Fera at Claridge's

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Luxury-priced brilliance from Cumbrian chef Simon Rogan: intricate and imaginative dishes, like tiny works of art, featuring wild and little-known ingredients.

You really know a restaurant is expensive when even the walls are textured. Set within super-swanky Claridges, this dining room has been decorated in sombre tones (including plenty of dark olive green), which may well not be to everyone’s taste, but the interiors are pretty much the last reason you’d visit Fera.

Meaning ‘wild’ in Latin, Fera is chef Simon Rogan’s first permanent eatery in the capital. (His Marylebone pop-up, Roganic, was a roaring success, while his two-Michelin-starred Cumbrian restaurant L’Enclume, is widely held to be one of the finest restaurants in the UK.) As you might expect from the name, many ingredients are wild and little-known, from dittander (a salt marsh plant, here served with Cornish lobster, pickled golden beetroot and other ‘sea herbs’) to ‘pineapple weed’: a type of wild chamomile, here used in a pudding of butterscotch and celery. Yes, really: celery. Others are grown according to the seasons at Rogan’s Cumbrian farm.

Dishes are intricate and imaginative, like tiny works of art. Highlights from our visit included ‘snacks’ of puffed barley wafers topped with smoked eel mousse and the petals of ox-eye daisies; a bowl of ‘grilled salad’ (literally – curly endive leaves grilled over embers) with sunflower seeds and a rich, savoury ‘truffle custard’; and a dinky parcel of hake wrapped in caramelised cabbage, which came served with tiny chicken-fat-cooked potatoes. Service is warm and polished, with many of the eye-opening dishes brought out in person by one of the young brigade of chefs – a nice touch. Yet this kind of food pilgrimage comes at a price: £85 for the three-course evening a la carte, or £105 for the full tasting menu. By comparison, the £45 three-course set lunch (which usually has a few ‘freebies’ thrown in), seems a bargain.   

By Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Fera at Claridge's
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Address: Claridge's
49 Brook Street
London
W1K 4HR
Opening hours: Meals served noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm daily
Transport: Bond Street tube.
Price: £45 for three courses (lunch); £85 for three courses (dinner); £95 or £125 for tasting menus. £300 or more for two for dinner with wine and service.
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tastemaker

Fera is a lovely and decadent dinning experience. We went on a set menu deal which was £42 for 3 courses and included a glass of champagne each. A great deal and divine food.

We chose to add some taster snacks to start for an extra £10 each when we arrived which was definitely worth it as they were each a taste sensation.

The restaurant itself isn’t as extravagant as the Ritz but I’m not sure the 2 are comparable as they differ greatly in style. I would say that Claridge is less stuffy (which is a good thing). The staff were attentive but didn’t pester. The food was perfect and the who,e experience left you feeling truly special to the team as a customer.

For a special event treat this is a must.


Been to Fera a few times to have the tasting menu, I absolutely love it. Everything is seasoned perfectly, beautifully plated and just downright classy, perfection every time-  Simon Rogan doesn't get enough praise for the delicious food he creates. 

tastemaker

I was lucky enough to be taken here last week and the date accidentally but excitedly told me he found a deal too good to be true!!! After giggling at his mistake I thought all of you would like to know this as you can impress without breaking the bank too much. 


We could chose from a set menu where they had two choices per course. We both ended up ordering all the options and shared just so we could try everything. The menu changes depending what is in season and I prefer this as you know the food will be sourced appropriately. If your date's conversation is boring you I would strongly advise you just day dream and look around you. The decor is amazing and you can get lost in the architect's thinking when he created the room and the pillars. 


The best course I had was the desert, it was a bit of a gamble as the main ingredient was beetroot but it tasted so refreshing and complimented the meringue it was served with. 


Tip: Best gluten free bread I have tasted in quite a while, it had the elasticity of normal bread! 

Tip 2: If you do the set menu but dont drink, no worries they will swap it out for a mocktail and they are amazing. Not sweet and sickly like other places. 

Tastemaker

Dinner at Fera is like a glimpse into another – very beautiful and opulent – world and really, for the Michelin starred price point & experience of it all, isn’t that kind of the point? From the moment you step inside, you’re treated like royalty by staff who are utterly charming, incredibly polite and sincerely welcoming. The lofty ceilings and art décor grandeur make you wish you’d been born into 1920’s aristocracy while the curling branches of the room’s focal point, a twisty-limbed, sun-bleached tree, remind you that the plates of food you’re about to have are focused on the natural, the seasonal and the local.


At £110 for the tasting menu and between £95 and £150 for accompanying wines, this is not a restaurant designed for your average Tuesday night supper. It is designed to connect you to home-grown ingredients (most of which come from chef Simon Rogan’s own farm) that represent the seasons though with ‘fera’ translating as ‘wild’ in Latin. Rogan’s original restaurant L’Enclume is a 2 Michelin starred establishment that was recently voted number one in The Good Food Guide’s ‘Top 50 Restaurants’ for 2017; to say you’re in safe hands here is to suggest that Miley Cyrus likes controversy.


Starters of chickpea crackers topped with sweet cheese & edible flowers are as light & pretty to eat as they are to look at and the exquisite plates of food just keep coming. From crispy rabbit and sea-herb topped squid to Cornish lamb, stout simmered barley and raw Dexter beef, there’s something from land and sea and field. Desserts are light and beautiful, encompassing things like Yorkshire rhubarb and honeycomb and petite fours include the most modern and accomplished take on a fruit pastille I’ve ever had in the form of smoked beetroot jellies.


Wines and champagnes are explained by staff clearly passionate about what they’re serving and it’s a nice touch when chefs come from the kitchen to deliver certain courses. By the end of several hours here you’ll feel more than comfortably full and like you’ve experienced something very special – if it’s an occasion you’re looking to celebrate, Fera should be top of your list.

Tastemakertastemaker

The food here is delicious, but you go for the atmosphere and the name.  There are places where you could spend less for better quality (unless you're eating here with a special offer).  But nothing quite lives up to the grand interiors, high ceilings and 1st class service that is claridge's

Tastemaker

Unfortunately I didn't benefit from any offers when I took my mother here for Mother's Day but even so, I genuinely feel like it was money well spent! We both felt very waited on and shown the utmost care for the duration of our meal. We were encouraged to take our time and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The food was absolutely delicious and the chef even sent over a little something special for my mum which was a lovely touch!

Tastemaker

I've always seen Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s as a luxurious restaurant to be visited on special occasions due to the price tag that comes with dining at such decadent destinations. However when I discovered their amazingly priced set menu I had to give it a try!

Dining at Fera at Claridge’s would on most occasions be out of many people’s budget. However Bookatable’s special set menu offers three courses and a glass of champagne for £39 which is extraordinary considering the prices on the a la carte menu.

We were also served a few extra small dishes which were included in the price and contributed to even more food being offered. In addition the majority of the drinks including the champagne in the bar were above £15, yet this menu already includes champagne making dining here even more affordable.

Tastemaker

This was a much anticipated visit - we were lured by the lunch menu which is good value for three courses with some extras.  Although I arrived about 15 min late, there was no issue with this.  Lunch in fact, wasn't all that busy which is a shame for such a central and beautiful place.  I loved the starters (very colourful), but I was let down by the celeriac main which I though was slightly under (and of course it will never be able to surpass the celeriac from Noma at Claridges).  Another negative... the cocktail servings were tiny (all cocktails are in reality) but wasn't all that great.  I just expected more botanical infusion flavours... it was far too subtle.  But all in all, it is a great place for a relaxed and delicious lunch at Michelin standards.

Special Offers

Taste of Fera and a glass of Champagne: £85

5 course tasting menu with snacks. Please note this offer is not combinable with 1,000 points programme. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 7 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 7 People Daily 12:00PM-2:00PM 6:30PM-10:00PM

Offer valid until Aug 31 2018