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The perfect London pre-theatre menu

Author: Hannah
Date: 30.04.24

Ah, the magic of London’s theatre scene. But before the dazzling lights and captivating performances of the west end, there’s the crucial question: where to dine? Enter the pre-theatre menu, a glorious invention designed to tantalise your taste buds and get you to your show on time.

What is a pre-theatre menu?

These special menus are lifesavers for theatre-goers. A pre-theatre menu offers a concise selection of delicious dishes, typically consisting of two or three courses (starter, main course, and sometimes dessert) at a fixed price. This streamlined approach allows you to enjoy a satisfying pre-show meal without the worry of poring over a lengthy menu or waiting on elaborate courses.

Choosing the perfect pre-theatre menu

With a plethora of pre-theatre options in London, how do you pick the right one? Here are some key considerations:

  • Match your taste buds to the menu theme: Consider if the restaurant specialises in your favourite cuisine, or if they offer vegetarian or lighter options if meat isn’t your focus.
  • Price point: Pre-theatre menus typically offer good value, but prices can vary depending on location, cuisine and number of courses. Determine your budget and choose one that fits comfortably.
  • Course options: Some menus offer flexibility within each course, allowing you to choose from a few options so consider if this variety is important to you.
  • Timing: How long does the pre-theatre menu run and when does it run? Make sure it aligns with your showtime, so you won’t be rushing.


Finding the ideal pre-theatre restaurant

Now that you know what to look for in a menu, let’s explore what makes a restaurant a pre-theatre haven:

  • Location: Ideally, the restaurant you choose should be within walking distance of the theatre you’re attending. This minimises travel time and ensures you arrive relaxed and on time.
  • Ambience: Pre-theatre dining is often about efficiency, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing the atmosphere. Look for a place with a lively but efficient service style.
  • Reservations: Many popular pre-theatre spots require reservations, especially on busy nights. Book your table in advance to avoid disappointment.


Flesh & Buns: A pre-theatre paradise

Let’s take a bite out of the perfect pre-theatre experience at Flesh & Buns, a haven for Asian food lovers and those wanting something a bit different. Our dedicated pre-theatre menu is a symphony of flavours with choices for everyone, ensuring a wonderful prelude to your evening’s entertainment.

Starters to set the stage

Kick things off with our signature Korean Fried Wings served in a spicy sour sauce. Alternatively, the Salmon and Avocado Roll offers a delightful combination of salmon, avocado, asparagus and daikon cress served in a crunchy maki roll. For veggies, try the Tenderstem Broccoli served in a tangy orange miso glaze with bubu arare (crispy rice).


Korean Fried Wings

Main acts to savour

For the main course, select from a choice of our famous flesh & buns. The Crispy Duck Leg is perfectly cooked with a lovely plum sauce. If you’re seeking something lighter, the Miso Grilled Aubergine provides a flavourful option that is vegetarian-friendly.

For a non-bun option, our Chicken Teriyaki Poke Don is served in a bed of steamed rice with a rich teriyaki sauce and crunchy vegetables.

Sweet curtain calls

No pre-theatre meal is complete without a touch of sweetness. Choose from any of our fantastic desserts such as our decadent Salted Caramel Chocolate Fondant or our popular S’more where you can toast marshmallows over your table-top fire.

Flesh and buns s'mores

A pre-theatre menu in collaboration with Leicester Square Theatre

We’re pleased to work in partnership with Leicester Square Theatre to offer theatre-goers an exclusive pre-show menu.

Perfect to share between two or small groups, for £25 per person comedy fans can enjoy five courses. The tasting menu will be available at Flesh & Buns Covent Garden, less than a 10-minute walk from Leicester Square Theatre.


Booking for our special Leicester Square Theatre menu can be made by emailing or by enquiring with your host at the restaurant when you visit.

Book now

With Flesh & Buns’ pre-theatre menu, you can savour a delicious meal without the worry of missing a curtain call. With 2 courses for £20 per person, and dessert for an additional £5 per person, our pre-theatre menu is available at both our Oxford Circus and Covent Garden restaurants.

So, gather your fellow theatre enthusiasts, book your pre-show table, and get ready for an unforgettable evening in London!


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