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

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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:

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