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Galvin La Chapelle

St Botolph's Hall, 35 Spital Square, LONDON, E1 6DY

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A sharp intake of breath is a quite understandable reaction as you enter the former chapel of St Botolph's girls' school, with its brown marble pillars soaring to the vaulted roof. The place has wow factor in spades thanks to its glamorous buzz, swagged curtains, plush brown leather seating and white linen tables, and the mezzanine level provides bird's-eye views of the action below. While towering magnificence is fine in the decor, it isn't necessarily what you want in the service approach, and fortunately an attentive and well-drilled team keeps La Chapelle purring along. The cooking conforms to the Galvin template: solidly grounded in modern and classic French ideas broadened to take in some distinctly contemporary British accents. The produce that underpins it all is second to none, if not always native - perhaps a starter of gold-standard seared Vendée foie gras with Medjool date purée and beef bouillon. Otherwise, begin with an intensely coloured and flavoured heritage beetroot risotto with whipped goats' cheese, pickled walnuts and balsamic. Razor-sharp technique and timing distinguish a main course of loin and faggot of venison with red cabbage, velvety celeriac purée and chanterelles, or big appetites might take on roast Chateaubriand of Cumbrian beef partnered with a millefeuille of rainbow chard and celery, and Hermitage sauce. Fish, too, is skilfully handled - perhaps grilled Cornish red mullet in a Mediterranean-accented composition with caponata, and sage and olive beignets. While classic desserts such as apple tarte Tatin with Normandy crème fraîche are hard to pass by, a trio of chocolate crémeux, pistachio sponge and blackberry sorbet proves a worthy alternative. French big guns lead the charge in a standout wine list.

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Tel: 020 7299 0400
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Dates closed: 25-26 Dec, 1 Jan
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: 24 Dec

Restaurant information

Cooking type: French
Chef: Jeff Galvin, Eric Jolibois
Number of seats: 115
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £24.00
3 Course lunch from: £29.00
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £25.50
2 Course dinner from: £24.00
3 Course dinner from: £29.00
Sunday lunch: £27.50-£34.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Galvin La Chapelle, London e1
  • Galvin La Chapelle, London e1
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