The Quality Chop House

88-94 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3EA

To book call:
0207 278 1452

Restaurant & Bar
Monday – Saturday
12–3pm / 6-11pm


The Quality Chop House is a Restaurant, Butchers & Shop on Farringdon Road just around the corner from Exmouth Market. The restaurant was opened in 1869 and has been 'The Quality Chop House' ever since.  We took it over in 2012, restoring it to its former glory.  We serve predominantly British, locally-sourced and sustained food.

In June 2016 we were ranked 25th in the 2016 Top 100 Restaurants in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards.

Our Grade-II listed dining room is still configured to its original design from 1869 with the original bench booths for parties of 3-6. Next door we have another beautiful room with plenty of individual tables for 2. The same menu is available in both rooms.

We are open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday, and for lunch on Sunday.


We take reservations for lunch and dinner.

To make a reservation please call 0207 278 1452

If you are interested in a table for more than 6, we have a lovely private dining room that seats up to 10.  For more information please see the Private Room page.

Our Menus

We write our menus daily based around the best produce delivered every morning.

We offer an a la carte menu at every service.  In addition to this, we also offer the following: 

At dinner we offer a £44 set menu to be shared by the whole table. 

On Tuesday evenings we serve a selection of steaks.

On Sundays we serve a splendid Sunday roast.


We have around 75 wines which we feel reflect the world’s most interesting wine regions and styles - old, new, established, iconoclastic, white, red, pink, orange... We do not have a specific focus and we are a broad church. 

At the lower end of our list our wines have been sourced from small producers and smaller, lesser well-known importers. At the top we hope to represent some of the world’s best wines and winemakers at very good prices.

We publish a new wine list every month and search up and down the UK and beyond for old gems hidden away in forgotten cellars to put on our list which you might not see elsewhere. We are yet to print a list without a spelling mistake.

In 2014 we were named ‘Best Small Wine List In Europe’ by The World of Fine Wine magazine.  We also offer several special fine wines by the glass using the Coravin wine preservation system.

On Mondays we waive our standard £20 corkage fee. However, this does not apply in December.


Our guiding principle is to source the best produce available and to treat it with the upmost respect.  Where possible we use British ingredients, but taste and integrity are the most important things. 

We think carefully about how to get as much as possible from these ingredients. This applies as much when we make game tea from the bones of the birds that we serve, as it does to turning the buttermilk left over from making our own butter into panna cottas, marinades for meat, or dressings for salads.  

We’ve worked hard to forge relationships with our suppliers, trusted for the quality and authenticity of their produce. They share our love of good food, and almost without exception they are incredibly nice people.  

We work with small farms across the UK, wherever possible sourcing directly from farmers.  This allows us the freedom to choose animals on the basis of the things that matter to us, such as fat content, fat marbling, age, aging etc.  We get our charcuterie from Elliot and Alison at The Ham and Cheese Co.  

Most of our fish comes from father and son team Chris and Dylan Bean of Kernosashimi from Trecoose in Cornwall.  They run a small collective of day boats which go out before dawn, using sustainable methods such as gill–nets and jigs. 

Under the guidance of expert baker Ben Glazier, we bake our own sourdough loaves. We take a rye starter, incorporate white and wholemeal flours, and also some scalded spelt which adds a lovely sweetness. The result is a slightly sour, but not overly acidic, well-hydrated sourdough that highlights the beautiful characterises of the rare-breed and organic grains, stone-milled by Gilchester Organics in Northamptonshire, that we use.

Fruit and veg
We pride ourselves on working with as many independent farmers and growers as possible: people such as Brogdale Farm in Kent, The Good Earth Growers in Cornwall, and The Tomato Stall in the Isle of Wight.  Our focus is on using British produce, but we don’t limit ourselves.  We also hunt down the best that Europe has to offer; Perigord truffles; Amalfi lemons and French salsify.

Most of our cheese comes from the venerable Neal’s Yard Dairy who work with around 40 independent farmhouse cheesemakers across the UK and Ireland. Our milk and cream comes from Geoff and Kim at Ivy House Dairy in Somerset, a small family-run farm making the finest organic Jersey milk products.  The raw unpasteurised Guernsey cream that we use to make our own butter comes from husband and wife team Dave and Rosie of Hurdelbrook Farm in Somerset.

Our ethos
We write our menus daily so that we can work in sync with the seasons, and even the daily changes within those seasons.  Sea kale may be there one day and gone the next, the same is true of woodcock.   A spate of bad weather can ground our fishermen’s boats for a few days, and it makes perfect sense to us that our menus should reflect this.  This approach also allows much-valued feedback from our guests to guide the menu, so please do get in touch to talk to us about your experience.


88-94 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3EA

Restaurant: 020 7278 1452
Butchers & Shop: 0203 490 6228  

Restaurant & Bar
Monday – Saturday

Butchers & Shop 
Open 7 days a week 

For private room enquiries

For press enquiries  

For jobs

For shop enquiries

We are on Farringdon Road, just around the corner from Exmouth Market.

Our nearest tube is Farringdon, which is an appetite-inducing 5–10 minute walk up Farringdon Road towards Kings Cross.

For a map of how to get to us from Farringdon station please click here

Alternatively, Chancery Lane and Kings Cross are both a 10–15 minute walk away.

The easiest way to reach us from central London may well be by bus. The 19 and 38 both stop around the corner on Exmouth Market and the 63 goes past our front door.


We are currently looking for the following positions to join our team:

- Waiter
- Shop Assistant

...and we are always keen to hear from interesting, passionate and talented people.

Please email your CV or give us a call to discuss an opportunity with us. 

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