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St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Courtyard

#5,137 of 17,852 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Covent Garden
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Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH, England
+44 20 7766 1100
08:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon 08:00 - 20:00
Tue - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here before a lecture in national portrait gallery we only had an hour but it took 35mins just to bring us cheese and bread. It was worth the wait though food was lovely and staff, although slow, were very friendly. It was nice sitting in the sun without traffic hurtling by.

Thank Rachel C
Frimley, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We stopped here as the sun was out and the café looked inviting. We enjoyed tasty coffee which packed a punch. Nice location and although in an extreamly busy area it is set 'in a courtyard' away from the hustle and bustle.

Thank TillyC-S
Leiden, The Netherlands
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100 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

It was a gorgeous day, perfectly suited for lunch outside. The fish & chips were washed away with a great London pale ale. We loved both. Staff is quick and friendly.

Thank frankiest2015
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Why don't people bring you what it says you're going to receive on the menu? I chose a burger because it said it would come with homemade coleslaw and I really wanted the vegetables. When it came there was no coleslaw just a sliced large tomato (I really don't like tasteless tomatoes sliced on my plate) which was smothered in... More 

Thank greylady16
StMartinsLondon, Café Team at St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Courtyard, responded to this review

Dear GreyLady16 Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your recent visit. It was our first week of opening for the season but we should have been ready to go and I can only apologise that we did not get your meal right on this occasion. We do hope you will give us another chance to... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

A really good reasonably priced restaurant in central London in an historic location. It is self service but a great place to eat

Thank eigbob
London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

St Martin's now has a bit of the feel of a self-serve cafe that you may find in a work place or an airport. Since it was modernised it has lost the wonderful atmosphere that it used to have which is very sad. Having said that it is a large space and it is usually possible to get a table... More 

Thank Samanta E
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Down the stairs just next to the church and across the road from the National Gallery. Great food, a glass of wine, not expensive and a fantastic, almost eccentric, place to eat! I love it.

Thank TimJAth
Coleraine N Ireland
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Found Cafe in the Crypt...Wow! The setting, the surroundings, the staff and the FOOD....Wow amazing...give it a try you won't be disappointed ..

Thank 85Michelle85
London, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

If you are near Trafalgar Square or Charing Cross or the National Gallery, there is lovely hidden café under St Martin-in-the-fields. Once you are downstairs you will be in an atmospheric crypt with beautiful vaulted ceilings. It serves very good food; soup made on the premises, nice hot dishes that change from day to day, lovely cakes and biscuits and... More 

Thank Nicknicklambert
Ashland, United States
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Take the stairs in the glass kiosk next to St. Martin's in the Fields, down to Cafe in the Crypt. A quirky place in a fun setting, the food was a bit more expensive than you would expect for cafeteria style, but it was or reasonable quality and the profits go to the church so that helps. It was jam-packed... More 

Thank Sean O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$16
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7766 1100
Whether looking for a tasty escape from a day in the office, shopping or sightseeing, the Cafe in the Courtyard is the ideal retreat. Set just off Trafalgar Square in the open terrace behind St Martin-in-the-Fields church, the Cafe in the Courtyard is the ideal spot to take away a coffee, sandwich or salad or the perfect central location to meet up with friends for lunch, afternoon tea or evening delights.

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Covent Garden
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