REVIEWS OF THE BOUNTIFUL COW  


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

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TRIPADVISOR: “Certificate of Excellence 2013”  

Great food, great atmosphere, awesome service… (B1polarbear 6 Aug 13) 

Lovely place, great food and service… (llanelli, 5 Aug 13) 

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this place… (Charlotte_Davidson 30 May 13) 

Go… now! Can’t say how great this place is… (Edson999 28 May 13) 

Best steak in town! This place is a real gem—amazing steak!... (Delores001 21 May 13) 

I love this place!... The steaks are delicious and portions are generous… (Ash1033 20 May 13) 

What a great T-Bone… 5 of our group ordered the T-bone and the 6th member was left with serious food envy!!! Although the burger did look amazing—it was totally eclipsed by the steaks. It is a wonderful venue, great vibe, great food and at less than 30 quid a head—an absolute bargain!!! (michael.seipp 11 Dec 12) 

Great steak; helpful staff… (Karen D 1 Dec 12)

 

TOPTABLE by OpenTable: “92% of customers would recommend this restaurant” 

We loved our dining experience… Great menu, something for everybody. The steak tartare was AMAZING and chimichurri that came as an option with my steak was phenomenal… (EHazel, 2 Jul 13) 

Great steak at a good price… (Haxy, 19 Jun 13) 

Beautiful steak, obviously… (Greg, 10 May 13) 

Best value steaks in London? The offer here is simple: steaks as good as the palaces of the Square Mile or the West End at half the price. It’s delivered, but the bonus is a pub restaurant with real character too. The décor is consistent in theme (witty takes on the “cow”) but diverse in execution. What a marvellous place for quiet, lonesome top-quality steak meal with the Kindle… or just as fine to bring friends… (SquareMileOmnivore, 22 May 13) 

Best value steaks re-visited: Just as good as last week!... Once again, quirky cow-themed décor and steaks as good as you can likely find anywhere at bargain prices. (SquareMileOmnivore, 29 May 13) 

Steak is awesome and staff very friendly. They let us bring our dog and even brought him his own steak. Hard not to return now… (TomA, 15 May 13) N.B.: Admission of dogs is strictly at the manager’s discretion, is unlikely at busy times, and that dog must have been beautiful to score a steak. 

There were 7 of us and all loved it! We could see right into the kitchen as we were sat next to the glass. Great food and great service!... Great value for money too! (Tracyb, 26 Apr 13) 

The table next to the kitchen is great as you can see the great hunks of meat going onto the flame grill. A 14oz burger take a lot of eating and the steak was cooked to perfection, tender and full of flavour. (Philip, 6 Mar 13) 

Great as usual… I’ve been dining here for nearly 7 years now, and it’s never let me down… (Diner1985, 5 Feb 13) 

Go there hungry!!! The portions are enormous, I had the burger and it was amazing but sadly only finished half! I went with 5 guys from work—all big eaters—and they were not disappointed. Starters and desserts were great too, as was the wine. Waitresses were very helpful… (dunduns, 13 Dec 12) 


BOOKATABLE: “rated 4.3 out of 5—100% of diners would recommend it to another person”  
Best burger I’ve ever had. Great food. Good beer and wine… (Colin 19 Apr 13) 

 

ZAGAT 
“Great-quality” steaks and “big” burgers are “cooked just the way you want” by flamboyant chef-owner Roxy Beaujolais at this chophouse… (editorial entry, 2013 Guide) 

 

GOOGLE  
OK, so I'm the designer, and a co-owner. However, it's entirely objective to say that the aged British beef, sourced twice weekly at dawn in Smithfield market by manager Cveta Dukovska (the Queen of Smithfield—the butchers have had their Christmas at The Bountiful Cow for the last two years running)—is the finest beef in London for flavour, taste, and for perfection in grilling to order. Go on! (Nathan Silver May 13) 

The best rump, fillet and T Bone steaks we have ever had, and I do mean ever!… If you like your sauces, try chimichurri, Béarnaise or peppercorn, just so fresh tasting, they compliment your meats. I don't normally eat meat, but when I do I make sure I come to the Bountiful Cow. The best meat place in London!!! (Marik Angela Jan 13) 


PROFESSIONAL CRITICS 
Professional critics generally come only once, so these aren’t as fresh as the customer reviews above. But here are some informative extracts. Sorry about the dated prices… 


London Evening Standard
Roxie Raises the Steaks: The 10oz rib-eye at £13, served with hand-cut chips with Béarnaise (à la Capricorn, with melted goat's cheese, is also offered) was splendid; fine meat grilled with exactitude. The deluxe hamburger at £9 was also good while the steak sandwich on offer is made with that flavourful cut the French call onglet and we call skirt. There are also dishes such as dillcured herring and potato salad, Welsh Wizard rarebit on focaccia, and Napoli sausages and mash which have already earned respect at The Seven Stars… (Fay Maschler, 8 Feb 06) 

 

Vote for your Favourite Drinking Den (one of “the top 10 pubs”): A new opportunity for Soho landlady and television cook Roxy Beaujolais, this Holborn pub specialises in well-matured steaks and a warm welcome. (Charles Campion, 8 Mar 06)

 

Time Out London 
Should you wind up here without a dining companion, don’t worry: the staff are lovely and given to engaging lone customers in conversation, particularly the very charming bar manageress Cveta, who’s been with Roxy since her Soho days. … (Andrew Humphreys, Mar 8-15 06) N.B.: Cveta is now The Bountiful Cow’s general manager. 

 

Beerintheevening.com 
Owned by the fantastic Roxy Beaujolais, of Seven Stars and Three Greyhounds fame, this new pub/eaterie not only has great beer (Adnams on tap) but superb steak and chips… (Andrew, Apr 06) 

 

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2007
Australian-born Roxy Beaujolais has been chef to the Royal Shakespeare Company and now runs two London pubs, The Seven Stars in Carey Street and The Bountiful Cow in Eagle Street. She believes real ale is essential in a pub: “I like what a handpump signifies.” … She offers such dishes as steaks and freshly-ground burgers, lamb steak with barley, Napoli sausages and belly pork… Beer is used in such winter dishes as beef stews and game casserole. (Susan Nowak, 13 Sep 06) 

 

Time Out Shortlist, London 2008
This sassy two-floor diner has a witty and well-sourced bovine theme—retro Vache Qui Rit and Bovril ads, film posters for Urban Cowboy and Cattle Queen. The steaks, both ribeye… and sirloin… are succulent to a T, and are sourced from selected beef hung for two weeks at least, but daily specials mean it’s not all beef, beef, beef. Wines are well chosen and there’s real ale for the discerning beer drinker too. (unsigned) 

Frommer’s London 2010
In the Holborn district, or from far beyond, it’s harder to find better steaks and burgers than those found here… (Darwin Porter) 

 

London METRO Sandwich Roundup
The burger is the king of the sarnies. And so from tiny burgers to enormous ones. When The Bountiful Cow first opened, I was a little unkind to it. My bad: this curious, red meat-loving pub run by the redoubtable Roxy Beaujolais has now settled into being a Holborn favourite, seasoned with the savoury smoke of a thousand steaks. It’s here you’ll find the ‘Bountyburger’ (£12.50), arguably the biggest burger in town. At 14oz, this huge beast is as butch as Brando, meaty and unforgiving. But also, if you’re in the mood for excess, rather wonderful. (Marina O’Laughlin, 20 Jul 10) 

 

The London Cocktail Guide
Best Martini in a Pub (1 of 5 cited): 
OK, this might sound like a FAIL before you’ve even arrived (a Martini in a pub? In England?) but bear with me. This is one of those exceptions that proves the rule… Avoiding being a cocktail-themed pub and all the horror that entails, they [The Seven Stars, The Bountiful Cow] succeed by specialising in just one drink—hearsay is that the Martini is a favourite of the landlady… You’ll soon see why this is a WIN after all. (unsigned, 1 Jun 11) 

 

AA Pub Guide 2013 Pick of the Pubs: 
Two floor levels are bedecked with pictures of cows, bullfights, cowgirls, diagrams of meat cuts and posters of cow-themed films; jazzy but discreet music adds to the atmosphere halfway between funky bistro and stylish saloon. …Menus are based on beef sourced at Smithfield Market… Starters such as garlic fried prawns and desserts like crème brûlée can top and tail the main event… (unsigned) 

 

Good Pub Guide 2013
Bustling and informal place popular with those wanting either a chat at the bar or a meat-related meal. …Good and popular, the food includes Welsh rarebit with Guinness, rillettes of duck with toast, [etc etc], their fantastic beefburger and top quality steaks, and puddings… (Fiona Wright)

 

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