
I was on my own and arrived at around 8.30. I had to wait around 10 minutes for a table, which I wasn't expecting but they do provide a sofa for waiting diners so it wasn't a problem. However, while I was never made to feel hurried by the excellent staff once I was seated, the busyness of the place doesn't really encourage you to stay much after you've eaten.
I ordered the 'Bill's breakfast', which comes with a Cumberland sausage, two fried eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast. I also added the bubble and squeak, which added £1 to the £7.95 basic price for the breakfast and an Americano coffee at £1.95.
The quality of the food is excellent, although the sausage (while very good) was a tad small, with nothing on the menu suggesting you can add another one. However the bubble and squeak was fantastic. And while I'm no coffee expert, it was fine.
The breakfast with coffee added up to being a bit more than you'd expect to pay in a greasy spoon, for slightly less food. However the quality does compensate. My only grievance regarding price was the addition of an optional service charge. I have no criticism of the service I had at Bill's and was actually prepared to tip over the amount indicated for the charge, but ended up sticking to their total, making me feel a little awkward about not leaving a tip, as such. But that may just be a personal hang up.
Bill's offers a good value breakfast if you're looking for something a bit more upmarket than a greasy spoon without wanting to shell out on somewhere like The Wolesley. If only they'd drop the service charge.
Right, well, I think there are better places to go for breakfast, but in Covent Garden I think you'll be paying a lot more than this.
I visited Bill's in Brighton last weekend and the place was heaving, here there was no queue at 11:30am on a Saturday (peak brunch/breakfast hour) and we were sat immediately.
I agree with others that this place feels very chainy. I particularly find the fact that you can buy the teapots (chipped in exactly the same places) to take home if you want odd. It makes me think that everything here is fake 'used and worn': are the chairs bought looking like this or did they really come from a church hall? those shelves look like they've been there for years, but are they just distressed by the same people who attacked Byron in Islington? Do they need the aircon to be so visible, come to think of it, there's an awful lot of pipes along the ceiling. Is anything authentic? Am I in Disney World?
Otherwise, I got a decent breakfast for £7.50 (I had to pay an extra quid for beans, how mad is that? BEANS! They wouldn't even swap my eggs for beans, that's how precious their Heinz baked beans are to them).
Service was good and smiley. I'll probably be back when I'm in Covent Garden and want somewhere relatively inexpensive to eat, especially at lunchtime.
I really like the Bill's in Brighton, so it is somewhat reluctantly that I give this Bill's only 3 stars.
Things I love about Bill's in London:
-tasty, reasonably priced food
-diverse menu with plenty of choices for vegetarians, omnivores and carnivores alike
-friendly servers who allowed our large group of friends to completely take over the big table in the centre of the restaurant and set up shop for 3.5 hours.
Things I feel reservations about:
-It feels like it's becoming a chain. The interior is just TOO much like the Bill's in Brighton, and in this setting, it feels contrived for some reason. I wish there was something a bit more unique about the inside that distinguished it from the other Bill's.
-The location is sort of dreary. It's in a bit of a mall-like establishment just off Long Acre, squeezed between a Jamie's Italian and other chain establishments. This worries me.
Still, I have no complaints about the dinner we had at Bill's. It really didn't let me down, and it was a good spot to gather with a big crowd.
Meh. Nothing amazing. Nothing bad. Friendly but not good looking waiters. Pretty boring and c+ food. House rose perfectly quaffable.
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Yawnation. Come with people you want to hang out with because this place is not going to add anything to your evening.
I'm not really a fan of the Bill's in Brighton, although for some reason everyone else is. However the new London venue in Covent Garden is a lot better in my opinion.
It is a lot smaller so it feels like less of a drafty warehouse but it retains the gimmicky tins of produce like olive oil for all you Bill's fans. The food served is good and the location in a quiet corner of Covent Garden earns it an extra star. All in all a good place to start the day in the West End.
Is it a shop...is it a cafe?.....I am really still not very sure!
had brunch here on Sunday and thought it was ok but rather expensive for what it is. Girl and I shared the mezze and the prawn fishcakes had a drink each and boom there goes £30 after a tip.
the taste was good, the portions were small - the greeter (small irish man) was quite aggressive.
Not a bad visit but probably woudlnt bother to go back.
I enjoyed the chocolate brownie milkshake to drink which was smooth, rich but not too overwhelming and overall delicious and to eat the very tasty fish finger sandwich which I highly recommend!
As usual the service was friendly, cheerful and swift.
After each visit to Bill's, I always look forward to the next!
I love Bill's.
I went because it was cheap and had pretty good reviews on yelp, and I was pleasently surprised.
As soon as you step in, there's a wow factor from all the things on the wall. Olive oils, jams... So many yummy things to grab and take home!
We shared a mezze as a starters which was very very good, with freshly toasted bread: a great start.
I had one of the specials: pancetta-wraped chicken which was delicious and perfectly cooked!
My boyfriend had a burger which was incredible.
Good atmosphere, friendly staff, good pricees and nice quality ! I will def go back !
Definitely a hidden gem. When I say hidden, I do not kid! It took my friend & I about 15 mins to find this place!!!
Bill's is a cute homey restaurant decorated with their products so you can shop while you ate. And that's what I exactly did! I bought a few jams home to New York for friends & family.
My friend & I had brunch here. The food is unbelievably fresh. Food is decently priced. They have apretty large selection as well. The service is pretty good & quick (which is great for a tourist because you're always on the go).
I think this was featured in TimeOut magazine. If you're near Covent Garden, brunch here!
I'm not generally one to argue with a less-than-£4 bloody mary.
So I won't.
Excellent Service, Great atmosphere, Yummy food... what more could you want?!
Came here for Sunday lunch and split a mezze platter. The dips were delicious and the bread was toasted to perfection! When I ordered tea I got a huge teapot all to myself... just what I needed to get my day started. I loved the quirky theme of the restaurant and the great service we got. Will defo be coming here again.
Definitely a place to go for good brunch specials. Place was packed on a Sunday, but my guest and I were able to squeeze in only after 10 minutes of waiting. We both enjoyed the eggs benedict, tea, and scones. Service was a little slow, but the food definitely made up for it.
My only disappointment: They cooked the eggs benedict a little bit over for my tastes; I like the egg yolk to be completely runny--the sides ended up being the texture of a yolk that's hard-boiled.
A very good english breakfast. I tried the Bill's vegetarian one, as advised by another Yelper here...
Don't forget that you will eat in a shopping atmosphere, they sell great jams, lemonades, olive oils, etc.
You get a very good breakfast for a decent price.
I've been to the Bill's in Covent Garden as well as to the one in Lewes, where Bill got his start. I'm a fan. The food is made from fresh, local produce and is relatively good value. It's also a visual delight: pots of jams and preserves line the walls cheerfully. Highly recommended.
This place was nothing short of a disaster. We went in around 1:30pm for lunch on a Friday. They told us it would be a 10 minute wait and gave us menus. Well after 10+ minutes we noticed how many empty tables there were, and they informed us that the kitchen was "blocked" because they had had such a rush on tables and that they wouldn't seat us because they couldn't take our order because they wouldn't serve us for a while. We convinced them to let us sit to take a load off our feet and to at least order some drinks. We were after 15 minutes allowed to order. The food was decent--I had a tasty burger although it came a bit too rare and the chips were good.
It was pricey, service even once the kitchen was opened was not great, and you would think they would have their act together.
The only good thing about this place is the Fairtrade basmati rice sold in Fairtrade cotton bags.
I am a big fan of Bill's in Brighton, and was looking forward to being able to eat the same food in my home city. But it's just not the same.
Maybe it's the building, the menu seems smaller, and the staff less enthused.
Whatever it is, think I'll just wait till I'm next in Brighton.
I have quite mixed feelings about Bills' having discovered the original Bill's in Brighton quite a few years back I wasn't sure whether I should be happy to have one closer to home.
What seems to come natural in Brighton somehow feels a bit forced in Covent Garden.
St Martin's Courtyard is a new shopping development and the industrial style interior just doesn't quite ring true here. Especially as the interior designers at Jamie's next door seem to have followed a similar strategy.
Still, the atmosphere is casual and comforting especially on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon like today's. We popped in for a coffee and just couldn't resist the cakes. The vanilla cheesecake was one of the best I've had since visiting my friend Greg who makes an even better one.
You can book online for the evening slots only while brunch/lunch operates on a first come first served basis.
The original branch of Bill's opened in Lewes, East Sussex in 2001 with a simple plan to combine an old-fashioned grocer (baskets of local fruit and veg) with a mid-market deli (displays of own-label jam, olive oil and Continental treats). It has been transformed in a hidden part of Covent Garden into an informal café serving an unpretentious British/Med menu.
Loved the place! Myself, my wife and my 2 kids ate breakfast there 2 days in a row and on the 3rd day we had lunch there. Simple but very tasty breakfast's and lunch outstanding! We'll all be back!
Bill's came on a recommendation from a concierge and it sounded like it was going to keep me away from pub food so I bit. On finding that this was a concept specialty foods market plus restaurant I became a bit hesitant - places like this tend to trade on their cuteness and Bill's looked like no exception. Dried peppers hanging from the ceiling, shelves stocked with the bright labels of Bill's branded chutney, Bill's branded beans, Bill's branded elderflower syrup. It all seemed a bit too conscientious about it's own atmosphere. But I was too hungry to go anywhere else and too afraid that all that I'd find was a pub with microwaved beef pasties for lunch.
The busy restaurant was out of some of the breakfast items by the time I was seated late into Sunday brunch but, the burgers being walked by on wood planks looked good and there was a nice selection of vegetarian items on the menu. Many items on the have a Mediterranean and Moroccan bent to them and I settled on the halloumi and hummus sandwich served with chips (that's fries to Yanks like me). The sandwich didn't disappoint: it is served on a heartier hamburger bun, the halloumi lightly grilled and the sandwich spread with hummus and mild pepper sauce - all very mild.
The invitation to 'shop from your table' is a bit weird - I'm not sure that I'd ever want to stock my larder while out to brunch but perhaps this let's the time compressed have an extra glass of prosecco and still get their Sunday grocery shopping done.
Bill's has a great vibe and is located in the 'hip' new St Martin's Courtyard development in Covent Garden. Despite being ever so slightly off the tourist trail, Bill's has a prime spot right next to the (mentally) popular Jamie's Italian (people were queuing for a table at Jamie's at 5pm on a Sunday evening). If you can't get in at Jamie's, give Bill's a go instead.
This is the first Bill's in London, and it's a cafe-cum-grocery-store-cum bar-cum-restaurant type of place. I went here today for hot chocolate and cakes after a "strenuous" afternoon of shopping, and felt very much at home, with jars of yummy preserves adorning the walls, cute candles on the stripped wooden tables and gentle soul music wafting around the colourful room. Nice.
Service was a perhaps a little laid back for my liking, and it took a while to be seated, even though there were a few tables available. And the hot chocolate, yet again, WASN'T HOT ENOUGH, despite having requested it to be extra hot. Still, it came with a mound of whipped cream and a flake on top, so musn't grumble. But unfortunately I've minused a star for these factors (yeah, I know I could've sent the hot choc back, but - hey - I'm English). The scones were immense and the jam was so tasty that I shamelessly polished it off with my knife. Oops.
You can browse through the grocery list on your table, choose what you want, and the servers will do your shopping for you as you eat and package it all up in a lovely paper bag with hessian ribbon etc etc. Perhaps a bit 'rah' for everyday bits and bobs, but would make a nice present for someone I guess.
When I got home an hour or so after leaving Bill's I had chocolate brownie all over my face, which - in my books at least - is a very good sign indeed. JUST MAKE YOUR HOT CHOCOLATE HOTTER!! Even so, I'll definitely be paying Bill's another visit.
A place I discovered a month ago or so when I decided to find a new place in Covent Garden as I was a bit bored of the places I know. So I walked through St Martin's Courtyard and saw a nice casual place right next to Jamie Oliver's restaurant, which was busy as usual.
So I decided to go in this place and I loved it from the moment I entered. I probably wasn't objective as I entered I saw the very tall wall on the left, with all the produce displayed delicatessen style and I just fell in love with it.
I didn't experience the slow service that the reviews below describe, as I was seated straightaway although they were pretty busy. There was a couple of tables available inside and in the terrace. The glass doors were fully open as it was quite warm so being inside was very pleasant too, so we stayed in and enjoy the place's atmosphere.
On that occassion I wasn't really hungry so we shared a mezze board. The food served was really taste and it had all been done in-house, which was noticeable. However, its size was not generous, so it was a good thing that we weren't too hungry that day. I then had a hot choc and a brownie and both were yummy (and I am a choc expert, me ;)
I then have been back for a full English breakfast, which was really lovely. I sat outside that day, on one of these gorgeous sunny days we have had recently, and it really is a very enjoyable terrace right next to Picadillly and Covent Garden, as there is not a road in sight and you feel quite away from the hustle and bustle (except for the traffic noise, unfortunately)
I have been back another couple of times for a coffee and a cake, and it is definitely a good option for this too to take a break from a shopping trip in Covent Garden.
Finally, I went last Saturday night and I was quite hungry this time. I had the chicken, chorizo and butterbean stew, and it was delish! Plus the portion was generous too, which helps :) Oh, and it was good quality chorizo too, which was appreciated.
Next time I will go and explore the produce they sell more and will probably buy a couple.
I have taken a few different people here and everyone really liked it and found it different and a great option to know of in the Covent Garden area.
Oh, the service has been always friendly. Another plus point.
If there was one negative thing that I should say is that I find some dishes a bit overpriced, but overall it is ok.
Eggs benedict were "comme il faut" (like it should be) !
Freshly squeezed Juices were amazing...
And a great area to walk around for a pleasant afternoon
Went to Bill's for breakfast. It's a really nice location but quite busy (on a Friday late morning). French Toast tastes nice, sausage sandwich was a bit disappointing. Service was quite chaotic, no dish arrived at the right table, long wait for drinks and the bill.
All in all ok.
Location and ambience 4
We ate here twice during out two week stay in London, once for brunch and once for dinner. Both times the food was delicious. I had the chicken liver pate, and the Fish Pie. Service was spot on even though the place was packed both times. I highly recommend this place.
Brunch & Coffee SWAG!! A truly hidden gem off LongAcre near Covent Garden. This is one of the fresher brunch places in London that is even affordable! Not a common thing in London! I had the Eggs Royale or an English version of Eggs Benedict with salmon and pumpkin seeds. It was quite enjoyable. The service and the atmosphere make for a great afternoon. I cannot wait to try some of the other choices like English breakfast and pancakes!
The place looks great but I encountered a moody, incredibly unhelpful server.
The place had 5 people eating and was not busy in the slightest. I asked for an Eggs Benedict but was informed that I had arrived after the midday cutoff for breakfast. I then asked if the server would mind asking the chef as the restaurant was at 10% capacity and as the dish is very quick to prepare.
The answer I received was a stern - NO. There was zero attempt to aid my query or suggest any alternative dish.
For a restaurant that is renouned for it's breakfast/brunch I would have expected my short haired female member of staff to have ar least tried to help a customer.
After such an ill considered rude response, delivered with bad vibes I left instantly.
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