A few years ago I studied, worked and lived in London. Now I am back living in my hometown Doncaster, I still visit the capital regularly to see friends and to take advantage of all that the city has to offer.
One of my favourite things to do with friends is go out for dinner and drinks, so when Four to Eight asked me to come and try their contemporary, independent Italian restaurant, I couldn’t resist! Situated in Covent Garden, right in the heart of ‘Theatreland’, Four to Eight is a stunning, chic eatery with a philosophy that good food is simple, yet beautiful.
As you can see, Four to Eight is incredibly elegant, and there’s wine everywhere (my ideal restaurant!). I took my best friend, Ruth, and we were both blown away with how LOVELY the restaurant is. The outer walls are almost exclusively windows which makes the inside very light (perfect for those Instagram photos) and the restaurant’s exquisite wine collection is on show.
We visited on a Sunday to try out the brunch menu, and we were made to feel especially welcome; something I find very important when trying out a new place. The staff at Four to Eight are very polite and friendly, and before we even had any food I was impressed – an excellent start!
Sunday Brunch at Four to Eight is served 12-6pm so you can take your time. We began with the Cheeseboard because Ruth and I are serious cheese addicts. I can hands down say this was one of the best cheeseboards I have ever had in my entire life, no hyperbole. I didn’t recognise many of the cheeses, which in my opinion made it all the better; my ideal cheesboard contains cheese new to me and this did not disappoint.
Uniquely, the ‘board’ was edible – made out of some kind of crispy bread and it came with a jelly-like onion chutney which tasted divine. While we definitely-did-not-scoff the cheese, we opted to try a bottle of sparkling wine and we went for a bottle of NV Ca del Bosco, Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige (Lombardia, Italy) which was sweet yet refreshing.
Ever since I traveled to Lille for my hen do last year and I tried steak tartare for the first time, I’ve been obsessed with it. So, when I saw I could have it for brunch, that’s what I did! It was fantastic and tasted incredibly fresh. The dishes are small, but they’re very filling! We also tried the smoked salmon as what is brunch without smoked salmon?!
As it was a special occasion (and we had drank quite a lot the night before…) we ended our meal with a dessert. I chose the Dolche De Leche & Espresso Cheesecake which was tremendous, very rich but just the right size that it wasn’t too much. Ruth went for the Cannolo & Ricotta Cream dessert which I can assure you was also delicious as I stole some of it while she wasn’t looking.
Everything about my visit to Four to Eight was first class. It’s been a while since I have been THIS impressed with a restaurant that I can’t fault it. Four to Eight also has lunch, a la carte, pre and post theatre and Christmas menus so you will be able to find your ideal time to go. If you are going to see a show in London, then I do highly recommend Four to Eight; there is actually a theatre opposite the restaurant – the Duchess Theatre – so you won’t have to move far for a truly spectacular experience in the capital.
* I was kindly gifted a meal at Four to Eight for an honest review*