Time Out need to go back and review this place again! Wonderful food and great staff - a welcome addition to Shepherds Bush.
Bush Hall Dining Rooms
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Time Out says
Posted: Thu May 9 2013
Every so often, it falls to someone to inform the Emperor that he’s not wearing any clothes. This time, unfortunately, that someone is us.
Bush Hall Dining Rooms certainly looks the part – all handsome Brit diner, with boards on the walls so distressed they belong in rehab, and leather seating spread across a mix of booths and banquettes. In among the Uxbridge Road’s seemingly endless stretch of ethnic supermarkets, phone-unlocking units and cut-price barbers, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived at an oasis. The soundtrack was relaxed and folksy, the clientele young and fashionable. There was only one problem – on our visit, the cooking was well below par. In the weeks prior to our visit, a number of bloggers and one newspaper critic had sung Bush Hall’s praises, which bode well; but our own meal was a catalogue of disasters.
What should have been a failsafe combination of watermelon, halloumi and mint was lifeless and underwhelming: the cheese should have been warm and char-grilled, not cold and chewy; the melon needed to be ripe and sweet, not insipid. We avoided the out-of-season asparagus on offer and instead went for a shrimp cocktail. Again, the dressing was lacklustre, but worse still, the large, shell-on prawn on top was well past its best. Having sent this back (to profuse apologies from the charming staff), we instead tried a plate of lemony croquetas that turned out to be dry, not creamy, with little jamón to redeem them.
The main courses were slightly better. There was a well-cooked rib-eye (though if you can’t get a rib-eye right, you’ve really got problems) and a rack of lamb (again fine, though the accompanying gravy was more Bisto than bistro); some correctly-cooked sprouting broccoli. Last up came chocolate doughnuts – more like nuggets of dry bread with a bizarrely Christmassy rum cream sauce – and a ‘knickerbocker glory’ that, though served in the correct glass and perfectly edible, was much more like a trifle than a ‘glory’ (complete with jelly base and lots of cream).
While wondering if the amateurish cooking could be compensated for by the attractive décor and equally attractive, genial staff, we got our answer: the bill still included that uneaten, off-colour shrimp cocktail.
To some, the Emperor's new clothes may be quite beautiful. But we just don't see it.
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I have been to Bush Hall Dining once with my family and let me tell you, I am just itching to get back there! We went around lunch time and my husband and son both had the steak - which they both loved, my daughter had the burger (which I will definitely go for next time - it looked delicious!) and it received high praise from the most fussiest burger eater out there (my daughter) I had the day special of sebass and saffron mash and I was in complete heaven (I’m a big fish lover) and this dish just exceeded my expectations. My only hang up is that we we’re all too full for a desert, as amazing as they all sounded (and believe me when I say we wanted to try them all) the main meal hit the spot, that if I had forced down a dessert I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed it. I am quite a frequent lunch goer, I love looking for new spots to eat out and was recommended Bush Hall Dining by a girlfriend of mine, and we have both agreed that we will be going back there. So it would be fair to say I have visited my fair share of ‘shabby places’ and I agree with this article on one of it’s points - it most certainly does look the part, the decor is absolutely stunning. Whilst I’ve had my fair share of shabby places, I’ve also had the misfortune of abysmal waiting staff, but we we’re blessed with the most wonderful waitress I have ever experienced, I did not catch her name but she had an american accent and she was so genuinely happy to tend to our every need, and made us all smile. It is a shame this is the review Bush Hall Dining has received, because my views are the complete polar opposite. I hope people will just take this as a view of just one and actually try it out for themselves. I am counting down the days till I return!
As a Shepherds Bush resident I was delighted when Bush Hall Dining Rooms opened. I've eaten there about 6 times now and can honestly say it is my favourite place to go. I was really surprised to read the review above. What a shame! I think I've tried about a third of the menu now but it does keep changing so its hard to keep up. The prawn cocktail was gorgeous when I had it - huge prawns and a delicious smokey sweet sauce. The terrine is also fabulous but huge; we shared it between 2 the last time I went. The peach and Parma ham salad is fresh and summery and my friend adores the confit tuna. The lamb with pistachio crust is almost a perfect dish. I had the first three times and have had to ban myself from ordering it so I can at least try something else. Time Out is right about the steak - juicy and perfectly seasoned - my son orders his blue! Last week there was a special of tea-smoked duck which was delicious and one of my friends had the rabbit ravioli another special I think. I'm usually too full for a pudding but did share an elderflower and rhubarb fool which was amazing. All in all it's just a great place! Don't be put off by Time Outs review check it out for yourself.