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.
Holborn Dining Room is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is home to the Gin Bar featuring over 400 gins, the Holborn Delicatessen with its selection of fine wines, cheese and chocolates and The Terrace – a year-round alfresco dining experience. Holborn Dining Room features a selection of carefully curated dishes by executive head chef, Calum Franklin. His menus are created using only the best seasonal produce the UK has to offer and ensures diners ‘can be wowed by ingredients as well as cooking.’
|Venue name:||Holborn Dining Room||Contact:|
252 High Holborn
|Opening hours:||Open 7am-11.30pm Mon-Fri; 8am-11.30pm Sat; 8am-10.30pm Sun.|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100.|
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Average User Rating
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I had dinner with my wife here in July and overall it was a good experience.
The dining room is well designed and the staff attentive without being pushy.
I couldn't fault the food though at the prices charged the food should be of a very high quality.
My only gripes were with the price if drinks. I found the wine list to be marked up way beyond what it should be and I seem to recall that for £50 I was drinking a wine (malbec if I recall) that I could have bought for less than £15 at my local wine merchant.
Also the drinks at the bar are overpriced. My wife has a glass of the house rose champagne (Ruinart NV which can be bought online for £50) which was £21 a glass plus service charge. I had a gin and tonic which was also overly pricey. Furthermore the bar staff seemed more interested in talking amongst themselves as we attempted to order after seating ourselves at the bar.
In summary, the food and ambience is good but also what I expect for £50+ per head without drinks. The drinks are stratospherically expensive no doubt to cover the cost of the venue.
Despite enjoying it I won't be coming again unless someone else is paying (preferably on business) due to the location and the high cost of drinks
We had the most attentive (but discreet) service, a great table and fantastic food. Will be returning for sure.