French dining in London: Angelus

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Angelus restaurant and lounge (4 Bathhurst Street, London W2 2SD; tel. 020 7402 0083) is a smart yet laid-back, serving seasonal, French style cuisine in the heart of Bayswater.

Saddle of rabbit wrapped in pancetta, braised leeks, linguine, black truffle and jus au naturel. The dish is served at Angelus restaurant in London.
Saddle of rabbit wrapped in pancetta, braised leeks, linguine, black truffle and jus au naturel. The dish is served at Angelus restaurant in London.

“You can come and have whatever you like with whoever you want; we don’t see, we don’t hear. It can be pleasure, it can be business, it can be seven days a week. Just come and relax…Chill out, have a nice bottle of wine and a good laugh… voilà,” says owner Thierry Tomasin with a dose of Gallic charm.

Thierry Tomasin, the owner of Angelus restaurant in London, England.
Thierry Tomasin, the owner of Angelus restaurant in London, England.

Tomasin is a master sommelier and opened Angelus in 2005 on the premises of what was once a pub. It’s said that Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, used to slip by from time to time for drinks.

The chic back room of Angelus is still used to serve beverages. It’s now a lounge. In it you can see the bell rung to call Thierry back to his family home when he was out playing around his family home near Toulouse in southern France.

The kitchen at Angelus restaurant and lounge in London.
The kitchen at Angelus restaurant and lounge in London.

Angelus’s lunchtime menu changes on a weekly basis, every Wednesday, so there’s little point in waxing lyrical about the delicious dishes devoured by the mannedup team. By the time you get here the offerings will have changed. The menu is served from 12 noon until 6.00pm every day of the week. Two courses are priced at £22. Three cost £27, including petits fours and coffee, tea or infusions.

A plate of slow cooked beef cheeks, savora mash, rainbow kale and celeriac straw. The dish is served at Angelus restaurant in London.
A plate of slow cooked beef cheeks, savora mash, rainbow kale and celeriac straw. The dish is served at Angelus restaurant in London.

The a la carte menu is changed every six weeks or so, keeping it seasonal, with many of the ingredients used being sourced from British farms.

A dessert of Prune d'Agen soufflé, rum and raisin ice cream, served at Angelus restaurant in London.
A dessert of Prune d’Agen soufflé, rum and raisin ice cream, served at Angelus restaurant in London.

“Instead of going to France come to Angelus! You’re in the middle of London, not Parisian je ne se quoi but more south of France. Voilà. We’re open all day long. That, to me, is what it’s all about. If you fancy something to eat at ten in the morning or eleven at night, or three in the afternoon – a coffee, a glass of wine, ten course or just an egg Benedict – then welcome to us, seven days a week,” says Tomasin with conviction and a smile.

Thierry Tomasin, the owner of Angelus restaurant in London.
Thierry Tomasin, the owner of Angelus restaurant in London.

5 Comments

  1. Teresa Smithson says:

    I just wanted to send you a quick message here instead of calling you. I LOVE this website. Any chance you’ll take a guest post from me?

  2. Great to stumble across your site. Consequently, I enjoyed a very good meal with my wife at this restaurant. Thank you.

  3. Tamara Parker says:

    I ate here and loved it. Good shout!

  4. Elisa Brown says:

    Angelus proved a great place to treat my man.

  5. Andrea Wallace says:

    I took my boyfriend to Angelus after reading about the restaurant here. Service was excellent and the food very good.

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