London’s Best Pre-Theatre Menus

Off to the theatre? Don’t settle for a quick bite or a naff sandwich beforehand… The Resident sets you up for a night of excellence with our pick of London’s best pre-theatre menus

Lead image: Hotel Cafe Royal

1 Clos Maggiore
Ideal for The Royal Opera House and theatres on the Strand

Voted the most romantic restaurant in London, Clos Maggiore is the perfect start to your dinner and theatre date night. Located in Covent Garden, it’s ideal for a pre or post-theatre meal. From the extravagant cocktails, bearing names like The Passionate, to rich main courses like Oven Roasted Corn Fed Lemon & Thyme Chicken Breast, you will leave full, merry and ready for a night of theatre. From Mon-Fri, 5pm-6pm, choose from the a two-course or three-course pre-theatre menu, priced £28.50 and £33.50 respectively. On Fri/Sat from 5pm-6pm it’s two courses for £33.50, and on Sunday from 5pm-10pm its three courses for £34.50 or three courses plus half a bottle of wine for £39.50.
33 King Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8JD;

2  Hix Soho
Ideal for Piccadilly Theatre and Shaftesbury Avenue (the Lyric, Apollo and Gielgud)
Hix Soho, located in the heart of theatreland, brings seasonal fish and shellfish to the forefront with the flavours and flair that celebrated chef Mark Hix is known for. Warm up before the show with Brownsea oysters or woodland mushroom soup, followed by Portlethen cod fishcakes or crispy chicken escalopes. End the meal on a sweet note with the Willie’s Peruvian Gold chocolate mousse. There’s also a post-theatre menu. Enjoy two courses for £19.50 and three courses for £23.50 from 12pm-6.30pm and 10pm-11pm.
66-70 Brewer Street W1F 9UP;

3 Four to Eight
Ideal for The Lion King at the Lyceum or the Duchess, Novello and Theatre Royal
Head over to Four to Eight in Covent Garden to try your favourite Italian dishes with a contemporary twist, either pre or post-theatre. Mix it up with the blow-torched mackerel fillet or crispy pig’s head to start. The mains are quite diverse, from the likes of roasted gnocchi to rump steak tagliata, catering for all pallets and dietary restrictions. Choose from three decadent deserts before darting to the theatre. Available every day from 5pm-6.30pm and 9.30pm-10:45pm at £20 for two courses and £25 for three courses.
1-5 Catherine Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5JZ;

4 Hotel Café Royal
Ideal for Piccadilly Theatre, the Criterion and Shaftesbury Avenue (the Lyric, Apollo and Gielgud)
Located in the heart of the West End, the Ten Room at Hotel Café Royal ensures that you won’t have to sacrifice the quality for convenience. The pre-theatre menu features luxurious dishes such as cured mackerel with avocado and radish to start and roast Kentish rump of Lamb with pomme mousseline and grelot onions for the main course. Enjoy a refreshing end to your meal with a summer berry tartlet and strawberry sorbet. The pre-theatre menu is £20 for two courses and £25 for three courses.
68 Regent Street, Piccadilly W1B 4DY;

5 Hai Cenato
Ideal for Wicked at The Apollo Victoria
Inspired by New York-Italian cuisine, Hai Cenato, the latest offering from Jason Atherton, in collaboration with Paul Hood, is a fresh twist on your traditional Italian dinner. Consisting of small plates with London’s freshest ingredients, Hai Cenato’s pre-theatre menu features starters like the fresh, light Pink Lady apple, hazelnuts and parmesan creme fraiche with lovage and crispy kale, followed by the deliciously San Marzano Deluxe pizza with London Mozzerella and Tallegio or chargrilled pork neck fillet with mascarpone, grilled trevise, pancetta and rocket. End the meal with a classic cone of gelato or sorbet before sashaying your way over to meet the Wicked Witch of the West. The pre-theatre menu is priced at £16 for two courses and £19.50 for three courses.
2 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria SW1E 5DJ;

6 The Savoy Grill
Ideal for theatres on the Strand (Adelphi, Vaudeville, Lyceum)
Start off your night right at Gordon Ramsay’s The Savoy Grill. Enjoy a gourmet meal before heading off for a night of entertainment with luxurious starters like eggs mimosa with artichoke tapenade or chilled gazpacho soup with focaccia toast. In the mood for a lighter main course? Enjoy The Savoy Grill’s poached sea trout with coco beans and courgette. The pre-theatre menu is £26 for two courses or £30 for three courses, available from Monday to Friday 5pm-6.30pm, and you can also enjoy the post-theatre menu from 9.30pm-10.30pm.
Savoy Hotel, Strand WC2R 0EU;

7  Mint Leaf
Ideal for Phantom of the Opera, Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Harold Pinter Theatre
Award-winning Haymarket restaurant Mint Leaf is a must-visit for fans of Indian cuisine – and Phantom of the Opera fans, since it’s just across the road. Head Chef Rajinder Pandey has cultivated a menu of classic favorites with a modern twist, such as free-range chicken jalfrezi and vegetarian favorites like the garlic chilli paneer. The pre and post-theatre menu is priced at £17.50 for two courses and £20 for three courses, available Mon-Fri 5.30pm-6.30pm and 10pm-11pm.
Suffolk Place, Haymarket SW1Y 4HX;

8 Frenchie Covent Garden
Ideal for the Adelphi, Lyceum and Wyndham theatres
Gregory Marchand and the rest of the team at Frenchie have cultivated the perfect dining experience to get you ready for a night of theatre. Located in Covent Garden, Frenchie’s luxurious French cuisine is available as both pre and post-theatre menus. Enjoy mains like Cornish Cod with Beans Ragout & Wild Mushrooms, or Confit Duck Leg with Aubergine, Miso, Hazelnuts & Plums, as well as a complimentary glass of something sparkling and a coffee. The three course menu is £36 and tables are available at 5.30pm & 5.45pm as well as 10pm & 10.15pm.
16 Henrietta Street Covent Garden WC2E 8QH;

9 Cinnamon Soho
Ideal for the London Palladium and Piccadilly Theatre
Switch up your usual pre-theatre meal and try Cinnamon Soho’s delicious Indian dishes, served up in a fun and vibrant atmosphere. Within walking distance of seven theatres, from the London Palladium in just four minutes to the Garrick Theatre, a 13-minute walk away. Pair up a curried cullen skink with a Kadhai style chicken leg curry and naan bread, and end the meal on a sweet note with the mango and cardamom brûlée. The pre and post-theatre menu is £15 for two courses and £18 for three courses, available Mon-Sat from 6pm-7pm and after 9.30pm.
5 Kingley Street W1B 5PF;

10 Kaspars at the Savoy
Ideal for theatres on the Strand (Adelphi, Vaudeville, Lyceum)
Kaspars at the Savoy serves up a seafood experience you’ll never forget in extravagant, 20s surrounds. The menu, always fresh and decadent, is condensed into a convenient pre-theatre version with seafood and meat options including favorites like Dressed Crab or Grouse Breast to start and Chanterelle Risotto with truffle, anise blossom and Brie de Meaux, or Blackened Salmon with apple, fregola and squash bisque as a main. The pre- and post-theatre menu is £36 for two courses and £42 for three courses.
The Strand WC2R 0EU;

11 Tom’s Kitchen Somerset House
Ideal for the Lyceum, Duchess, Novello and Aldwych theatres
Heading to see the iconic Lion King? Stop by Tom’s Kitchen for rich classics like the Chicken Liver Parfait or Fish and Chips. Tom’s Kitchen also has healthy options if you want to save room for their selection of novel homemade ice-cream flavours including Squash, Shiitake Mushroom and Kale Salad. Tom’s Kitchen places emphasis on seasonal menus and specials based on the best and freshest ingredients available, ensuring a delicious dining experience. The pre-theatre menu is priced at £20 for two courses and £24.50 for three courses, available Mon-Sat from 6pm-7pm.
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA;

12 Duck and Waffle Local
Ideal for Phantom of the Opera, Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Harold Pinter Theatre
While the original, and adored, Duck and Waffle has a reservations waiting list, Duck and Waffle Local is much more accessible, and handily located for a trip to the theatre. Dan Doherty’s Piccadilly outpost doesn’t offer a pre-theatre menu as such, but its high-end fast causal restaurant ethos will ensure you get to the show on time without having to miss out on delicious culinary creations. Located on Haymarket near the Phantom of the Opera, Duck and Waffle Local serves up small plates like twice cooked pork bao or roasted carrot with spiced chick peas, as well as classics like the famed duck and waffle or grilled sea bream. Open until 11pm during the week and midnight at weekends.
52 Haymarket Street, St James’s Market SW1Y 4RP;