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Photo credit: David Cotsworth
Photo credit: David Cotsworth
Photo credit: David Cotsworth
Photo credit: David Cotsworth
David Cotsworth
Venue says: "The Goring Dining Room receives its first Michelin star for its 'really pleasing mix of British classics and lighter, more modern dishes.'"
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Gaze around the plush dining room at this exquisite, family-owned hotel as bow-tied waiters glide serenely by, and only the branch-like Swarovski chandeliers remind you we left the Edwardian era a long time ago. Carpets and drapes are thick, colours muted, mobile phones most unwelcome. A recent refurbishment by Viscount Linley’s design company gently updated the decor while preserving the refinement and understated luxury of the 103-year-old restaurant.

Food is anything but stuffy, with sophisticated interpretations of British classics to the fore. Much is made of the only-the-best ingredient sourcing policy, and the quality is clear. A light hand in the kitchen is evident in the likes of a flavour-packed ham knuckle terrine with a zingy cider apple foam, or a generous slice of poached Wester Ross salmon surrounded by painstakingly sliced slivers of crunchy spring vegetables.

Those were both from the pre-theatre menu, which though not exactly cheap at £33 for two courses, is more affordable than the £49.50 for three on the à la carte. Puddings and cheeses are served from a trolley, as is beef wellington, in a wonderfully traditional manner. An indulgent experience: old-world English glamour with a modern touch.


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The Goring Dining Room says
Under the expert guidance of executive chef, Shay Cooper, The Dining Room's refined British food gives personality and creativity to traditional, well-loved dishes - attracting great interest on the London restaurant scene. Coupled with the impeccable service that The Goring is famed for, The Dining Room makes for a memorable dining experience, whether it be for an early breakfast or an indulgent dinner.

Bathed in natural light by day and sumptuously aglow with custom Swarovski chandeliers at night, The Dining Room has a special ambience to accompany the fine cuisine. Alongside an extensive wine and Champagne menu - carefully selected by the head sommelier, Olivier Clausse - the Bar & Lounge offers an irresistible cocktail list for those looking to start or end their evening in style.

Holder of three AA Rosettes, with a menu that boasts Romney Marsh lamb, Cornish cod, beef Wellington and eggs Drumkilbo (the Queen Mother's favourite), The Dining Room's menus celebrate British cuisine using the finest ingredients sourced from across the UK. Be sure to leave room for an indulgent pudding - the perfect end to a delectable lunch or dinner.

The Goring is nestled in Belgravia, just a stone's throw from Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace and the West End - perfectly placed for shopping and theatre, work or play.
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Venue name: The Goring Dining Room
Address: Beeston Place, Grosvenor Gardens
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7-10am Mon-Fri; 7-10.30am Sat; 7.30-10.30am Sun. Lunch served 12.30-2.30pm Mon-Fri, Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm daily
Transport: Tube: Victoria
Price: Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £45 3 courses; (Sun) £47.50 3 courses. Set dinner (pre-theatre) £33 2 courses; £56.50 3 courses
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Tucked away on a side street, moments away from the unlovely grime of Victoria is The Goring Hotel (notably where Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding). There are dozens of afternoon teas in London and I've always felt the mark of a great afternoon tea is the care given to the sandwiches. The sandwiches served at the afternoon tea at The Goring are all freshly made (no bread, curling up at the edges) and filled with delicious and flavoursome ingredients which follow the traditional afternoon tea style (cucumber; smoked salmon; ham and mustard). Both the sandwiches and scones are refillable elements of the afternoon tea, it might behove the readers with larger appetites to know. The pastries that accompany the tea are as pretty and delicate as any you might find in the Parisian patisserie of your dreams. The afternoon tea is slightly more expensive than the average price of an afternoon tea in London (running from £42 for the traditional afternoon tea to £62 for the Bollinger rose afternoon tea) but the sumptuous surroundings and amazing service make it worthy of the price. Although it's not stated on the website, they will also accommodate any dietary requirements (e.g. gluten-free etc).


Afternoon tea at The Goring is about as British as you can get!  Beautiful service and lovely afternoon tea in the Terrace dining room.

It's no surprise that Kate Middleton picked this hotel to spend the night before her wedding!