Review: Bill’s Restaurant in Soho

by Carmen Allan-Petale

Often when you walk into a chain restaurant you can spot it’s one of many because of certain telltale signs. The decor seems neutral and simple. Think Pizza Express. Is there anything remarkable about that restaurant chain’s interior design?

Dave about to tuck into his meal at Bill's Restaurant

Dave about to tuck into his meal at Bill’s Restaurant

Walking into Bill’s Restaurant and it’s an entirely different story. Candles light the room, mismatched wooden furniture decorates the floor and the bar has been fashioned out of large Italian tins of olive oil. It feels unique, it feels like a one off and it feels homely.

But it’s not, and surprisingly I only found out from the website. It’s actually one of 15 restaurants around the UK.

Bill's Restaurant Soho

Hats off to whoever designed Bill’s Restaurant – it feels one-of-a-kind

The decor isn’t the only element that’s homely – the food is too. And delicious. It’s British cuisine with a modern twist, recipes that are the brainchild of owner Bill Collison.

Fish pie - the ultimate homely dish

Fish pie – the ultimate homely dish

Bill’s from Lewes and first started his business as a grocer’s. To this day the restaurant still has a grocery feel to it – you can buy jams, chutneys, chocolate and even beer from stacked shelves and out of wooden crates scattered around the restaurant.

My chocolate brownie - the ultimate indulgence

My chocolate brownie – the ultimate indulgence

His food is simple. I had a prawn cocktail for my entree and two friends and Dave had a mezze sharing platter. I then had mussels with chips and finished with a chocolate brownie and vanilla bean ice cream. My friend had a finger fish sandwich for her main and Dave had a fish pie, followed by pecan pie.

Dave's pecan pie - it disappeared before I could get a taste!

Dave’s pecan pie – it disappeared before I could get a taste!

Although the food isn’t extravagant it is tasty. The prices are pretty delicious too. It came to £28 per person and that was for three courses and one bottle of wine shared between four!

Bill's Restaurant Soho

Fish finger sandwich – simple yet tasty

My mussels - they were big a juicy. The only one annoyance was that a couple were slightly gritty

My mussels – they were big and juicy. The only one annoyance was that a couple were slightly gritty

The candles make the restaurant intimate but the light fixtures give a trendy vibe

The candles make the restaurant intimate but the light fixtures give a trendy vibe

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