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Bleeding Heart Bistro (Restaurant)

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Bleeding Heart Yard, 19 Greville Street, City of London, London, EC1N 8SJ
Cuisine: French Average Price: £30.00
Tel: 02072428238 | Email to Bleeding Heart Bistro | Transport: Farringdon | Write review

Bleeding Heart Bistro Review

Best for: salty fries; wines by the glass; al fresco in Farringdon.

Great: rustic French restaurant for business breakfasts, business lunches and business dinners in The City of London.

This pen is weightier than I was expecting. Oooh look, a helicopter off in the distance. I wonder where it’s going? My knee feels really itchy. How long I can last without scratching it. Hold on, everyone is staring at me. Sooooooo nod, aaaaaand offer a prepared nugget of wisdom:

“I’d recommend that bullish investors should go long on Out-Of-The-Money call options, as that represents good value in the current volatile market.”

There. That should keep them at bay for another 20 minutes. Now, back to that itch. Four minutes and 23 seconds. Going for the record.

By Zeus! Meetings for middle management are dull; and pointless. Only when there’s a thick door separating you - sat proudly alone behind a sparse, shiny desk - from the rest of the battery hen plebs will you have accomplished the zenith of collared slavery: the executive office.

When this position of influence has been achieved, trivial discussions will no longer take place in cramped broom cupboards over a mug of PG Tips. No no, you are now part of the council of elders and your imperative meetings will converge across large, white linen tablecloths; tablecloths weighed down by perfectly portioned starters of salt cod brandade with crispy sage and cherry tomato confit, and tender, boneless Sea Bass, drenched in Beurre Nantais, laid to rest on fennel and potatoes (quintessentially French, and essentially lovely).

From here on out, you’ll become one of those anthropomorphised pigs who wears top hats and monocles in caricature paintings often found on the wall of your local pub. The Bleeding Heart bistro is the modern equivalent of this picture, with this particular pig-pen containing considerably more boars (not bores, mind!) than sows.

You will all grunt and snort concurrently, in your own inimitable way, taking little notice as a crispy duck salad and an Aberdeen Angus ribeye steak slip by unnoticed, nice but not particularly inspired; sustenance without diversion, ideal for the business of doing business, really.

These are not defamatory remarks about the clientele of this French Farringdon restaurant. Nor are they defamatory remarks about pigs. Both businessmen and pigs have a certain jowly, rosy-pink hue appeal to them that often triggers an uncontrollable urge to grab their cheeks and utter the words “Yooz sooo kyoot”. Lovely creatures, one and all; crucial for bringing home the bacon, so to speak.

In the midst of this very masculine scene sits a wiley old red-haired fox (such as myself), suitably attired in cuffs and collars, dining with a female field mouse, unsuitably attired in a tie-dye t-shirt and summer festival wristbands. Incongruent, to say the least. Although this is a French bistro with French varietals available by the carafe-load, they’ve decided to slurp gladly on a reasonably priced Sauvignon Blanc from Trinity Hill, New Zealand. Why? Because the restaurant owns the vineyard of course. Incongruent, indeed.

I, with my beady fox-like eye, spot a lone woman in one of the massive gold gilt mirrors hung around the rustic, mustard walls. Oh wait, she’s no customer, she’s serving food; and doing a decent job of it too (unlike some of her colleagues who offer adequate service, little dialogue, a brevity of recommendations, and incorrect cutlery).

Perhaps women are afraid to enter this man-domain. It was, after all, a fair Lady (Elizabeth Hatton) who, in the 17th century, had the misfortune of helping to name this complex - which includes a Bleeding Heart Restaurant and a Bleeding Heart Tavern- when she was brutally murdered after a party held here. Her body was found, still bleeding, on the cobblestones the next morning.

Those very same cobblestones are now an al fresco courtyard, where ladies are welcome to give murder a miss, and instead bask in the glowing sun whilst soaking up the sloppy yet bloody tasty spiced figs in red wine with cinnamon ice cream top.

Inside, meanwhile, the men blow enough business steam across the close-knit tables to keep the wooden-beamed ceiling aloft; although, the dark red pillars do a fairly decent job by themselves. The entire bistro is fastened to its mooring by the tide of time, evidenced by the grubby skylights, cancan era posters, and shelves full of dusty whicker baskets, demijohn bottles, and an iron sculpture that would conclusively answer the question “what if Tim Burton made antique tractors?”

The motto of The Bleeding Heart should be in pig latin - latin concerning pigs - and it should read ‘Permissum sus suum dies’; let pigs have their day. They’ve earned it. Let them meet, and eat, tagine of lamb rump meat, and peruse the only newspaper, The Times, available at the door. Leave them to dig out the truffles of success whilst we, the dullards minions sit scratching our knees, moaning about how expensive it all is, staring out of the window at passing helicopters, no doubt carrying yet more bleeding pigs.

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Customer Reviews for Bleeding Heart Bistro

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“A decent bistro restaurant hidden away in a little courtyard with a nice little al fresco section (although it is right next to the bins). If you're not keen to be part of the business lunch crowd, I'd recommend a visit around 2pm when it's probably quite romantic (and quiet). A great wine list, and enjoyable French specialities.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (9 years 2 months 12 days ago)

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The Bistro offers both traditional and modern French fare.

Updated 21/07/2011


Our award-winning wine list has for the past nine years been named by the prestigious Wine Spectator, regarded globally as the wine connoisseurs bible, as being "one of the best in the world".
With more than 450 wines form all over the world, including selection from our own vineyard in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, the Bleeding Heart Wine List is regulary expanded and updated.

Updated 21/07/2011

Bleeding Heart Bistro Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:30pm

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: French
  • Average Price: £30.00
  • Dress Code: Smart but casual
  • Group: Bleeding Heart

Special offers, discounts and deals at Bleeding Heart Bistro

Bistro Set Menu 2 courses for £19.50 or 3 courses for £24

Type: Eat out from £10 to £20, From £20 to £30, Lunch Special Offer
Date: 03 Jan, 2020 - 20 Nov, 2020
Day(s): Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: n/a

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