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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Dynamic Italian basement venue

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At a glance

All day dining
Wines by the glass
Service charge

'Apples and Pears' looks a riot of colour and conviviality on its Soho corner. At ground-floor level is a café area, but the main dining goes on downstairs in a dynamic, russet-walled basement room. Italian sharing plates are the principal draw to start, with San Daniele ham and gnocchi, deep-fried squid and smoked aïoli, or beef carpaccio with pecorino among the offerings. Then it's braised veal shin with wild mushrooms and polenta, with perhaps an intermediate pasta dish or risotto to bridge the gap. To finish, how about a maraschino cherry sundae with blackcurrant and vanilla ice creams, or mascarpone cheesecake with white chocolate and wild berries.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December and 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Dinner served until: 11
  • All day dining


  • Chef(s): A Mantovani

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Italian
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 25
  • Wines over £30: 51
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 90
  • Off-site parking available: NCP

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Nearest train station

Piccadilly Circus
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