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  • 5/6 Henrietta Street
    Covent Garden

    London WC2E 8PS
    Covent Garden, Strand
  • Transit information Bakerloo Circle District Northern Piccadilly Get Directions
  • Phone number 07557 740183
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  • Business website henryscafebar.co.uk

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  • 3.0 star rating
    11/12/2012

    This is generally a nice place for a bite to eat, well furnished and a good buzz but why oh why charge nearly £5 for a pint of lager that I can get for £3 in my local! I know tourist laden places always over charge but it really irritates me and stopped me drinking due to feeling ripped off.

    The food on the other hand was not too over-priced and was of good quality. I had a prime beef burger ant my wife had a chicken and prawn jumbalia, both of which were very tasty. I would not go as far to say it was the best pub meal I have had but it was enjoyable and the staff were friendly and helpful.

    I would visit again for food but I would not bother if I just wanted a few pints with friends.

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    We went here for a uni reunion. They had packed a lot of people in, it was very hard to navigate around the place. It took forever to be served; we were there for 2 hours and only managed to get served once before calling it a day and going elsewhere. I ordered a beer and my friend ordered a glass of wine. She didn't like her wine much and the bar tender seems unaware of a custom of putting a ice cube in wine and was most perplexed at our request. But warm wine is not very nice (mulled wine being the exception). I had a beer and it was really quite warm. I had to get a glass of ice to decanter it into. Overall, location is all this place has to offer really.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/8/2013

    Really excellent for food and drink. With regards to food, not only is it fantastic but there is a really great range on the menu and they do tastecard offers too!
    The cocktails are very good  standard London prices for those.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/12/2008

    Henry's in Covent Garden is one of my favourites to go for lunch on a Sunday. The place is usually busy but you can always get a table or sit at the bar area near the entrance and enjoy a nice sparkling wine (any excuse!)

    The service is extremely quick and the Sunday dinners are a winner! The roast beef is recommended and coming up to Christmas, they also serve a fantastic turkey dinner.

    I was slightly disappointed last Christmas however as they had booked in a private party of around 35 guys. For a Sunday afternoon, it got extremely loud and I couldn't hear myself speak, let alone enjoy my dinner. The staff didn't attempt to quieten the very drunk party down which is understandable on an evening but I felt as it was so early, they could have been told to clam down.

    All in all though a lovely relaxing place where you can enjoy a nice drink and tasty meal.

  • 2.0 star rating
    1/2/2011

    I don't normally frequent the touristy mass that is Covent Garden, but having been sick of always existing in my little bubble in Camden (sometimes I get crazy and go to Hampstead...but woah! Don't get too crazy now :), thought we would venture out and try some new places.

    This was the 3rd restaurant we went to and, after two winners, this one fell flat. Yes, it's a pretty place--all dark wood and nice-pub furniture (as opposed to bad pub furniture...and every Londoner knows the fear of sitting in a pub chair and it being wet or nearly falling apart) and chandaliers. But the drinks were a fail. I had a margarita and was not impressed in the slightest. It tasted like a Whetherspoon's Margarita, just more expensive. The chips, again, could have come straight from a typical pub (read: slightly soggy) and the waitress all but tossed the ketchup at my friend's head.

    Meh, maybe it's good for lunch? But for a Friday night out in Cov Garden, try one of the other million touristy places around and at least get your money's worth.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/12/2008

    This chain is a good place to go for a meal, as well as a coffee or some drinks. Their food menu is simple and unfussy, with a choice of salads, sandwiches, pastas, burgers, and snacky foods. And they do a decent selection of dessert to round things off.

    From Monday to Friday it is £1.50 off each cocktail from 5-7 pm.
    In addition, if you want to have a party here they can cater for up to 350 people.

    • Qype User MissCa…
    • Manchester
    • 56 friends
    • 296 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    3/8/2010

    Having lived in London for five years before moving to the North, you would have thought I would have been able to spot a tourist trap like Henry's from a mile off. However, when I was in London a few months back with friends, we ended up in Covent Garden with rumbling bellies and somehow decided to pop into Henry's for a bite to eat.

    Christ I wish we hadn't. Whilst I was aware that it was a busy Saturday night in Central London, and therefore the place was quite busy, it took us a ridiculously long time to be served our food - or even for someone to come and take a drinks order from us. When we received our meals, they were cold from taking so long to arrive. My steak was tough and under seasoned, and the bearnaise sauce which accompanied it was gloopy and practically curdled. Thank goodness the wine came in huge goblets - this was the only thing which managed to carry me through a thoroughly insipid, bland and overpriced meal.

    Whilst I'm sure that Henry's is a great place for a quick drink prior to a big night out, avoid eating here at all costs. Well, unless you like slow service and appalling food. There are many excellent places to dine in Covent Garden, and this really isn't one of them.

  • 2.0 star rating
    30/6/2009

    Weird thing, air conditioning. Having walked from Oxford Circus to here in 30 degrees, I was relieved to see the aircon sign. However, within 5 minutes I was moaning about lack of atmosphere.

    With cavernous open bars, friendly staff and cool cool aircon, this place would be a godsend if I was on holiday with the family and had spent a scorching day traipsing around museums.

    As it was, for a drink after work with mates we should have known better. No atmosphere, no real beer ( that I could see) and not hot and sweaty enough.

    Clearly you have to be in the right mood and mindset!

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/2/2010

    Despite Covent Garden being a regular haunt of mine for 3 years, I hadn't been to Henry's before. Perhaps the white doors seemed too imposing, or perhaps weren't noticed. I do not know. Recently, again thanks to the TasteLondon card, I decided to have dinner there. For 50% off the food bill ;)

    Service could, in one instance, afford to be less abrupt, but all other instances were absolutely lovely and efficient. We were in a hurry, and our waitress took our dessert order along with our meal and made sure to ask for it at the right time, so we got it shortly after we finished our dinner.

    We both had Steak & Chips, and YUM!! I'd much rather have steak here than at Cafe Rouge or Sophie's Steakhouse!! Why? They can cook their meat! And they got a good cut or something. Anyway, for £9.50, that was a good steak & chips. Now if they ditched the big chunky chips for thin yummy frites, it would be the perfect meal!

    As dessert I dived into the chocolate fondue. A little pot of melted chocolate with pieces of strawberry, banana, brownie and waffle to dunk into the melted chocolate. With a 2 for 1 on the desserts (a Henry's dinner special, available to all!!), my friend indulged as well and had a Sticky Toffee Pudding that had her moaning at every spoonful. Odd from what isn't much more than a restaurantified pub!!

    Having had a rough Monday (or a rough several months, rather) we decided to indulge, and had a bloody mary each while waiting for our food. With happy hour making them be £5 each, those bloody marys were exquisite. A bit watery for my taste (and full of ice, so not for those with sensitive teeth) it was one of the best bloody mary's I've had. Must admit I like them thicker though, so if they'd used those same spices with a bit less ice and V8 instead of tomato juice, I'd have been in heaven!!

    Overall, a lovely dining experience with truly good food (a surprise for us both as the items on the menu are things you'd find in most pubs), great drinks, and desserts to moan for.

    The decor is beautiful too. Though painted white and perhaps not used to their full potential, stunning Art Nouveau mirrors adorn the back of the building where the dining room is. Definitely worth dropping by for a drink after work, or a nice dinner.

    • Qype User emma_c…
    • Bracknell
    • 33 friends
    • 108 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    15/3/2010

    A friend and I popped into Henry's to grab some lunch on a busy Saturday. The restaurant was packed full of people so we expected something of a wait.

    What we didn't expect was a snooty greeter who looked down his nose at us and barely gave any eye contact. We went downstairs to wait for 25 minutes, but after 35 minutes we gave up and headed to (the much friendlier) TGI Fridays.

    Also, we sat fairly near the kitchens, so we got to witness the same greeter come in and scream at the kitchen staff. Classy.

    • Qype User chrisg…
    • London
    • 22 friends
    • 119 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    4/5/2011

    Good cocktails, with bartenders twirling glasses and bottles left right and centre. The atmosphere is great here, though being located on a corner of the main Covent Garden it does get very busy and so it takes a while to get served thanks to the limited bar staff and everyone ordering cocktails which do take time to make.

    I've never tried the food here as the price of the cocktails is enough to know the food will be expensive too but maybe one day if I'm feeling adventurous. If that day comes I'll let you know, but for now I'll stick to the occasional drink... occasionally.

  • 2.0 star rating
    22/8/2010

    Nice looking place in convenient location, but slow sloppy service.
    The food, when it arrives, is however good.
    Overall, avoid!

  • 2.0 star rating
    13/2/2013

    Nothing too special about Henry's Café bar.  The food and the service were both average. We had nachos as a starter which were actually less than average. The guacamole must've came out of a can and the salsa was more like catchup.  Had a pulled pork burger as the main, which was fairly decent.  It was worth the trip but won't be making a return.

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/1/2012
    1 check-in here

    To all the Americans forced to stay in Canary Wharf by their company, who show up on a late Sunday night and everything else is closed, you don't want to order room service, or you don't feel like mall food with no beers on draft - this is your place. Bit of a walk over there though...but what they heck, makes you earn your beer...

    Got the Henry's IPA. First time I have had a Pressed Ale, or whatever that type is called. Basically, its flat beer that they have to hand pump out of the barrel. Apparently it was only made a few days before - maybe that's why low alcohol content. Very malty though. Wouldn't order it again, went with a Black and Blue after, but would try it to say you have!

    Got the Chicken Caesar Salad - I must admit it sounded better than it tasted. But it was not bad, I just didn't get all the flavors I was hoping to, the red peppers kinda overtook everything. Also, we got the bread and oils, and the bubble and squeak. Waitress couldn't describe the bubble and squeak beforehand, so here goes. Smashed potatoes, topped with a piece of ham sausage, and that is topped with a egg, sunny side up, with a hollandaise-ish bit of sauce on the top. Enjoyed it, would order again!

    Had plenty of other appealing options. This places breakfast probably beats your hotel breakfast hands down.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/5/2013

    Nice staff and food. Service good too. Music reasonable volume.

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/8/2010

    Henry's was a good place for lunch today. The restaurant is huge and was really busy, but we were seated immediately. They had a great deal running with a cheese plate and bottle of house wine for 15 quid (the bottle is normally 15.45). The cheeses were delicious and the wine wasn't too bad either. I ordered a chicken open sandwich that hit the spot and the rest of the table were happy with their choices of fish & chips, Brie and bacon open sandwich, and a beef burger. Our server, Vickie, was great and it was a great lunch!

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/11/2008
    First to Review

    Two for the price of one on cocktails is always a dangerous proposition, but one of the best deals available in Covent Garden. The bar itself is on the classy side of touristy, with plenty of seating at the back, where there is table service, as well as a few places to sit around the front. It works as a neutral place to meet, and is easy to find if you are trying to meet someone from out of town, or who you don't know very well. If you are looking for somewhere to chill out and check e-mails, there is also free WiFi, which is pretty handy, especially if you don't want to have to resort to a Starbucks.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/12/2008

    I have spent many a Friday or Saturday night at Henry's.  It is a great bar and if you can sit at one of the corner tables near the bar, it is really enjoyable.  If you snag a seat you are near the bar and can sit and drink your drink and spend the evening talking and people watching.  The bar does get really crowded, but I don't feel like a sardine or like I have to fight may way from the bar back to my table.  The drinks are pretty good and the Vodka tonic is always spot on, just the right amount of tonic.  In addition, the space gives an intimate feel so if you are there on a date or spending time with your sweetie it's a nice vibe.  The best part about Henry's is that I never feel rushed.  It is very relaxing environment and the location is a good jumping off point for a big night out.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/10/2010
    1 check-in here

    This is a nice trendy bar perfectly located in Covent Garden, which was a great place to sit down and take a break from all the shopping in the area.  The place was busy, but we were fortunate enough to get one of the tables at the window (I love people watching!).  Like most bars I've discovered in London, there is a limited beer selection compared to the States.  Asking for a pale ale may be received with a quizzical look (I felt like a silly American).  Their cocktail section wasn't bad though, and we came during happy hour, which made more room in the wallet for additional drinks. :)

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/11/2010

    Great place for a long lunch.  Tons of drink choices, and an expansive menu that isn't too overwhelming.  Plenty of vegetarian choices, if that suits you.  Free wifi is a plus!

  • 2.0 star rating
    24/11/2009

    Henry's Bar and Cafe was recommended to us as a great fish and chips place.  The two star rating aptly describes my sentiment towards this restaurant - Meh.  I've experienced better.  For the quality, it was overpriced.  

    The food was good, but it wasn't over the top.  It wasn't bad, but it didn't have much flavor.  

    I wish I had more things to say about this restaurant, but I wouldn't come back to this place willingly - only for happy hours or late dinners where everywhere is closed.

  • 1.0 star rating
    31/10/2013

    The food is so mediocre it was a waste of calories and time.  Expect boring food  and average service and you won't be disappointed.  I did like all the halloween costumes so at least the staff cared enough to dress up and have fun with guests.  Location is all this place has!

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/6/2011
    1 check-in here

    My mom and I stumbled upon this place after a walk in Green Park. The staff was friendly and treated us like long time friends and patrons. The food was delicious and of great quality. Super Yummy!

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/8/2009 Updated review

    Too bright.

    3.0 star rating
    18/8/2009 Previous review
    B52.  RAWWRR!
    • Qype User T0…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    13/2/2013

    Food is ok, been there a few times.
    My friend saw a mouse last night on 12/2/13.
    I freaked out and ran out.
    Will never go back there!!

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/5/2011
    1 check-in here

    cocktails cocktails cocktails.....ok they are not the elite, but for the price they are pretty s**** hot

    watch-out it becomes a bit of a pulling joint in the eve, but hey, any luck the cocktails become even cheaper ;-)

    i've eaten here to, but I must admit the food sounds better than it tastes, but good lardy snack options to go with the drinks.

  • 1.0 star rating
    30/12/2008

    I would be the first to admit (although in a somewhat begrudging manner) that I'm probably a bit of a snob. I would also be the first to admit that the plasticky faux-deco interior of Henry's Café Bar (Henry's) really didn't aid in my enjoyment (or lack thereof) of the place. Sitting almost opposite the Covent Garden plaza, Henry's: lacks in variation of drinks; the food is appalling and far too overpriced for second rate burgers and chips; the service at the bar is inefficient; and I can't really understand what the deal is with the Garish flag poles jolting out underneath said bar. To round up, Henry's is no better than a JD Weatherspoons without the exception of being cheap.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/7/2010

    I was taking a walking tour in London and our tour guide took us here for lunch after. I had my doubts as sometimes tour guides take you to expensive places that aren't that great- but I was pleasantly surprised. Henry's is a trendy and modern looking place with a good variety of different types of food. I had the cajun chicken pasta and a non alcoholic cocktail which was really refreshing after walking around london in the sun. there's also free wifi here but no tv's. The bonus was the fact that the bartender looked exactly like Ron from Harry Potter which gave us a few giggles.

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/5/2013

    Always passed this place, but never actually went in.  Mr. Snarky suggested a drink before we walked to dinner and as we exited the Apple Store, he suggested Henry's.  He couldn't believe I hadn't been in before... with as often as I frequent Covent Garden.  We went in, lots of people like to stand in front of the door, so be prepared.  He said that I could have tea or coffee if I wanted, but I ended up with a lager.  Stella to be exact.  The Wifebeater... I went with it because typically lagers like that are served icy cold.  And it was a bit warm inside.  This one wasn't quite as cold as I had hoped.  If you are looking for a seat and can't find one in the bar area, head downstairs as there might be some seats and tables there.  If you are looking for food, you can get a meal here, but it looked pretty busy, so book ahead!  I can't speak to the price, but the service for our drinks was quick and the ambience was very nice.

    • Qype User allyss…
    • London
    • 103 friends
    • 58 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    5/2/2010

    I like a lot this place, very nice atmosphere on saturday night. You can drink, eat and enjoy between friends. By the way, the dessert are delicious and you can get two for the price of one!

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/4/2012

    Love this place.  I've been here twice now on visits to London.  Prime location for people watching...They have a nice choice of cocktails and the house red wine was pretty decent too.  The food menu is interesting, reasonably priced and well thought out.  We were a party of 4 and our choices were salmon fish cakes with salad, lamb shanks, fillet steak with mushroom sauce and a chicken pasta dish.   All fantastic!!! Henrys is definately a good option when swamped by the many offerings from trendy Covent Garden.

    • Qype User jooki…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 134 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    18/12/2007

    Henry's seems to be fairly popular. It's quite a basic looking place, no frills sort of vibe- just off the Covent Garden piazza. It's a very large venue with three different parts: a bar at the front which you walk through to get to the restaurant area at the back or downstairs to the café. They serve drinks and food quite quickly, so there is a fast turnaround. This place isn't anything to boast about, but it's an alright place if you're in the area and fancy a quick bevvy. One good thing about it is that they keep the tunes low, so you can actually have a good chat without having to yell over the noise like in many places these days.

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