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Bleeding Heart Bistro

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published July 15th 2013
A place for history (and wine, lots of wine)

These Bleeding Heart places require a bit of effort to find - but you'll be pleased you made the effort...

The place I'm going to tell you about is the Bistro, thanks to the history of Bleeding Heart Yard, but be aware that there are more venues - including a Tavern and a Crypt, to choose from.

The legend has it that the Yard was so-named thanks to a society Lady being found decapitated in the yard, her blood pumping into the cobbles from a still beating heart. Don't expect anything so gruesome these days though, as the Bleeding Heart chain of venues are really rather inviting.

Expect to find fine French food, and delicious wines from a more than generous wine list, set in venues which really inspire. The Crypt is one such place, a 600 year old venue which originally held the three-day wedding ceremony of King Henry the Eighth (well one of them anyway...)

Should you wish to come as a group, consider the Prix Fixe Menu - a great way to try some of the great food on offer without breaking the bank.

All in all, a fantastic set of venues, with a back story that intrigues- backed up by an amazing wine list - now all you have to do is find the places...

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Why? If you don't come for the atmosphere, come for the wine
When: The Tavern opens from 7am Mon-Fri for breakfast; most are open for lunch (to around 3pm); the Restaurant and Bistro open 6pm to 10.30pm Mon to Fri (with the Bistro open on Sat too)
Phone: 020 7242 2056/8238
Where: mainly based around Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8SJ
Cost: Special offers and Prix Fixe menus keep the prices down - otherwise moderate to slightly expensive
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