If there is a formula for the perfect British brasserie, it would undoubtedly involve plush leather upholstery, polished marble floors, a sprinkling of copper and more than a hint of oak. Akin to a stately gentlemen’s club, the service would be impeccable, while the cooking wouldn’t offend diners’ palates or risk displacing older patrons’ teeth. If anyone should know how to set up such a restaurant it’s Des McDonald, who after 20 years running Caprice Holdings is behind this new hotel dining room.
From the comfort of the red leather and tartan-trimmed banquettes in the sweeping expanse of his retro dining room, you can tuck into a range of classic British cooking, diner-style dishes and homely desserts, while a host of smart waiters attend to your every need. True to form, the food is mostly subtly flavoured and soft-textured.
A starter of roasted langoustine saw the sweet shellfish enveloped in a pleasing garlic and butter sauce simply presented in a cast-iron pan. A main of ‘hock and coq pudding’ turned out to be more racy in name than flavour, with tender strips of chicken and ham encased in a pastry shell, framed by a bright green parsley sauce.
The Holborn Dining Room may not serve the most exciting food in the capital, but it’s comforting, won’t scare the maiden aunts or the in-laws, and is an appealing place to get away from the chaos of modern London.
The menu, comprised of traditional British dishes made from the finest locally sourced ingredients, is divided into eight sections: bar snacks, cold counter, hot counter, grill, English kitchen, sides, sandwiches, and afters.
The dining room also includes a bar as well as a terrace in Rosewood London's peaceful inner courtyard - the easy-going terrace offers a breath of fresh air for diners, whether enjoying the summer sun or snuggled up in blankets during the colder months.
Holborn Dining Room adjoins Holborn Delicatessen. Centred on local products, Holborn Delicatessen offers take away hot drinks, homemade pastries, porridge, soups, healthy juices, British cured meats, Italian olive oils and other global delicacies that line the walls. The daily take away menu includes bacon sandwiches and the freshest fruit at breakfast, lunchtime salads, sandwiches and specials followed by sweet treats and afternoon delicacies.