A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
If you’re looking for top-notch food and a family-friendly atmosphere, visit Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar, says Sam Rogg
ophie’s Steakhouse & Bar has been raising the steaks for more than a decade. Opened in 2002 in Chelsea and in 2008 in Covent Garden, by lifelong friends Sophie Bathgate and Rupert Power, the aim was simple: to create a friendly steakhouse with a focus on quality ingredients, value for money and fun. Today the restaurant offers some of London’s finest steaks, including succulent beef cuts alongside fresh fish, barbecue ribs and salads.
Surrounded by some of London’s greatest theatres, Sophie’s is the ideal spot for pre-theatre dining. Now available every day, the menu’s mains include a classic hamburger, Sam’s mac and cheese and a steak frites, while desserts include crème brûlée, cheesecake and chocolate mousse. After you find that your night out does not have to break the bank, you will be asking for an encore – you can enjoy two courses for £15 and three courses for £18 (available noon-7pm; after 10pm).
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Children will love the meal deal that comes with great-tasting dishes, while parents will love the fact that the cost is only £7.
What do you call a cow in an earthquake? A milkshake! These are just some of the jokes children can enjoy, along with a quiz on beef, when they ask for the Kids’ Menu. Mains include fisherman’s pie, grilled chicken breast and barbecue mini pork ribs, while desserts are three different flavours of ice cream – strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavour – served in homemade waffle cones. Proving that the restaurant is child-friendly, you can’t get better than a free traditional roast on a Sunday, which is served with giant Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and vegetables. Meanwhile, big kids can indulge in the Chef Cuts, which are large cuts of native-breed British beef, aged and butchered in house – the most popular is a 35oz Porterhouse.
FARM TO PLATE
‘We’re all about British, locally sourced food here – we get most of our meat from Sophie’s family farm,’ says general manager Emily Sparling. Other locally sourced produce include vegetables and eggs. Indeed, this is just one of the secrets to Sophie’s success: a farm-to-plate concept that starts with meat sourced in Devon, Cornwall and Sophie’s own farm. ‘Sophie grew up on a farm in Oxfordshire – we still get quite a lot of our meat from there,’ says Emily. ‘All the cows are Aberdeen Angus, which is quite something. We take our staff there regularly to see how it all works.’
‘A lot of love goes into our steaks, from the minute the meat arrives to the moment we serve it to our customers,’ says Emily of the process, which includes resting the meat before it’s ready to serve.
WELL WORTH A VISIT
With its spacious setting, laid-back atmosphere and delicious dishes, Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar is well worth visiting. ‘It’s not your standard dining experience,’ explains Emily. ‘It’s more like: “We’re having a big party, come and join in.” That’s our vibe.’ And on a visit to London, that’s just the kind of vibe you want. 29-31 Wellington St, WC2E 7DB. T: 020-7836 8836. www.sophiessteakhouse.co.uk
Sophie’s Steakhouse interior; preparing the steaks; a delicious martini Inset: general manager Emily Sparling Clockwise from main: