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Little Bay Farringdon (Restaurant)

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171 Farringdon Road, City of London, London, EC1R 3AL
Cuisine: European Average Price: £15-20
Tel: 0207 278 1234 | Email to Little Bay Farringdon | Transport: Farringdon | Write review

Little Bay Farringdon Review

Best for: comfort food; intimate setting; happy feelings.

Great: rib eye steak; ‘Specials’ menu; wine list.

We all experience those days when rain drips down the window and the office is so chilly that you have to sit in a scarf and coat; when you stub your toe for the second time or stand on a upturned plug; when you’re unhappy for no palpable reason except that a woman glared at you on the tube and stole your seat. Grey days when a miserable feeling lingers over your head like a persistent cloud.

I find, generally, those particular days are a write-off. All day I mope about, avoiding conversation with anyone until I can leave work, headphones firmly in place to blot out the dreariness of the outside world.

Yet, although the day is a write-off, there are half-way remedies that help soothe and alleviate the unhappiness that the earlier day caused. My favourite thing to do is visit my Mum’s house to sit in front of the fire stroking lazy cats, watching trash TV, being fed steaming plates of comfort food, and drinking cup after cup of tea (or glass or three of wine).

So let me let you into a little, recently discovered, secret of mine. After a day like the one just described – when everything is rubbish and things don’t seem to go the way they were planned – I suggest you visit the Little Bay restaurant in Farringdon.

Little Bay is a cuddle in restaurant form. From its intimate surroundings – think dimly lit and flickering candles, dark red walls and small tables – to its small but crafted menu of comfort foods galore, there is no better place to escape to when you’ve had a crappy day.

Seated at a table by a friendly but not overbearing waiter, who takes our coats and pulls out our chairs – the earlier heated phonecall from my boss is all but forgotten - I begin to thaw out slowly, wiggling my toes to regain feeling.

Glass of wine ordered and the evil seat-stealing witch on the train pales into insignificance. I start to think about having a conversation with my long-suffering partner, who’s used to sitting quietly and shutting up when I’m in a grey mood. He’s also busy looking at the menu, commenting positively on the idea that he might indulge in two steaks in two days.

Starters ordered and served quickly and painlessly. Mopping up the thick, white wine and shallot sauce that pools in the bottom of my bowl, the only thing I am commiserating about is the fact that I devoured the fat, juicy mussels too quickly. I forget about the irritation of my shoes letting in water (hence the freezing feet) and my toes warm up.

The main courses come and I’m glad I have a boyfriend who doesn’t mind sharing food as I hack off a piece of his perfectly cooked, medium rib-eye steak, juice running down my face (but I don’t care). The memories of the early morning misery have died. What was I even sad about?

Contented, with puffed out stomach and a Cheshire cat style grin, I sit back in my chair. Terrible travel, ratty bosses and rainy pavements fade completely from my mind as I think of more pressing matters, such as what to have for pudding. It’s a choice between the white chocolate cheesecake and the banana cream filled profiteroles. And when decisions are as hard as that, the only option is to pick both.

The Little Bay restaurant is the perfect tonic for ‘one of those days’: the plaster to my bloodied and bleeding morning; the perfect antidote to a dismal day. So next time you feel like giving up and going back to bed with the covers firmly over your head, take a little trip down Farringdon Road – and dine your woes away.
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Claire Williams

Customer Reviews for Little Bay Farringdon

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Little Bay Farringdon.

“Fantastic value for money! Lovely atmosphere and you can leave feeling full and satisfied. :)”
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Miss Siobhan, London (3 months 7 days ago)

“I'm impressed! You've managed the almost impossible.”
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Sir Katty Katty, London (3 years 6 months 8 days ago)

“When I discovered Little Bay restaurant, I suddenly realised how boring my life was without it!! Whenever I feel depressed or really exhausted, I pop in for my favourite Burger and Profiteroles. It sure does perk you up. And the restaurant atmosphere is so relaxed. Not only that, but the food is also exceptionally good value. I make sure that I take every opportunity to pop in to Little Bay Farringdon. I encourage anyone who hasn't already been to check it out - you won't be disappointed. And to those of you who have already been, you will already be going back again and again!”
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Mr Richie Arthur, London (3 years 7 months 13 days ago)

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Little Bay Farringdon Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Friday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 12:00am    

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: European
  • Average Price: £15-20
  • Dress Code: Relaxed
  • Group: Little Bay

Little Bay Farringdon Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: European
  • Average Price: £15-20

Little Bay Farringdon Food Menu

We run an early-bird deal from noon until 7pm where starters and desserts are £2.55 each and mains are £6.45 each. Then, from 7pm until midnight, the starters and desserts cost £3.55 each and the mains cost £8.45 each. Please email us to request a menu.

Updated 11/02/2011

Item Description Price
Baked Garlic Mushrooms Baked Garlic Mushrooms served with Mixed Leaves Salad £2.55 from Noon until 7 PM, £3.55 after 7 PM £ 2.55
Parson Pastry of Smoked Chicken, Mushroom and Herbs in a Filo Pastry Parson Pastry of Smoked Chicken, Mushroom and Herbs in a Filo Pastry £2.55 from Noon until 7 PM, £3.55 after 7 PM £ 2.55
Moules Mariniere Moules Mariniere with Shallots, Garlic, White White, and Fresh Parsley £2.55 from Noon until 7 PM, £3.55 after 7 PM £ 2.55
Organic Lamb Meat Balls Organic Lamb Meat Balls in Tomato Sauce served with Cauliflower Mornay £ 6.45
Grilled Burger of 100% Aberdeen Angus Beef Grilled Burger of 100% Aberdeen Angus Beef served with Cheese and Home Cut Chips fried in Goose Fat £ 6.45
Mediterranean Butter Beans and Home Made Grilled Sausage Mediterranean Butter Beans and Home Made Grilled Sausage £ 6.45
Chicken Supreme stuffed with Spinach and Cottage Cheese, Paprika Potato and Brocolli Chicken Supreme stuffed with Spinach and Cottage Cheese, Paprika Potato and Brocolli £6.45 from Noon until 7 PM, £8.45 after 7 PM £ 6.45
Plaice Fillet with White Crab, Spinach and Veronique Sauce Plaice Fillet with White Crab, Spinach and Veronique Sauce £6.45 from Noon until 7 PM, £8.45 after 7 PM £ 6.45
Breast of Duck with Red Cabbage, Sultanas and Duck en Croute Breast of Duck with Red Cabbage, Sultanas and Duck en Croute £6.45 from Noon until 7 PM, £8.45 after 7 PM £ 6.45
Vegetable Moussaka with Macedonian Salad Vegetable Moussaka with Macedonian Salad £6.45 from Noon until 7 PM, £8.45 after 7 PM £ 6.45
Beef Bourguignon Beef Bourguignon with Boiled Potatoes £6.45 from Noon until 7 PM, £8.45 after 7 PM £ 6.45
Apple Cake Apple Cake with Vanilla Ice-Cream £2.55 from Noon until 7pm, £3.55 after 7pm £ 2.55
Profiteroles with Banana Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce Profiteroles with Banana Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce £2.55 from Noon until 7pm, £3.55 after 7pm £ 2.55
Chocolate Log with poached Pear and Vanilla Ice-Cream Chocolate Log with poached Pear and Vanilla Ice-Cream £2.55 from Noon until 7pm, £3.55 after 7pm £ 2.55
Cheese Platter Cheese Platter £2.55 from Noon until 7pm, £3.55 after 7pm £ 2.55

Little Bay Farringdon Drinks Menu

If you are looking for reasonably priced drinks to go with a reasonably priced meal, look no further than Little Bay Farringdon. You will be shocked at all of our prices, especially when you experience the rich decor and sophisticated atmosphere which our Little Bay patrons adore.

Updated 15/03/2011

Item Description Price
Le Blanc, J. Moreau & Fils, NV, South of France. Fresh, round and pleasant wine of pale golden colour, which displays flavours of quince with hints of golden apple. Light, balanced and easy-drinking. Bottle: £11.50 250ml: £3.95 175ml: £2.95 £ 11.50
Chenin Blanc, Cape Crown, 2009/10, South Africa. Aromas of melon and ripe fig with a rich citrusy palate bursting with tropical fruit flavours and a long fine creamy finish. Bottle: £15.85 250ml: £5.15 175ml: £3.95 £ 15.85
Sancerre, Domaine Doucet, 2008/09, Loire. Energetic, with plenty of lovely appeal. It exhibits brilliant mineral character, fresh, clean citrus fruit flavours with a very elegant finish. Bottle: £21.95 £ 21.95
Le Rouge, J. Moreau & Fils, NV, South of France. An attractive wine of a raspberry red colour with hints of coffee, pepper and nutmeg, on the nose. Bottle: £11.50 250ml: £4.15 175ml: £2.95 £ 11.50
Cabernet Sauvignon, Surazo Winery, 2007, Chile. A bright ruby red colour, ripe red fruit aromas with layers of spice in perfect balance. Bottle: £14.75 250ml: £5.15 175ml: £3.85 £ 14.75
Rioja Reserva, Vina Alcorta, Reserva 2005, Spain. Elegant, vibrant wine bursting with soft, rich fruit aromas. On the palate, it has ripe fruit flavours with the characteristic vanilla note. Bottle: £19.95 £ 19.95
Rosé d’Anjou, Auguste Bonhomme, 2008, Loire. Very elegant, juicy strawberry-infused wine of pale, pink colour. It is brimming with exuberant flavours and some peach skin notes. Bottle: £14.95 250ml: £5.15 175ml: £3.85 £ 14.95
Champagne: Heidsieck, “Blue Top”, Monopole, NV. Full, ripe and rich, elegant and nutty, like biscotti. A crisp, zesty champagne with green apple and citrus notes. Bottle: £29.95 150ml: £6.25 £ 29.95

Special offers, discounts and deals at Little Bay Farringdon

Little Bay Farringdon offers great deals on already cheap prices. See below for our current deals. Altneratively, you can contact us for more information.

Updated 15/03/2011

3 Courses £11.55

Type: Food Special Offer
Date: 26 Jan, 2011 - 31 Dec, 2015
Day(s): Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: 12:00 - 19:00

3 Courses for £9.75

Type: Under £10 Special Offer
Date: 01 Jan, 2011 - 31 Dec, 2015
Day(s): Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: 12:00 - 00:00

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Little Bay Farringdon Hire Details

Contact us for more details regarding hiring.

Updated 15/03/2011

Name: Party Area
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 100
Notes: We have a large party area which caters for 100-120 people and can be sectioned off for your party. There is no hire fee and no minimum spend, you just have to buy a meal. Contact us for more details.

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