Café Royal

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Regent Street's historic Café Royal reopened as a hotel in 2012 with a look that stayed true to its glamorous French roots from when it first opened in 1865. It now stands as a 160-bedroom boutique hotel with luxury suites available. Cafe Royal is also the site of restaurant and bar offerings hoping to mirror the building's hospitality heritage - these include The Oscar Wilde Bar and fine dining in the Domino restaurant.  

Venue name: Café Royal
Address: 68 Regent St
London
W1B 5EL
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
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Izzy K
Tastemaker

Seeing ladies in ball gowns in front of the entrance to the Hotel Café Royale, I shivered inside thinking I would look totally out place there in my blue Doc Martens and mermaid dress. Luckily, despite its cold marble decor, The Café itself is very accessible and welcoming for ‘the common people’ while keeping the service at the highest level.


We visited the place with my partner to try the Sarah Barber dessert only menu.


We were asked whether we have any preference in the order of dishes being served, but we decided to go with the order suggested by the chef.


I started with the Rhubarb Crumble, which actually was rhubarb in three ways. The crumble was served in a little jar accompanied by a cute tub of vanilla cream. Next to it were two deeply pink sliced of poached rhubarb served with a small doughnut with rhubarb filling, which was OK, but I think it’d be much better if it was served warm.

My second course was The Queen of Hearts, which didn’t look the most tempting to me when I had checked the menu beforehand, but was by far my favourite dish that evening. Fresh raspberries and lychees, with rose creamy balls, lemon sauce, rose petals in sugar, finished with delicate white chocolate cards with rose filling and sherbet sprinkles, complimented with a gin, rose and Prosecco cocktail, was a ruling combination for me.


The deconstructed Jaffa Cake was served in a pot with a lid decorated with chocolate toadstools, edible flowers and edible soil peppered with hidden popping candies. Inside, you’d find a cake slice covered in glossy chocolate with moist almond and orange filling. Definitely, the classiest jaffa cake I’ve ever tried!


Eat Me Drink Me, ie. deconstructed Snickers bar was again a slice of layered cake with all the familiar flavours, golden peanuts on the top and a malted mini shake served on a side. The best part of it was the little dollop of salted caramel.

My boyfriend balanced his selection with 2 of the savoury desserts, which were equally sensational.


All the food was served with perfectly matching alcohols (which is optional, but I personally recommend) at very reasonable price. We’ll definitely be back as we haven’t exhausted our curiosity; the Mad Hatter is left for me at another tea party.

The Man on the Street

Its all a bit mixed here.

Its a hotel , a cafe , a restaurant and a club - oh and a bar (two in fact)

The bit that really works is the old Grill Room.

You can picture Oscar Wilde drinking there.

The rest is OK , but over-priced and sort of betrays the elegance and glamour of what was here in the past.

The Club Level upstairs is a great place to meet , and has interesting art exhibitions. Just a pity its private.

I hear there is a bedroom suite with a private balcony that overlooks Piccadilly Circus. Now that's cool , but I suspect the price tag is a little beyond me.

Here's a picture I took from the Club Level 

Simon C
Staff Writer

I'll be honest with you, afternoon tea is not really my thing, but wow, if you're going to do it, the Café Royal is delightful. Although very formal, the atmosphere is very relaxed, a few tourists, but mainly people out for a special afternoon's tea. Tea was served in The Oscar Wilde Bar, a beautiful room, with gold leaf in abundance. The pianist quietly playing in the background, tea is served with a flourish of beautifully presented sandwiches and canapés with a typically British theme, we had an incredible multi-coloured Spitfire lollipop, which was made from a gorgeous rich chocolate. All washed down with a glass of champagne and tea, of which there are 25 to choose from. The staff are attentive, but suitably discreet, interspersed with the odd announcement and humorous Oscar Wilde anecdotes from the master of ceremonies. Very enjoyable, definitely go, you won't be disappointed.