If you are going to see My Fair Lady or Woman in Black -which are both showing at theaters in the Covent Garden area - then Porters is the perfect place to stop for a pre theater dinner. This English Restaurant, owned by the Earl of Bradford, is a wonderful introduction to the best of British cuisine.
I am not trying to pretend that this is gourmet dining, it isn’t nor does it pretend to be. It is much more pub gone yuppie. It is done in wood, brass and green and is a noisy and fun place to eat. You will see families, singles and seniors. It isn’t only tourist either. This is the third time we have eaten here and it is always an enjoyable experience.
The dining rooms are spread out over two floors, one being the lower level. I prefer the lower level because it has some booths. This time we were glad to get a table for four behind the entrance to the stairs because we didn't have a reservation.
We ordered appetizers; I had the breaded mushrooms, which were subtle and very delicious. Bob and Joe had salads. For our Main Course, Al and I both had roast beef and vegetables, which was tender and served with potatoes, carrots and a Yorkshire pudding. Bob and Joe had lamb and apricot pie, it had chunks of lamb and fruit under a flaky crust. Dessert is where they really shine; I had a hot lemon pudding, which has a small cake that oozed a wonderful tart lemon sauce. Bob had the summer pudding, which was absolutely gorgeous, and if I hadn’t just eaten one the night before at Gealles I would have gotten again in a heartbeat. Al's Burnt Trinity Coffee Cream claimed to be the mother of creme brulee. It was way to good.
Service was efficient and when we told our server that we had a show to attend he moved everything along at a good pace.
Take the Picadilly line to Covent Garden. Henrietta St. is across the plaza from where the tube drops you. Henrietta St. is the St. right beyond St. James Church. Go down Henrietta St. more than half way, Porters is on the left.