Polpo at Wilderness Festival

POLPO is delighted to be joining Wilderness Festival this year to create a decadent Venetian banquet in the Oxfordshire countryside.

The festival will run from the 8th to the 11th of August and we will be hosting our banquet at lunch and dinner on Saturday 10th August.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

About Polpo

The first Polpo opened on Beak Street in September 2009.  It is a lovely and remarkable coincidence that the building was once home to the Venetian painter Canaletto.  There is a blue plaque on the wall to commemorate this. Polpo Covent Garden opened on Maiden Lane in June 2011 and Polpo Smithfield opened on Cowcross Street in August 2012.

Polpo is a bàcaro.  This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines.  When it first opened, this is what people said about it:

“Polpo is the hottest table in town”
– Marina O’Loughlin, METRO

“This is simply the best value in the West End”
– AA Gill, Sunday Times

“Brilliant”
– Jay Rayner, The Observer

“This one’s a winner for sure”
– David Sexton, Evening Standard

“It is inspiring when done this well’
– Rose Prince, Daily Telegraph

“One of the most exciting eateries to open in London”
– Richard Vines, Bloomberg

Polpo has received the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand for the last three consecutive years and was awarded 2 Rosettes in the AA Guide for Culinary Excellence 2012-2013

 

Christmas bookings

We are now taking Christmas bookings.

Whether you are looking to host a festive sit-down meal or a large drinks party, Polpo has the options to help you celebrate Christmas. We take bookings on tables of 8 people or more for a sit-down meal and offer a variety of set menu options. We have several bars available for private hire, which can accomodate up to 30 people. Whole restaurant hire is also available.

Please email events@polpo.co.uk or call 020 7287 1152 for bookings and information.

Covent Garden

Polpo Covent Garden
6 Maiden Lane
London WC2E 7NA
020 7836 8448

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
Noon - 11.30pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays:
Noon - 10.30pm

Soho

Polpo Soho
41 Beak Street
London W1F 9SB
020 7734 4479

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
Noon - 11pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays:
Noon - 4pm

Smithfield

Polpo Smithfield
3 Cowcross Street
London EC1M 6DR
020 7250 0034

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
Noon - 11pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays:
Noon - 4pm

Polpetto

Polpetto
11 Berwick Street
London W1F 0PL
020 7439 8627

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
Noon - 11pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays:
Noon - 4pm

Reservations

Polpo is open all day.  We take reservations for lunch but not in the evening.  People often ask us why.  Here is why:

At lunchtime, our restaurants are mostly business/meeting destinations.  Most people come to meet friends or business contacts and need to know that they can have lunch at a specific time, get back to work, go shopping or pick the children up from school.

In the evening, it’s playtime.  Things are a lot more relaxed, we turn the music up and the lights down and to preserve the essential informality of the Polpo experience, we don’t take bookings.  You simply turn up and we sit you down, on arrival if we can, or shortly afterwards if all the tables are full.

Our bar seats, by the way, are always first-come, first-served.  So even if we are fully booked at lunchtime, please do turn up for the (whisper it) best seats in the house.

(If you are a LARGE PARTY (8, 9 or 10) and you absolutely MUST have a reservation in the evening for you and your party, then please remember that Polpo Covent Garden and Polpo Smithfield do take bookings in the evening for large groups.  For large bookings call our restaurants directly).

Polpo Soho: 020 7734 4479
Polpo Covent Garden: 020 7836 8448
Polpo Smithfield: 020 7250 0034

 

For private hire of the Campari bar at Polpo Soho, the Aperol bar at Polpo Covent Garden, or the Negroni bar at Polpo Smithfield, please email events@polpo.co.uk  

Menu

CICHETI  
Arancini 3
Potato & Parmesan crocchette 4
Smoked salmon, beetroot & horseradish 3
Taleggio & kale pesto crostini 3
Grilled fennel & white anchovy 4
Chopped liver crostini 4
Cicheti plate (one of each) 10
   
PIZZETTE  
Bianca 6
Smoked salmon, capers & dill 7
Spinach, Parmesan & soft egg 8
Tenderstem broccoli, chilli & garlic 7
Cured pork shoulder & pickled pepper 8
   
BREADS  

Prosciutto, mozzarella & basil bruschetta

7
Sardinian flatbread, lardo, walnuts 
   & cracked black pepper 7
Grilled focaccia, olive oil 3
MEATBALLS  
Classic beef & pork 6
Spicy pork & fennel 6
Lamb & mint 7
Chick pea, spinach & ricotta 6
Meatballs & spaghettini 9
Piadina meatball smash 9
   
FISH  
Fritto misto 9
Prawn & artichoke linguine, bottarga 8
Loch Duart salmon tartare, horseradish
     & carta di musica 7
Mussels, clams, monk's beard 8
Braised octopus, Treviso & borlotti
   
MEAT  
Duck, blood orange & fennel salad 7
Rabbit ragu, black olives & gnocchi 8
Pork belly, radicchio & hazelnuts 9
Sliced flank steak, rocket & Parmesan 10
Cured buffalo meats & mozzarella 14
   
VEGETABLES & SALADS  
Italian chicory & anchovy dressing 6
Castelfranco, red onion & pine nuts 6
Fennel, almond & curly endive     6
Market greens 5
Roast potatoes & rosemary 5
   
DESSERTS  
Affogato al caffè 3
Gelato cone 4
Flourless orange & almond cake 6
Tiramisù pot 5
Nutella pizzetta
6
Rhubarb & pistachio pannacotta 6
Neal's Yard cheese of the day 8
   
SWEET THINGS  
Chocolate salami 4
Ricotta crumble 4
A glass of Moscato Moncucco,  
     Fontanafredda 2011 4
   
   
   
   
   
Indicative menu - subject to change  

Wine

House 75cl 50cl 25cl
POLPO Bianco, Garganega 2012 18 12 6
POLPO Rosso, Corvina 2012 18 12 6
       
White 75cl 50cl 25cl
 

 
Sauvignon Blanc, Poeta 2012 20 13 7
Chardonnay, Villa Lucia 2010 21 14 7
Inzolia, Legato 2011
24 16 8
Falerio, Saladini 2011 25 17 9
Pinot Grigio, Furlane 2012 26 17 
Custoza, Monte del Frá 2012 28 19 10
Gavi di Gavi, Manenti 2012 31 21 11
Ribolla, Paolo Valle 2011 33 22 12
Sylvaner, Isarco 2011 34 - -
Chardonnay, Antinori Bramito 2011 49 - -
Soave Classico, 'La Rocca' Pieropan 2010 58 -
       
 


Pink 75cl 50cl 25cl
Chiaretto, Monte del Frá 2012 27 18 





Red 75cl 50cl 25cl
       
Merlot, Valle 2011 20 13 7
Montepulciano, Fiori 2012 22 15  8
Barbera, Riva Leone 2011 25 17 9
Refosco, Ponte del Diavolo 2011 27 18 10
Rosso Piceno, Saladini 2011 28 19 10
Valpolicella Classico, La Giaretta 2012 31 20 11
Teroldego Riserva Mezzacorona 2009    36 24 12
Nero d'Avola, Tenuta di Fessina 2011 39 - -
Dolcetto d’Alba, G.D Vajra 2011 42 - -
Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena 2010 59 - -
Amarone Classico, La Giaretta 2008 67 - -
       
(12½cl glass available)      
       
Prosecco & Champagne  75cl 50cl 12½cl
"POLPO" Prosecco Brut, NV
30 20 
Prosecco Col Vetoraz Extra Dry, 2011 38  - -
Cavicchioli Lambrusco  25    
Jacquesson Champagne Cuvée 736 66
       
Sweet   50cl 7½cl
Moscato Moncucco Fontanafredda 2011    27  4

Other Drinks

Beer  
   
Birra Moretti  (33cl)
   
Non Alcoholic Cocktails  
   
MGM
Elderflower, ginger beer, lemon
3
Rock Shandy
Lemonade, fresh lime, angostura bitters
3
Green Ice Tea
Green tea, mint, apple, elderflower

   
Minerals and Juice  
   
Thirsty Planet Still or Sparkling (75cl)    
Pellegrino Bitter Orange/Lemon (33cl) 3
Coke / Diet Coke (33cl) 3
San Bitter Dry / San Bitter Red / Crodino 3
Juices 2


Some Cocktails

 
   
Aperol or Campari Spritz
Campari or Aperol, white wine, soda
6
   
Americano
Campari, sweet vermouth, soda
6
   
Negroni
Beefeater, Campari, sweet vermouth
7
   
Negroni Sbagliato
Campari, sweet vermouth, Prosecco
   
Vodka Mule
Wyborowa, lime juice, ginger beer
7
   
Sweet Martini
Beefeater, sweet vermouth, lemon twist
7
   
Amaro Manhattan
Four Roses, Amaro Montenegro, orange bitters
   
Cynar Gin Fizz
Cynar, Beefeater, lemon juice & Prosecco
7
   
Dark & Stormy
Havana Club, lime juice & ginger beer
7
   
Gin & Campari Old Fashioned
Beefeater 24, Campari, grapefruit bitters & lemon zest
8

The Campari Bar

Each of our three restaurants has a basement bar.  The bars are a great clandestine destination in their own right for drinks and a snack, or as a handy place to hang out while you are waiting for your friends to join you.


THE CAMPARI BAR
This is situated below the restaurant in the basement of Polpo Soho on Beak Street.  The walls of exposed brick are peppered with original Campari advertisements from different eras of the twentieth century.  A simple menu of hot and cold cichèti (Venetian bar snacks) is available along with a full cocktail and wine list. The Campari Bar is open from 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. 


PRIVATE HIRE
Each of the three bars is available for exclusive hire at lunch, dinner or for drinks parties.  Please speak to Izzy at head office on 020 7287 1152 or email her at events@polpo.co.uk

The Aperol Bar

Each of our three restaurants has a basement bar. The bars are a great clandestine destination in their own right for drinks and a snack, or as a handy place to hang out while you are waiting for your friends to join you.


THE APEROL BAR
This is our airiest bar and, unusually for a basement, is blessed with daylight, thanks to a cunning double-height skylight pointing to the skies above Covent Garden.  The full menu is available at all times and the Aperol Bar is host, once a month, to our popular wine club.  


PRIVATE HIRE
Each of the three bars is available for exclusive hire at lunch, dinner or for drinks parties.  Please speak to Izzy at head office on 020 7287 1152 or email her at events@polpo.co.uk

The Negroni Bar

Each of our three restaurants has a basement bar. The bars are a great clandestine destination in their own right for drinks and a snack, or as a handy place to hang out while you are waiting for your friends to join you.


THE NEGRONI BAR
Beneath the Smithfield restaurant, past the glowing neon sign, you will find the Negroni Bar.  The Victorian glazed walls (this was once a storage facility for the nearby meat market) and 120 year-old bar are the slightly naughty destination of many a Negroni connoisseur.  Other drinks are available, as are tasty bar snacks, but it would be churlish to ignore the signs and order anything other than the perfect ménage-a-trois of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari.


PRIVATE HIRE
Each of the three bars is available for exclusive hire at lunch, dinner or for drinks parties.  Please speak to Izzy at head office on 020 7287 1152 or email her at events@polpo.co.uk

Eno Wine Club


 

2014 sees the return of WineChap's popular Big Breakfast Tastings & Polpo EnoClub, now united in a new venue, The Ape & Bird Public House in Soho.

To book a place please call the restaurant on 020 7836 3119 and quote WINECHAP.


When: Saturday 1st march 2014, 11am - 1pm
Where: The Ape & Bird | 142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8HJ
Price: £49 pp


"The Big Fortified Breakfast"

Following in the footsteps of Lord Byron whose preferred morning repast was a brace of grouse & a pint of Port. Start your Saturday in the company of WineChap with fine sherries, ports & madeira complemented by a special menu from Tom Oldroyd including smoked mackerel & horseradish, pigs trotter scotch eggs, wild mushrooms on toast and devilled sausages.


Truly the breakfast for those mad, bad & dangerous to know, join us for the inaugural session on March 3rd at 11am.

Polpo Cookbook

POLPO - A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) is published by Bloomsbury and includes 140 recipes from the restaurant accompanied by luminescent photography by Jenny Zarins.

It chronicles Russell Norman's inspiration for the restaurants and his culinary journey to Venice's back-street wine bars and bacari in search of the authentic flavours of the city and region.

It was awarded Waterstones Book of the Year 2012.

Look at it and buy it here or in our restaurants.

Little Film

Our Friends

Our Charities

We are currently contributing to Great Ormond Street Hospital, NSPCC, Water Aid, Amnesty, Venice In Peril, Action Against Hunger and Street Smart.

 

Employment

We are always looking for great people for all our restaurants. Please email us here with your CV for employment opportunities. We like these three qualities:

  1. Very good attitude and a big smile
  2. Very good command of spoken English
  3. Some experience (but not essential)

Alternatively, pop into one of the restaurants and drop off your CV with one of the managers.

Click here to download our application form.

Twitter

Please follow us @PolpoSoho.

You may also like @Spuntino, @MishkinsWC2, @ApeandBird & @PolpettoW1.

Other Restaurants

As well as the Polpo restaurants, we also have Mishkin's and Spuntino. Please visit them too. They are fun.

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