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.
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 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.