Covent Garden Hotel, Soho Hotel, Haymarket Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel: all West End beauties, and all owned by the Firmdale group. Their lobby bars are perfect for business meetings, impressing dates, illicit trysts and running up large bar bills. Ham Yard has all that, but adds a huge private cinema, plus bowling alley and roof garden for hotel guests or for hire.
The pattern with Firmdale hotels is that the bar attracts the ‘scene’, while the restaurants play second fiddle. But here the dining area is particularly attractive, spacious and airy, with an appealing and almost secluded alfresco area. The bright and varied interior isn’t as safely tasteful as some other Firmdale joints, with a diverse spread of ethnic art on the walls.
In contrast to the art, the dishes don’t stray beyond Europe. Our favourite dish was the ricotta-filled gnocchi, lightly crisped on the surface, with fresh peas and broad beans; a fillet of sea trout was equally delicate and just-cooked, served with earthy puy lentils and a zingy salsa verde. But the ‘heritage’ tomatoes of our starter just seemed mealy and under-ripe when compared to the accompanying burrata, which was pleasingly creamy and fresher than a Puglian pick-up line. Dishes can be a little uneven then, but overall satisfy.
An Arctic roll dessert (too sweet, but otherwise fine) summed up the style of this restaurant: safe, playfully retro, and slightly cheeky. If it was a hotel porter, it would give you a wink.
|Venue name:||Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant||Contact:|
1 Ham Yard London
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square|
|Price:||Meal for two with wine and service: around £100.|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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If there is one thing I should start by saying about the Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant is that they take pride in good service; I recently went there for dinner with a friend who can be a tad bit on the picky side.
When her Old Fashioned wasn't quite to her taste, she was not hesitant to call over the waitress and make her thoughts knows (politely of course). The staff promptly offered to make her another cocktail (I ended up having that one since my friend isn't a fan of the Whisky Sours). A barman who was very willing to please then came around to find out why drinks were not to my friend's satisfaction. He later came back with the perfect old fashioned and like the puppy that is eager to please his master, did not leave until she tried and approved of the drink.
Very, very patient and dedicated staff here.
As for the food; my picky friend had the Stone Bass with a side of the most delicious beans I have had to date. I would order this for myself next time around. I chose the Cod with Herb risotto and pancetta. I was less satisfied with my own food as the risotto was too wet. The highlight of the evening was definitely the chocolate fondant, so gooey and decadent I ended up dreaming of having it all over again that night.
The restaurant atmosphere is very pleasant and the outside sitting area will be lovely in a summer evening.
All in all, not a bad spot to impress a date or some business contacts.
Ham Yard Hotel, if you are looking for funky and fun this is the place to be. Afternoon tea is a must, they have a fresh menu every week such great value for money £19.50pp. The interior is also designed by the owner Kit Kemp, not only do you sit within the stunning Orange Room for your afternoon tea, you also have the Bowling Alley which is also a great place for any events!!! But the best is look for the CLOCK! You will sit here for ages, but it is a WOW factor every time. So if you are looking for the full experience, from great service, stunning décor, amazing food Ham Yard Hotel is the place to be.
For brunch, afternoon tea, drinks or private hire, Ham Yard Hotel is a high design haven on the edge of Soho. High tea is only £19.50 which is incredibly reasonable for such decadence in the beautiful setting.