First off all for those of you that don’t know, Bubba Gump is an American restaurant chain based on the film Forrest Gump.
I have been a fan of the restaurant ever since I went to the one in New York. It has been rumoured there would be one opening in London for a long time but there had never been an official location or date announced.
As soon as I heard this was officially opening on the 1st October me and a couple of friends made plans to go and visit on the 5th.
Due to it only just being open they are not taking booking for tables at the moment, but we took the risk anyway.
The restaurant is based in Leicester Square, it’s a great busy location for the restaurant but to be honest not as quite as good as dining in New York – which is based in Times Square.
We turned up at Bubba Gump at roughly 4pm, thinking we would try and miss the lunch time and dinner rush. We were welcomed in and told there would be roughly a 15 min wait for a table, which was find by us as we were expecting to wait much longer than this.
We had a look around some of the merchandise in the shop while we waited.
Even though we were told 15 minutes it was more like a 5 minuite wait we were still busy looking around the shop when we were called.
We were showed to our table and were given a booth to sit in. I would say these sit up to 6 people.
The restaurant looks very small from the outside but is massive once you get in, spread over two floors and seating up to 400.
If you have ever been to one of these before you will know how great the service and staff are. I was hoping the restaurant didn’t loose this in the UK.
The decor in the restaurant is very well done with so much detail put in, there is so much too look at from the quotes on the table to the number plates on the wall. They also of course have Forrest Gump playing on screens throughout.
The menu is mainly seafood based, with lots of shrimp (prawns) and fish. However it does have a few other options as well for those who are not fish eaters.
I love the speciality cocktail menu they have also.
For food we ordered the garlic bread basket to share to start, I then had the Captains Fish & Chips, with my friends both choosing to have Forrest’s Seafood Feast. There was a slight error when ordering these as only one was delivered to our table but the waitress got another one ordered and it was sent to the table very quickly.
Unfortunately we couldn’t fit dessert in, that will have to wait till next time!
The service was great from the very start, I don’t think I could fault it. The staff are so friendly and great at interacting with you, this is a place where they want you to have fun. (However if you want to go and have a quiet, cosy meal this is is not the place to go.)
My one downside is that they do add a service tip to your bill, I know some people don’t mind this but personally I prefer to leave a tip on my own account not because the company want you too.
Overall I’m so happy that the restaurant is now in the UK, I was worried it would lose the atmosphere here but the brand have done it justice.
Of course I couldn’t leave without a souvenir, so I got a cocktail maison jar to add to my collection, having had a speciality cocktail in the restaurant this only cost £3.50.
Have you been to the London Bubba Gump yet, or are you planning too?