Belgo

With affordable prices and one of the largest selections of Belgian beers in the UK, it is easy to see why Belgo draws such a crowd.

Where? 50 Earlham Street/29b Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LJ

Mood? Boisterous and lively

Why go? Deep below the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden lies a den of industrial delight. The décor is steely and, at first, feels uninviting, but the staff could not be more welcoming and the presence on many nights of the week of lively parties makes the atmosphere light and fun. With one of the largest selections of Belgian beers in the UK and a menu full of stocky, traditional meals, all at affordable prices, it is easy to see why Belgo draws such a crowd.

To eat? Best known for its vast selection of mussel pots and platters, you won’t be disappointed by both Belgo’s traditional and more experimental recipes. The Thai green curry mussels, for instance, come perfectly cooked with a fresh and tasty sauce. For those who aren’t shellfish fans, you can choose from a huge range of alternative options including Belgian sausages, rotisserie chicken and delicious melt-in-your-mouth steaks. Quick tip: make sure you leave room for dessert; the menu is vast and its offerings not to be missed!

To drink? Make use of the expert knowledge of your waiter. Trained to an exceptionally high standard, they’ll make sure you have a Belgian beer matched to each of your courses. (If you are really unsure, you can have tasters before committing to your choice!) If you are not partial to beer, then perhaps you might like to try one of the yard measures of schnapps shots? Choose from a wide range of different flavours and have them served in individual glasses stacked in a wooden rack and delivered to your table.

Need to know? Sticking to the beer theme, if you are a connoisseur, you may like to know that Belgo has three Bierodromes dedicated to providing a huge variety of dark, white and fruit beers. Like wine tasting? Why not take it one step further and learn how to get the most from your beer at a Belgo beer seminar.

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