My happy return to Soho for lunch at The French House

So today I’m back blogging about London. At last! It’s been a while. I am pleased to say that I can now get around and do pretty much most things even if it is at a seriously reduced speed. I’m thrilled to be able to get on the bus and tube and am starting to get some of my confidence back and feel more like my usual self.  Thankfully. I’ll never take walking for granted again.

And where better to meander around than Soho, one of my favorite parts of London. Our lunch destination is The French House – an iconic pub in bustling Dean Street which seems to have been around forever – certainly longer than I’ve resided in London Town.

Up some steep and narrow stairs (see, I can even negotiate stairs these days) is the tiny dining area which seats about 12. The menu is handwritten daily and, as the name of the place tells you, it’s French – very French.

What’s on the menu

I started with a deliciously simple dish of confit garlic and goat’s curd on toast. Such a yummy combo of soft garlicness and creamy cheesiness. The perfect start to any meal.

The French House: garlic toast
Beautifully soft and tasty garlic to spread on cheesiness

I love a good pork chop and couldn’t pass this one up. The Duroc pork chop was served on a bed of borlotti beans in a grain mustard sauce. A seriously great partnership and some really top quality pork which was perfectly cooked.

The French House: pork chop
It’s hard to beat a perfect piece of pork

And here’s a closer look at the bed of beans.

The French House: borlotti beans
Mustardy borlotti beans complete the dish

As you’d expect there had to be a classic steak frites dish on the menu. The ribeye was served with a rocket and shallot salad, a generous portion of fries and peppercorn sauce on the side. A classic dish cooked just right…so satisfying.

The French House
A classic steak with salad and sauce
The French House: fries
And the crispiest of tasty fries

Portions are substantial at The French House so I’d advise sharing a starter to make sure you properly enjoy your main courses. The service is friendly and welcoming – it’s got to be one of the most relaxed places for a leisurely lunch in the whole of Soho. What a wonderful welcome back to London for me and my broken ankle.

Today’s price point

One starter and two mains came to a total of £51.50.

Wine starts from £21.50 a bottle.

The French House is at 49 Dean Street, London W1


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