Located on High Holborn, linked to the Rosewood Hotel, The Holborn Dining Room might lead you to believe you’d stepped into an exclusive gentlemen’s club. With plush red leather banquettes nestled in a retro style dining room, you can’t mistake the air of opulence about this venue.
It’s not all about the good looking interior design though, there’s an extensive brasserie style menu, offering up breakfast, lunch and dinner. The wide-ranging breakfast menu delivers up eggs in a manner of ways, spelt pancakes and pastries and later in the day diners can choose from English classics such as Suffolk pork belly or pick something lighter from the seafood counter. There’s also an outdoor terrace for a more al-fresco experience and a deli on site if you’re after something on the go.
Although the food may not be particularly exotic, there’s a further element that makes this place stand out from the crowd… it’s gin bar. Boasting a choice of over 400 gins and 30 tonics gin-lovers can experience 14,000 possible G&T combinations, probably not in one sitting…
Holborn Dining Room is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is home to the Gin Bar featuring more than 400 gins, the Holborn Delicatessen with its selection of fine wines, cheese and chocolates, and The Terrace – a year-round alfresco dining experience. Holborn Dining Room features a selection of carefully curated dishes by executive head chef, Calum Franklin. His menus are created using only the best seasonal produce the UK has to offer and ensures diners 'can be wowed by ingredients as well as cooking'.
|Venue name:||Holborn Dining Room||Contact:|
252 High Holborn
|Opening hours:||Open 7am-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 7am-10.30pm Sun.|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100.|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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- 4 star:4
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I had dinner with my wife here in July and overall it was a good experience.
The dining room is well designed and the staff attentive without being pushy.
I couldn't fault the food though at the prices charged the food should be of a very high quality.
My only gripes were with the price if drinks. I found the wine list to be marked up way beyond what it should be and I seem to recall that for £50 I was drinking a wine (malbec if I recall) that I could have bought for less than £15 at my local wine merchant.
Also the drinks at the bar are overpriced. My wife has a glass of the house rose champagne (Ruinart NV which can be bought online for £50) which was £21 a glass plus service charge. I had a gin and tonic which was also overly pricey. Furthermore the bar staff seemed more interested in talking amongst themselves as we attempted to order after seating ourselves at the bar.
In summary, the food and ambience is good but also what I expect for £50+ per head without drinks. The drinks are stratospherically expensive no doubt to cover the cost of the venue.
Despite enjoying it I won't be coming again unless someone else is paying (preferably on business) due to the location and the high cost of drinks
We had the most attentive (but discreet) service, a great table and fantastic food. Will be returning for sure.