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Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant

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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

 

By: Guy Dimond

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Address: 1 Ham Yard London
London
W1D 7DT
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £100.
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Set menu 2 courses & a glass of sparkling wine £19.50

From a set menu, 3 courses £24. Tables available for 2 hours. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Sun 12:00PM-4:45PM,Mon-Sat 12:00PM-10:00PM

Offer valid until Jun 30 2019

Sunday Night Dinner with wine £20 per person

From a set menu, including 2 courses and half carafe of wine. Add a dessert for £5 per person. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 8 People Sun 5:00PM-10:00PM

Offer valid until Jun 30 2019

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Tastemaker

The Ham Yard Hotel is a beautiful gem in London. I thoroughly enjoyed lounging in the grand lounge room surrounded by books and sipping stylish cocktails at the bar. It's really spacious so it can accommodate large groups. The interiors are contemporary and gave me the impression that this is the kind of place enjoyed by Londoners who enjoy the finer things in life. I didn't stop by for dinner sadly, but after taking a quick glance around and classic interiors, I'd definitely want to try some of the delicious sounding seasonal British dishes from the ever-changing menu.


The bar and dining area may be part of the Hotel, but it's open to all patrons. Don't be deterred by that. Whether you're staying overnight or just stopping by, visit the Ham Yard Hotel for a sophisticated date night with friends/family/special one.

tastemaker

Stumbled upon Ham Yard hotel by accident and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be! This is now hands down one of my favourite hotels in London! If you appreciate modern art or have an interest in interior design then you have to come see this place! We went on a saturday evening, where the fairy lights outside made the outdoor bar look so pretty with these gorgeous long stone tables, whilst the inside of the hotel was even more impressive. Each room had a different theme, one room had beautiful sofas and mimicked a library with one of those floor to ceiling ladders like in the movies. The entrance had bright bold colours with gorgeous lampshades, the bar area was very sophisticated but could you walk through the restaurant to the conservatory area which had a glass ceiling with perfect mood lighting making it one of the most relaxing places ever! Words or photos can't do this place justice and I would definitely recommend a visit here, great place for a few cocktails or catch up with friends or even a date! 

tastemaker

Ham yard had been recommended to me by a friend, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The price looked reasonable so I booked a table for mid afternoon one Saturday for my mums birthday. On arrival, I was really impressed by the service and decor. The restaurant has a really contemporary design and is split into different sections (with different decor).

The staff were great, especially as they were able to deal with me being fussy as a pescatarian and my mum as a coeliac. The food was excellent, with a variety of items (even salads in addition to sandwiches), and there was a lot of it.

This afternoon tea was one of the best I have had and one of the most affordable! Great setting, great staff and great food- what more could you want. Somewhere you can take anyone from your nan to your children.

tastemaker

There's nothing better than having afternoon tea and a good catch up and gossip with the girls. There's just something appealing about sitting down and being surrounded by pretty things...

Items may look small and delicate, but they're still very filling... We hardly touched the goodies on the top layer but they did look so good. The clotted cream and jam were amazingly good with the scones - could have forced a few more down no matter how full I was.

There were no issues with wheelchair access 👍

Tastemaker

I had read about this place but didn’t realise quite how stylish this place was until I suggested meeting with a friend here one weekend for brunch. The décor of this place is so dreamy for anyone who appreciates gorgeous interiors and there is such attention to detail that this creates a wonderfully ambient atmosphere that should appeal to everyone without seeming overly hostile. In fact there are people of all ages from couples to friends, lone diners to families with their kids. The lights are very cool with mirrors, large panpipes and wooden carvings on the walls and this mismatch just seems to work somehow. As for the food it’s a little pricey but for brunch it is affordable and didn’t disappoint. I would have to say the service was very good and staff were welcoming and attentive at all times. We had poached eggs with spinach and grilled halloumi cheese with a soy and sesame dressing and then grilled pancakes with maple syrup which were pretty decent. The juices we had were good too. Afterwards we moved to a small bar area nearby within the hotel which was just as nice and would be a great spot just to meet with friends for a few drinks. A beautiful setting with decent food which is a little pricey but I feel the experience makes up for that.

tastemaker

This is my favourite place to eat for just for a drink at the bar, every time I go its always busy.

The décor is beyond gorgeous, I love the way Kit Kemp uses such an array colours, mixture of fabrics and varying furniture but it works so well together.

I just love the afternoon tea, I think for the price it’s the best in London. Everything is always homemade,  all the items change each season and they are always delightful. The service is always impeccable. Only thing to remember it to arrive very hungry, its extremely filling however the have always provided a box to carry all the items we couldn’t eat.

Tastemaker

Like most other Firmdale Group hotels, Ham Yard Hotel is very quirky. The communal areas, the lobby, the bar and the restaurant itself look more like an art space with bright and playful artworks dotting the walls and eye-popping patterns throughout. And there’s the courtyard, of course. You need to know it’s there, as it’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair. Don’t blink! It’s right next to The Whole Foods. 

We had dinner as a group of 8, as we were attending an event nearby. It was a Monday night yet the place was heaving. The service was mostly impeccable throughout but erring slightly on the formal side (surprising, really, given the quirky vibe of the venue). Our waitress was making a round of the table asking each if he or she was drinking still or sparkling water. Apparently, you get a slice of lemon with your sparkler. She was visibly thrown off balance when I requested a slice of lemon with my still water and attempted to argue :))The food, truth be told, is a bit hit and miss, although my goat cheese parfait with beetroot starter was truly great (and a massive portion of three balls of parfait). Portion size varies depending on what you order, though, and some of the mains and starters I’ve seen looked miniscule. One of our group ordered a mixed salad off the menu to start, and he just won’t shut up about how good it was.

But I’ll be coming back not for food (there’s Bocca Di Lupo and Nopi literally steps away), but for the cocktails, the ambiance and the location: you are meters away from Piccadilly Circus and Soho, yet could be miles away, so secluded is the inner yard of the hotel. They also have a roof terrace, that I'm totally planning to check out.

Tastemaker

Bargain pre-theatre menu with lovely surroundings!  £20 for 3 courses and a glass of sparkling wine.  The service was absolutely fantastic throughout and we did not feel at all rushed (we weren't actually going to the Theatre, we just wanted an early dinner reservation).  The food was lovely, the portions were not massive but with 3 courses I wouldn't want them to be.  Lovely atmosphere as well. 

Tastemaker

A friend and I went to the Ham Yard Hotel for the pre-theatre menu which was superb. Great food at a really reasonable price and I'm tempted to go back...


I had the pulled pork for a starter and the chicken with gnocchi while my friend had the risotto for a starter and the salmon for a main. A limited menu means they can do a couple of things really well (plus the glass of Brut obviously made it all even better...) although not sure what your'd do if you were a vegetarian who didn't eat fish...


We had a pudding because it was part of the menu but I wouldn't recommend it.. This is where the meal feel short. 


All in all though, it was great. The atmosphere was lovely, incredible décor and we almost missed our show we were so relaxed.


Definitely try it out

Tastemaker

We stumbled into the Ham Yard Hotel for a couple of cocktails on Friday night. We stood at the bar which was busy and were served immediately - there are an abundance of waiters which means that customer service is tip top. I definitely won the ordering stakes as I picked the High T. Along came a teapot of cocktail (win) compared to my boyfriend's Delicious Sour which, although for its namesake was delicious, paled in comparison in terms of the volume and value for money stakes. My two complaints are 1) you still can't shake that feeling of being in a hotel bar - there are a fair few other London cocktail bars which have a better atmosphere and theme and which, sorry Ham Yard, do serve higher calibre cocktails in my opinion. 2) when the bill came we had a further two cocktails added to the bill - I understand that this may be a tab mix up but when you're charging £15 a cocktail, and with so many attentive waiting staff, I don't believe these mistakes should be being made... However, the place as a great buzz and still manages to keep that contemporary, intimate feel despite the size of the room and the traditional high ceilings. Certainly go and explore the rest of the hotel while you're there as well - down in the basement is a bowling alley!

tastemaker

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. 

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