OK so it's not often you would ever go to an English restaurant. To be quite honest apart from "fish and chips" or "pie and mash" I'd be hard pushed to tell you what an English restaurant would serve. Because of my partner being Japanese I often find myself eating chunks of raw fish, cooked fish, whole fish with heads on, fish paste, bowls of rice, strange pickles all washed down with miso soup and did I mention fish? Don't get me wrong I love Asian food, but sometimes I crave for something less.... fishy and ricey I suppose. Finding a western restaurant that we both like is difficult!
Actually it's not quite fair to call this an English restaurant as it's classified on London Eating as "Modern European" and there is a strong French influence. We discovered the place when walking past one evening, it was really busy and looked so warm and inviting that we booked a table for the next evening. Hidden in a side street in Soho, Andrew Edmunds is a good place to take a few friends, eat excellent food, drink fine wines and talk rubbish for a few hours. The atmosphere is cosy and intimate and is also perfect to visit as a couple. The largest table seats six so avoids noisy groups and although you could describe it as sophisticated, it's certainly not pretentious. The place is small, which adds to the atmosphere and the place would be ruined if they decided to expand.
The menu is hand written and is changed on a daily basis. They don't have a web site, they don't book more than a few weeks in advance (although you do need to book) and the wine list is enormous. You can go for wines from around £10 a bottle right up to £100 if you are feeling rich. The food is reasonably priced, with a starter costing around £5 and main costing around £10 to £15. Last time I visited I had room temperature steak with horseraddish creme fraishe and the time before (pictured) I had lamb with mashed potato. Both dishes were excellent and this Restaurant has never let me down. I can't remember the full name of either of the dishes but in my defensece I did drink a whole bottle of wine both times.
I would be very surpriseded if you didn't leave this restaurant full, drunk and very satisfied. Just don't go and ruin the evening by drinking lager and dancing to loud music in some awful gay bar :-)