The Ritz

Restaurants , Haute cuisine St James'
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The Ritz dining room’s Louis XVI-inspired decor, with its pink marble, gilt ornamentation and rows of chandeliers, is unforgettable. Champagne is almost de rigueur as part of the overall experience, but we resisted – even a modest half-bottle of wine makes a serious dent in the wallet. Without it, though, we found the amuse-bouches surprisingly lacklustre. The set lunch menu is no bargain at £47 for three courses; mains on the carte hover around the £40 mark.

The provenance and freshness of ingredients seems impeccable – from St Malo butter, via Var salmon, to heritage carrots – but all too often we encountered a dull blandness, despite some precision cooking. The more inventive compilations generally fared better: a fruit sliver shell surrounding flaked crab; citrus jelly cubes and a gloriously sea-fresh oyster mayonnaise with halibut steak; light textured biscuit-sand and delicate white chocolate hoops in deconstructed raspberry cheesecake.

Oddly, there was no way of anticipating which choices stuck to the classic cannon and which gave freer rein to the clearly capable chef John Williams. Aside from the glorious gilt, what you are buying in the Ritz dining room is a conservative formula, complete with coat-tailed service of correctly distant politesse, china plate-domes, tinkling piano renditions of familiar film themes and a general reassurance that all is unruffled in the privileged world you have briefly dipped into.

 

Venue name: The Ritz
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Address: 150 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9BR
Opening hours: Bar Open/meals served 11.30am-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Main courses £24-£40. Restaurant Breakfast served 7-10.30am Mon-Sat; 8-10.30am Sun. Lunch served 12.30-2.30pm daily. Tea served (reserved sittings) 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm daily. Dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 7-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Green Park
Price: Main courses £37-£40. Set lunch £47 3 courses, £85 6 courses (£145-£175 incl wine). Set tea £45-£56 (£57-£67 incl glass of champagne). Set dinner £85 6 courses (£145-£175 incl wine)
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Ladyvp
Tastemaker

I went here for after-noon tea and nothing can quite beat this location. I have sampled many after-noon teas in London and this one stands out as one of my favourite. There is no gimmicks here, but everything was delicious and the tea selection was outstanding. The quality is never at fault here or the service. 

AME
Tastemaker

I had some daddy-daughter time at The Ritz recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was fantastic, and whilst it didn't look like much on the plate, it was so rich, flavoursome and satisfying that it completely hit the spot (I've never had lamb that tender!!). The surroundings are very calming and the perfect place for a interference-free catch up! Having a pianist playing in the main room adds even more class to the place and I will definitely be returning to try their famous afternoon tea!

TheMixedMedic
Tastemaker

Contrary to popular belief, the prices here for a special occasion are probably better value than most other restaurants in the area. At 50 pounds a head you can treat yourself to either afternoon tea or a set meal with some bubbly. Ideal if you are looking for something that guarantees great service and is quintessentially British without being noticeably swamped under swathes of tourists. 

Luisa G
Tastemaker

I came to the Ritz with my mother for her birthday, for afternoon tea. It is expensive (it was slightly less expensive when I went), but you really do feel special. The tables are beautiful, as is everything that is used for serving. The food was very yummy, and they even came around with a cake trolly - as if you didn't have enough! The sandwiches kept coming, which was a nice touch - but I would hope so for £45/pp! 


The waiting staff are all very professional, and it's lovely havinga pianist playing whilst you're eating. If you don't like the tea you chose, they offer to swap it for you. I'm allergic to certain nuts, so I had a separate plate with different cakes on, which was lovely!

Rosie T
Staff Writer

I have been to the Ritz for Afternoon Tea a couple of times now and each time I have left feeling very happy. The staff are welcoming and the tea is divine. The Ritz has a wonderful atmosphere, with a beautiful surrounding, such a wonderful place to be. if you are looking fro a good Afternoon Tea I would highly recommend. 

Sosh_uk
Tastemaker

Wow wow wow wow wow! Amazing service and food was incredible. It was my first experience of eating at a fancy restaurant and it was worth every penny. All three courses were great, and the lamb melted in my mouth. They serve fresh bread and the butter, even had the R logo and was the softest creamiest butter I have ever had. They do great deals for lunch so check it out. There's a no jeans policy and if you don't wear a tie, they have a few on standby!

David

Have had the three course lunch here twice in the last few months. On both occasions the food was well up to the standard of the stunning surroundings and better than several Michelin-starred meals we've had. Add to the good food the delightful skilled staff and you have a memorable experience. Bravo chefs - and wake up Michelin and give this place the star it deserves.

BG

Tiny food, big plates and bigger prices. A lovely place, friendly staff (if only pretend 1st class), but expect to leave hungry. Sorry, not going again.