Clos Maggiore – Covent Garden
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Covent Garden is filled with so many restaurants coming and going it’s hard to keep track, but Clos Maggiore has been on a side street of the main square for decades, quietly serving customers pre and post theatre dinners and its first floor room can be hired as a private dining room.
This is the kind of place that looks tiny from outside but opens up the minute you walk in. The ground floor reception area is the width of the restaurant and quite slim, decked out in red leather banquettes and oversize hanging lampshade which somehow make it feel like a carriage in the Orient Express. The glass cabinets which lead into the main restaurant house fine Cognacs and Armagnacs and there’s low red lighting adding to the feeling of warmth and cosiness about the place.
The private dining room is up the stairs, flanked by walls are adorned with framed wine awards, and a beautiful orchid display. The floors creak in a world-weary yet welcoming way. These stairs, you get the feeling, have seen it all before.
The private dining room is partitioned from the landing by a striking wooden wine rack – with rare bottles and jeroboams of wine on display. One of the USP’s of Clos Maggiore is its multi- award winning wine list and the fact it houses HRH, the Duke of Windsor’s late collection – which is of great interest to guests given the success of the film “The King’s Speech” (The Duke was the party-mad one who abdicated to marry Mrs Simpson – not Colin Firth).
The room has the feel of someone’s private drawing room, complete with decor double doors, plush rust-coloured sash curtains and interesting sketches. The restaurant’s aura of homely warmth is enhanced by the roaring fire on the go during colder months.
The stripped floorboards are complemented by comfy brown armchairs, spotless white linen on the tables, silver salvers for wine bottles and light jazz music playing faintly in the background.
There’s seating for up to 23 guests in a C (18 boardroom style) or around 30 for a reception.
There’s no room hire charge, just the cost of food and beverages which covers the minimum spend. Head chef Marcellin Marc, formerly of the two Michelin starred Clos de la Violette, cooks French Provençale inspired dishes with a modern twist.
The private 3 course lunch menu is priced at £40, dinner at £50, the tasting menu at £65 and the tasting menu with wine pairing at £105.
We also offer a premium tasting menu at the price of £85 or a premium dinner menu also at £85 and all menus offer vegetarian and vegan options.