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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read...
COVID-19 has impacted us all and the health of our guests and staff is our priority. We have made many changes to protect you during your time with us, including:
All guests will be temperature checked on arrival. If you are feeling (and looking) unwell, please do not come as for the safety and comfort of our staff and our guests you may not be allowed in!
We ask that you not to queue inside and when you arrive for your table, just one guest enters to be greeted by the host and table allocated before the remainder of the guests take their seats.
If you have not booked, we are required to take the name and phone number of the lead guest for contact tracing.
Due to the social distancing measures in place, we have reduced seating capacity and many tables now have glass screens between them. As a result, we are limited in flexibility and are unable to combine tables as we used to.
Our cleaning regime has increased with all surfaces and touch points being regularly disinfected. Menus are laminated and will be cleaned after each use but we also have an online menu and encourage you to please scan the QR code and view our menu on your phone.
There are hand sanitiser dispensers available for staff and guests throughout the dining room and in the bathroom. Please use them!
Staff may wear masks or head visors and their health will be closely monitored.
We no longer accept cash. Contactless, Visa, Mastercard, Amex and ApplePay are all welcome!
Niche is an independent restaurant relying upon bookings being honoured by our guests or sufficient notice being given of any required changes to reservations. Please be advised that a valid debit/credit card will be required to secure your reservation at all times. No charge is applied to this card, except in the event of one of the below instances:
There is a 'no show' of which we receive no prior notice
There is a late cancellation i.e. notified after 12pm on the day of the reservation
There is a significant change in the number of diners and this is not notified before 12pm on the day of the reservation. In these circumstances, a fee of £10 per person (rising to £20 on Friday & Saturday evening) not present will be charged to the card provided at the time of booking.
Please note that when calling the restaurant we will take your email address and you will have 1 hour to upload your card details to the secure site, otherwise your table will be automatically cancelled. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER AS WE HAVE HEARD THAT SOMETIMES THIS EMAIL FINDS ITS WAY IN THERE. It is simpler to book online as there's no escaping this requirement and the whole thing is easier and quicker. Please do check that that you have received an email booking confirmation, because if you haven't then the chances are we won't have your reservation! These measures are borne out of necessity and we would appreciate your support and understanding.
Lunch (Saturday 12pm-2.30pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm):
Due to the expected reduced business levels we have decided to only open for lunch at the weekends until things get back to normal. All tables are allocated 1.5 hours to dine by default. If you think you would like longer, please just say in the notes and we will happily accommodate your request. Please note that we are not taking reservations for more than 6 guests until further notice.
Dinner (5.00pm-9.00pm (last booking time):
Due to reduced seating capacity to ensure social distancing, we are allocating 1.5 hours to dine in the evening at busy times with last bookings at 9pm. Please bear with us during these challenging times! Please note that we are not taking reservations for more than 6 guests until further notice.
Unfortunately we are not accepting bookings in excess of 6 guests until further notice.
Like most independent restaurants in London, we add an (optional) 12.5% service charge to all bills over £5. We do this so that we can ensure our staff are paid well above the market rate, encouraging the best staff to work for us and live a decent life. Small independent restaurants cannot compete with the chain venues who rely on volume to pass on a decent level of tips to their staff, so this is the only way we can both satisfy our legal and tax obligations and retain our staff in a very competitive market.
Allergies and dietary requirements:
Niche is proud to be London's first Coeliac UK accredited 100% gluten free restaurant and we take this very seriously. We also have many dairy-free and vegan dishes denoted by a DF or VE symbol on our menus. We take all allergens and the safety around them seriously and indeed they are listed clearly on every dish on our menu. However, because our focus is on creating great gluten-free and dairy-free dishes, we use nuts in various forms extensively and therefore we cannot ensure that any dish is completely nut-free, although every care is taken not to cross contaminate. We therefore ask that if you or any guest have a serious life-threatening nut allergy, you take this into consideration before booking.
Birthday cakes and guests own food:
Niche is a 100% gluten-free restaurant and therefore we are unable to allow any food not supplied by us into the restaurant (including baby food). We take cross-contamination very seriously and ask that all our guests respect this. Unfortunately we are not able to make birthday or celebration cakes, but we are happy to recommend a local gluten-free bakery called Pearl & Grove (pearlandgroove.com) who have a shop in Exmouth Market and can deliver to the restaurant!
Send us an message:
Use the form below to ask any questions before or after your booking is made. Please do not use this to book a table as we cannot accept reservations in this way. If you missed it, the ResDiary booking interface is at the top of the page.