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The Footman

#1,171 of 17,835 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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5 Charles Street, London W1J 5DF, England
+44 20 7499 2988
11:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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208 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a few drinks before going out for our meal So many people here It is only one room but such an attractive pub It was a great atmosphere with lots of banter They do food but when we arrived here it was all people that had finished work and was just drinking A great spot to be... More 

Thank Anita E
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Hi Anita and many thanks for the kind review. Did you know we have a beautiful first floor restaurant and a private area above that we always have open? We'd love you to try our great food and hope to see you again to sample more of the famous atmosphere you know and love! Cheers! More 

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177 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped for a drink to avoid the rain and rest our tired feet from walking. Friendly service and great seating by the window overlooking the street.

Thank Karin L
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Hi Karin and many thanks for your nice review. The weather is certainly not great at the moment but I'm glad you enjoyed the pub and the service. The seats you speak about are great for whiling the time away and people watching and we hope you return soon for some more of the same! More 

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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We came as a large group for a Christmas lunch in a private room. The food was OK but the portions were tiny - there were no carbs with my main, and a small sharing plate of potatoes arrived after we had finished eating. Service was very poor (hot starters arrived before cold ones, so went cold; they didn't put... More 

Thank Volsk
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Hi Volsk and many thanks for your feedback. As you can expect comments such as yours certainly do not please us but they do force us to look at ways of improving for the future. I'm sorry you did not enjoy your food particularly much as from our check backs around the table we received some positive comments. We are... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I was back in London in October, exactly one year since my last visit. Since then the Only Running Footman has changed owners and with that came a name change, it is now just called "The Footman". This prompted me to come back to Trip Advisor to give a new review of the renovated pub. The interior is set up... More 

1 Thank Zee S
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Hi Zee and many thanks for the kind review. Although the name has altered slightly we still aim to please our guests and offer the standards and service that you should expect from us! It's great that you popped by again and rest assured in the New Year we'll try our best to get back to those spectacular fish &... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Visited with colleagues for dinner in the second floor restaurant. Wow! Really pleasantly surprised. The restaurant was quiet despite the bustle in the pub downstairs. I ordered the scallops - beautiful!!! And then the lamb. Three of us had the lamb and if the boys could have licked the plate they would have!! It was delicious! I then chose the... More 

1 Thank SimonaSaunders71
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Hi Simona, thanks for the really kind comments- It's great to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your meal as we aim to please. The lamb is currently my favourite dish from our menu and if I could eat it every day I would. However for the moment I'll leave some to the customers...! Our restaurant is a beautiful space in... More 

Verona, Italy
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262 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I had a few drinks at this pretty traditional english pub in Mayfair. The place was packed with young professional and some posh people nevertheless it is a nice place to go for a drink. I didn't dine here as it was really busy

Thank Claudio D
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Good evening Claudio and thank you for the kind words. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the pub: we have a pretty broad mix of clientele so next time you're in town pop by and see who's here. Our restaurant also takes reservations so if you ever wish to eat, simply let us know and it... More 

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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I visited here with me ma & pa on a week day afternoon. The pub is a cosy little place with subtle spots of character. On our visit it was filled with the usual city types, dressed in their three piece suits. But despite that waft of poshness, our visit was all rather pleasant. It was all very welcoming and... More 

Thank Duncan B
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Good evening Duncan and many thanks for the great review- It's lovely to hear that you and your parents enjoyed your recent visit to the pub. We're very proud of offering a great atmosphere at all times and we do welcome all kinds of people throughout the week! It's great to hear you enjoyed your food- our scallops are fresh... More 

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57 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Nice cosy pub, serving good food at reasonable prices. Great stake, pulled pork and club sandwiches. I had the courgette and blue cheese risotto which was delicious. The service is efficient but not extremely nice.

Thank Chani C
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Hi Chani and many thanks for the review. Feedback such as yours is really useful for us as a pub in helping us improve. I'm really glad you enjoyed your food (the risotto is perfect for this cold weather I'm sure you'll agree) but we like to be able to back this up with sterling service and personality. We work... More 

Hong Kong, China
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Really lovely relaxed pub in London with great selection of beers and decent food although they recently limited the breadth of the menu which is slightly disappointing, hence not 5 stars. They've also changed their dining tables for bar tables. But in the summer, one of best locations in mayfair. Not ur typical beer stained stuffy stale London pub. A... More 

Thank munchkin2849
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Hello there and many thanks for your kind review. It's great to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere here as we work very hard in trying to create a home from home for our customers. Coming into Christmas we do streamline our menu a touch but I'm really looking forward to putting some great new dishes on as we move into... More 

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77 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

My husband and I regularly visit this pub when we stay in London, this time it was just around the corner from our hotel. Since the last time we visited it is now just called The Footman, but still serves great food and delicious wine. Very busy with wedding guests when we visited on Saturday, but still quick service at... More 

2 Thank jennyjoop
Chris W, General Manager at The Footman, responded to this review

Hi Jenny and many thanks for the kind review. It's lovely to hear that you not only visit us on a regular occasion but that you enjoyed your most recent visit. Even though the name has changed (only slightly!) and the pub was busy we always aim to serve everyone in the best possible way. It's great that you enjoyed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$50
Bar, British, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Charles Street, London W1J 5DF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Mayfair
  • Neighbourhood: Mayfair
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7499 2988
The newly brushed-up and re-launched Footman in Mayfair definitely hasn't lost any of its British roots in the process. This much-loved pub, restaurant and private event space houses elegant, yet unpretentious surroundings, complete with a truly British menu featuring home-grown produce direct from the farmers. Guests can slide up to the long mahogany bar or comfy booth seating and enjoy well crafted favourites with our well established team. For those who feel that the wine bar set have lost sight of what made Britain great, The Footman Mayfair is definitely for you.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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