Finally! January is over and whilst things may be still a little financially tight for many, we can go back to some sort of routine to meet friends who are neither hibernating or drying off for January. One trend that seems to have spread amongst Soho eateries is the off-peak lunch deal. I first discovered this when researching smart, almost luxurious lunches but without the price-tag. The latest discovery has to be The Wine Bar at Fortnum & Mason, where the Grand Dame of Piccadilly is offering pasta of the day with a glass of red or white wine for £14.50pp between 12-3pm, Monday to Friday. Now, that is a little taste of luxury if I had ever heard of one!

For pasta and pizza lovers, Cecconi’s Pizza Bar on Old Compton Street is a must visit for a little indulgence, however between 12-4pm, Monday to Friday they offer a plate of pasta or pizza plus a wine, beer of soft drink for £10. Or, for something a little lighter, this can be swapped for a small plate – or chichetti – and a small salad plus drink for the same price. I’ve eaten here a number of times with this lunch special and it has never disappointed.


Rambla is Soho’s latest addition for fantastic, moorish and delicious Catalonian tapas and dishes. Whilst they do not stick to the above Plate + Glass, they do offer a sensational two or three course lunch, plus a glass of wine and a coffee for £15 and £18 respectively. Available Monday to Sunday, 12-4pm I have yet to try this however, I won’t be waiting long as their braised oxtail canelones are renowned.


Duck Soup is a Soho institution serving honest, natural and organic produce in an informal setting. An interesting fusion between Spanish, Italian and good old Blighty, I recently had a long lunch here with a friend after quite a long time of last visiting however, it wasn’t cheap to explore the menu. However, their weekly (Monday-Friday) lunch specials include a glass of wine or a soft drink for £10. Do phone ahead for timings, but you won’t be disappointed, but you can pin ahead with their website to see what the offering is.

Do you know of any more? Have you tried any of the above? Do let me know by Tweeting me @LSOFD


Written by Danhasbyoliver

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