Polpo at Wilderness Festival

POLPO is delighted to be joining Wilderness Festival this year to create a decadent Venetian banquet in the Oxfordshire countryside.

The festival will run from the 8th to the 11th of August and we will be hosting our banquet at lunch and dinner on Saturday 10th August.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Polpo Christmas & New Year Opening

POLPO Soho, Covent Garden & Notting Hill.

  • 24th December open for lunch only
  • 25th & 26th December closed
  • 27th-31st December open as usual
  • 1st January closed
  • 2nd January open as usual

New Year’s Eve – we will be taking bookings.

Please call to book on:

  • Polpo Soho – 020 7734 4479
  • Polpo Notting Hill – 020 7229 3283
  • Polpo Covent Garden – 020 7836 8448.

Polpo Smithfield will be open for lunch on Wednesday 24th and will be closed through until the 2nd January.

Happy Christmas & New Year!

About Polpo

The first Polpo opened on Beak Street in September 2009. It is a lovely and remarkable coincidence that the building was once home to the Venetian painter Canaletto. There is a blue plaque on the wall to commemorate this. Polpo Covent Garden opened on Maiden Lane in June 2011, Polpo Smithfield opened on Cowcross Street in August 2012 and Polpo Notting Hill opened on Notting Hill Gate in June 2014.

Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines. When it first opened, this is what people said about it:

“Polpo is the hottest table in town”
– Marina O’Loughlin, METRO

“This is simply the best value in the West End”
– AA Gill, Sunday Times

“Brilliant”
– Jay Rayner, The Observer

“This one’s a winner for sure”
– David Sexton, Evening Standard

“It is inspiring when done this well’
– Rose Prince, Daily Telegraph

“One of the most exciting eateries to open in London”
– Richard Vines, Bloomberg

Polpo has received the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand for the last five consecutive years and was awarded 2 Rosettes in the AA Guide for Culinary Excellence 2013-2014

Christmas bookings

We are now taking Christmas bookings.

Whether you are looking to host a festive sit-down meal or a large drinks party, Polpo has the options to help you celebrate Christmas. We take bookings on tables of 8 people or more for a sit-down meal and offer a variety of set menu options. We have several bars available for private hire, which can accomodate up to 30 people. Whole restaurant hire is also available.

Please email events@polpo.co.uk or call 020 7287 1152 for bookings and information.

Events private dining

Our restaurants are open all day. We take reservations for lunch for any sized party and in the evening for groups of 8 or more. For reservations for tables of 8+, or for private hire of any of our bars or restaurants, please contact Izzy England on events@polpo.co.uk.

Polpo Smithfield, Soho & Covent Garden all have basement bars that are available for hire at lunch, dinner or for drinks parties. The bars are a great clandestine destination in their own right for drinks and a snack, or as a handy place to hang out while you are waiting for your friends to join you.



POLPO SOHO - THE CAMPARI BAR

This is situated below the restaurant in the basement of Polpo Soho on Beak Street. The walls of exposed brick are peppered with original Campari advertisements from different eras of the twentieth century. A simple menu of hot and cold cichèti (Venetian bar snacks) is available along with a full cocktail and wine list. The Campari Bar can accommodate up to 14 people for a sit down meal, or up to 30 for an informal drinks party.

POLPO COVENT GARDEN - THE APEROL BAR

This is our airiest bar and, unusually for a basement, is blessed with daylight, thanks to a cunning double-height skylight pointing to the skies above Covent Garden. The Aperol Bar can accommodate up to 30 people for an informal drinks party.

POLPO SMITHFIELD - THE NEGRONI BAR

Beneath the Smithfield restaurant, past the glowing neon sign, you will find the Negroni Bar. The Victorian glazed walls (this was once a storage facility for the nearby meat market) and 120 year-old bar are the slightly naughty destination of many a Negroni connoisseur. Other drinks are available, as are tasty bar snacks, but it would be churlish to ignore the signs and order anything other than the perfect ménage-a-trois of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. The Negroni Bar can accommodate up to 30 people for an informal drinks party.

POLPO AT APE & BIRD

POLPO at Ape & Bird can accommodate group bookings and parties for between 8-60 for a sit down meal, or up to 100 for a drinks party.

POLPETTO

Our chef’s table, which is located in a semi-private room overlooking the kitchen, is available for groups of 8-12 people.



All of our restaurants are available for private hire.

Campari bar

Aperol bar

Negroni Bar

Polpo at Ape & Bird

Chefs table

Spritz

A Spritz is a mixture of white wine (sometimes sparkling Prosecco is used), a bitter such as Campari or Aperol and a splash of soda water. The garnish should always be a slice of lemon and sometimes an olive too. Of course, there are many ways to make this drink and you will always find someone with a strong opinion telling you that it must be made this way or it should only ever be made like that… Well, this is how we make ours – using exactly the same recipe as Caffè Rosso in Campo Santa Margherita in Venice.

For one:

  • Ice
  • 1 large green olive, drained of brine
  • 75ml white wine – something simple from Veneto like a Garganega or a Pinot Bianco
  • 50ml either Campari or Aperol
  • Splash of soda water
  • 1 slice of lemon

Take a large tumbler and fill it with ice. Push a large green olive (not one that has been kept in oil) onto the end of a cocktail skewer and pop it in the bottom of the glass. Pour the wine. Pour the Campari or Aperol. Add a short squirt of soda water and then a slice of lemon.

 

Covent Garden

Polpo Covent Garden
6 Maiden Lane
London WC2E 7NA
020 7836 8448

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
Noon - 11.30pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays:
Noon - 10.30pm

Chelsea

Polpo Chelsea
81 Duke of York Square
London SW3 4LY
020 7730 8900

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
10am - 11pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays:
10am - 10.30pm

Notting Hill

Polpo Notting Hill
126-128 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3QG
020 7229 3283

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
Noon - 11pm
Sunday:
Noon - 10.30pm

Soho

Polpo Soho
41 Beak Street
London W1F 9SB
020 7734 4479

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
Noon - 11pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays:
Noon - 10pm

Smithfield

Polpo Smithfield
3 Cowcross Street
London EC1M 6DR
020 7250 0034

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
Noon - 11pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays:
Noon - 4pm

Polpetto

Polpetto
11 Berwick Street
London W1F 0PL
020 7439 8627

Click to see menus | wines | other drinks

Open:
Monday to Saturday:
Noon - 11pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays:
Noon - 4pm

Reservations

Polpo is open all day. We take reservations for lunch but not in the evening. People often ask us why.

At lunchtime, our restaurants are mostly business/meeting destinations. Most people come to meet friends or business contacts and need to know that they can have lunch at a specific time, get back to work, go shopping or pick the children up from school.

In the evening, it’s playtime. Things are a lot more relaxed, we turn the music up and the lights down and to preserve the essential informality of the Polpo experience, we don’t take bookings. You simply turn up and we sit you down, on arrival if we can, or shortly afterwards if all the tables are full.

Our bar seats, by the way, are always first-come, first-served. So even if we are fully booked at lunchtime, please do turn up for the (whisper it) best seats in the house.

If you are a large party of 8 or above and would like a table booking in any of our Polpo restaurants OR if you are interested in private hire of the Campari Bar at Polpo Soho, the Aperol Bar at Polpo Covent Garden, or the Negroni Bar at Polpo Smithfield, please email Izzy - events@polpo.co.uk.

Menu

CICHETI  
Arancini 4
Salt cod crocchette 4
Artichoke & speck crostini 4
Fried stuffed olives 3
Spicy ‘nduja & ricotta crostini 4
Cicheti plate (one of each) 9


PIZZETTE  
Bianca 6
Spinach, Parmesan & soft egg 8
Rustego, chestnut mushroom & ricotta 8
White anchovy & smoked mozzarella 7
Bresaola & rocket 8


BREADS  
Wild mushroom piadina 6
Coppa, peperonata & goat cheese bruschetta 8
Sprouting broccoli, ricotta, chilli & hazelnut bruschetta 7
Grilled focaccia, olive oil 3


MEATBALLS  
Classic beef & pork 6
Spicy pork & fennel 6
Lamb & new season wild garlic 7
Chick pea, spinach & ricotta 6
Meatballs & spaghettini 9
Meatballs "alla Vedova" 7


FISH  
Fritto misto 9
Octopus & fennel carpaccio 8
Cod cheeks, lentils & salsa verde 9
Salmon tartare, horseradish & carta di musica 7
Mackerel agrodolce 7


MEAT  
Ham hock & savoy cabbage 9
Lamb neck, white beans & rosemary 8
Rabbit, apricot & sage terrine 8
Pork belly, radicchio & hazelnuts 9
"Escaped birds" skewers 10


VEGETABLES & SALADS  
Rìsi e bìsi 6
Asparagus, young pecorino & lemon 7
Zucchini, Parmesan & basil 5
Market greens 5
Griddled herbed polenta 5


DESSERTS  
Affogato al caffè 4
Nardini corretto 7
Hot chocolate & esse biscuits 6
Gelato cone 4
Flourless lemon & almond cake 6
Tiramisù pot 5
Nutella pizzetta 6
Aperol sorbet 4
Aperol corretto 7
Neal’s Yard cheese of the day 8


SWEET THINGS  
Chocolate salami 4
Vin Santo cannoli 3
A glass of Royal Tokaji, Late Harvest 2012 6






Indicative menu - subject to change

Wine

House 75cl 50cl 25cl
POLPO Bianco, Garganega 2014 18 12 6
POLPO Rosso, Corvina 2014 18 12 6
White 75cl 50cl 25cl
Sauvignon Blanc, Poeta 2014 21 15 7
Trebbiano, Poderi dal Nespoli 2013 23 15 8
Inzolia, Tasari 2013 24 16 8
Pinot Grigio, Furlane 2013 27 18 9
Grillo Parlante, Fondo Antico 2013 29 19 10
Custoza, Monte del Frá 2013 30 21 11
Vermentino, Poggio del Sasso 2013 31 21 11
Soave Classico, Coffele 2013 32 22 12
Gavi di Gavi, Morgassi 2012 33 23 12
Langhe Bianco, Dragon 2013 40 - -
Pink 75cl 50cl 25cl
Chiaretto, Monte del Frá 2013 27 18 9
Red 75cl 50cl 25cl
Montepulciano, Fiori 2013 22 15 8
Merlot, Valle 2012 24 16 8
Barbera, Riva Leone 2013 26 17 9
Refosco, Ponte del Diavolo 2012 28 18 10
Rosso Piceno, Saladini 2013 29 19 10
Nero d'Avola, Terre di Giumara 2013 31 21 11
Valpolicella Classico, La Giaretta 2013 32 22 11
Shiraz, Villa Cardeto Lazio 2013 36 24 12
Dolcetto d’Alba, G.D Vajra 2013 43 - -
Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena 2012 59 - -
Amarone Classico, La Giaretta 2011 67 - -
 
(12½cl glass available)
Prosecco & Champagne 75cl 50cl 12½cl
"POLPO" Prosecco Brut, NV 30 20 6
Prosecco Col Vetoraz Extra Dry, 2013 40 - -
Cavicchioli Lambrusco 25 17 5
Jacquesson Champagne Cuvée 737 66 - -
Sweet 50cl 7½cl
Royal Tokaji, Late Harvest 2012 36 6

Other Drinks

Beer  
Birra Moretti (33cl)
Non Alcoholic Cocktails  
MGM
Elderflower, ginger beer, lemon
3
Rock Shandy
Lemonade, fresh lime, angostura bitters
3
Green Ice Tea
Green tea, mint, apple, elderflower
Minerals and Juice  
Belu Still or Sparkling (75cl)
Pellegrino Bitter Blood Orange/Lemon (33cl) 3
Coke / Diet Coke (33cl) 3
San Bitter Dry / San Bitter Red / Crodino 3
Juices 2
Some Cocktails  
Bellini
Polpo Prosecco, peach puree
6
Aperol or Campari Spritz
Campari or Aperol, white wine, soda
7
Americano
Campari, sweet vermouth, soda
6
Negroni
Beefeater, Campari, sweet vermouth
7
Negroni Sbagliato
Campari, sweet vermouth, Prosecco
Vodka Mule
Wyborowa, lime juice, ginger beer
Sweet Martini
Beefeater, sweet vermouth, lemon twist
7
Amaro Manhattan
Four Roses, Amaro Montenegro, orange bitters
Cynar Gin Fizz
Cynar, Beefeater, lemon juice & Prosecco
Dark & Stormy
Havana Club, lime juice & ginger beer
Gin & Campari Old Fashioned
Beefeater 24, Campari, grapefruit bitters & lemon zest
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The Campari Bar

Each of our three restaurants has a basement bar. The bars are a great clandestine destination in their own right for drinks and a snack, or as a handy place to hang out while you are waiting for your friends to join you.


THE CAMPARI BAR
This is situated below the restaurant in the basement of Polpo Soho on Beak Street. The walls of exposed brick are peppered with original Campari advertisements from different eras of the twentieth century. A simple menu of hot and cold cichèti (Venetian bar snacks) is available along with a full cocktail and wine list. The Campari Bar is open from 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.


PRIVATE HIRE
Each of the three bars is available for exclusive hire at lunch, dinner or for drinks parties. Please speak to Izzy at head office on 020 7287 1152 or email her at events@polpo.co.uk

The Aperol Bar

Each of our three restaurants has a basement bar. The bars are a great clandestine destination in their own right for drinks and a snack, or as a handy place to hang out while you are waiting for your friends to join you.


THE APEROL BAR
This is our airiest bar and, unusually for a basement, is blessed with daylight, thanks to a cunning double-height skylight pointing to the skies above Covent Garden. The full menu is available at all times.


PRIVATE HIRE
Each of the three bars is available for exclusive hire at lunch, dinner or for drinks parties. Please speak to Izzy at head office on 020 7287 1152 or email her at events@polpo.co.uk

The Negroni Bar

Each of our three restaurants has a basement bar. The bars are a great clandestine destination in their own right for drinks and a snack, or as a handy place to hang out while you are waiting for your friends to join you.


THE NEGRONI BAR
Beneath the Smithfield restaurant, past the glowing neon sign, you will find the Negroni Bar. The Victorian glazed walls (this was once a storage facility for the nearby meat market) and 120 year-old bar are the slightly naughty destination of many a Negroni connoisseur. Other drinks are available, as are tasty bar snacks, but it would be churlish to ignore the signs and order anything other than the perfect ménage-a-trois of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari.


PRIVATE HIRE
Each of the three bars is available for exclusive hire at lunch, dinner or for drinks parties. Please speak to Izzy at head office on 020 7287 1152 or email her at events@polpo.co.uk

Eno Wine Club


2014 sees the return of WineChap's popular Big Breakfast Tastings & Polpo EnoClub, now united in a new venue, The Ape & Bird Public House in Soho.

To book a place please call the restaurant on 020 7836 3119 and quote WINECHAP.


When: Saturday 10th May 2014, 11am - 1pm
Where: The Ape & Bird | 142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8HJ
Price: £49 pp

The Big Bubbly Breakfast

2014 sees the return of WineChap's popular Big Breakfast Tastings & Polpo EnoClub, now united at The Ape & Bird Public House.

Buds are bursting on the vine and the corks are popping at breakfast...

Join us for an effervescent start to the weekend - Prosecco, English Fizz, Champagnes, Lambrusco and Sparkling Shiraz all feature alongside a Spring menu;

Asparagus, poached egg, hollandaise;

Smoked mackerel, cucumber crème fraiche, soda bread;

Tomatoes, herbs, Lincolnshire poacher;

Smoked salmon, dill crumbs, capers;

Crispy lamb shoulder, green sauce

Truly the breakfast for those mad, bad & dangerous to know, join us for the inaugural session on Saturday May 10th at 11am.

Polpo Cookbook

POLPO - A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) is published by Bloomsbury and includes 140 recipes from the restaurant accompanied by luminescent photography by Jenny Zarins.

It chronicles Russell Norman's inspiration for the restaurants and his culinary journey to Venice's back-street wine bars and bacari in search of the authentic flavours of the city and region.

It was awarded Waterstones Book of the Year 2012.

Look at it and buy it here or in our restaurants.

Little Film

Our Friends

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Our Charities

We are currently contributing to Great Ormond Street Hospital, NSPCC, Water Aid, Amnesty, Venice In Peril, Action Against Hunger and Street Smart.

We are always looking for great people for all our restaurants. Please email us here with your CV for employment opportunities. We like these three qualities:

  1. Very good attitude and a big smile
  2. Very good command of spoken English
  3. Some experience (but not essential)

Alternatively, pop into one of the restaurants and drop off your CV with one of the managers.

We are currently recruiting for Front of House staff at Polpo Chelsea.

We are looking for people who have bar and floor experience and a passion for food.

Personal requirements:

To be successful in this role you will need to have experience of working in a busy, lively, London restaurant. You will have an interest in the industry and in developing personally and professionally with the company. You must have an excellent command of spoken and written English, enthusiasm, the ability to smile, an EU passport or valid working visa and good references.

There is room for career growth in this young and dynamic company so if you think you have what it takes to join our team, please apply. We are looking for staff to start immediately.

The Ideal Candidate:

• Team player with strong experience and a desire to learn and grow with the company.
• Excellent service skills
• Ideally knowledge of Italian cuisine
• Ideally some bar knowledge and experience

Please email hello@polpo.co.uk if you would like to apply.

Click here to download our application form.

Twitter

Please follow us @Polpo.

You may also like @Spuntino, @MishkinsWC2, @ApeandBird & @PolpettoW1.

Other Restaurants

As well as the Polpo restaurants, we also have Mishkin's and Spuntino. Please visit them too. They are fun.

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