Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant

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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


Venue name: Ham Yard Bar and Restaurant
Address: 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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Kateryna V

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.

Samantha H

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. 


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

Katie F

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!

Cristina A

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.

Sam C

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. 

Special Offers

Pre theatre: 2 courses & a glass of sparkling wine £19.50

From a set menu, 3 courses £24. Tables available for 2 hours.

Offer valid until Jun 30 2017