Please note, this venue is now closed. Time Out Eating & drinking editors, Oct 2016.
On a rare balmy English summer evening, with its floor-to-ceiling windows rolled back, Inn The Park has one of the most enviable positions in town – in the heart of St James’s Park. The restaurant’s airy contemporary interior is sympathetic to the outside space, right down to the bumblebee motif on the glasses.
Attention to detail was reflected in a menu that offered seasonality in spades, from pea and lovage salad with honey and own-made ricotta, to globe artichoke with cobnut vinaigrette. Sadly, the menu promised more than it delivered, the lobster, squid and crayfish salad being a rather mean smattering of seafood amid an overgrown plate of frisée, making the £16.50 price tag questionable. Shetland smoked salmon and haddock fish cakes too seemed like a starter portion.
That left room for the cheeseboard, which reads as a showcase of British cheeses: blue horizon, keltic gold and an intriguing Cornish miss muffet. A mistake in the kitchen meant we received two cheeses rather than three, but this was soon rectified along with a requested extra portion of the top-notch wheaten bread, which only then managed to sate our grumbling stomachs. Could, and should, do better.
|Venue name:||Inn The Park|
St James's Park
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 8am-9pm; Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 9am-5pm|
|Transport:||Tube: St James's Park tube|
|Price:||Main courses £10.50-£18.50|
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Average User Rating
3 / 5
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- 4 star:0
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- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Had a great lunch here today, in the centre of St James Pk, didn't realise they do breakfast!, also other tip is the the roof terrace! This is my monk fish burger!
Having booked Inn the Park for an engagement celebration we must admit we were concerned by their strict reservations policy. Upon arrival (10 minutes late and having called ahead to notify the establishment) we were initially told our table could not be kept. After much negotiation we were informed we would be required to return the table in 45 minutes, an absurd amount of time for a table of twelve. We were also rudely told that there was a private function being held, nothing of which had been mentioned when we arranged the booking. We had to cancel the reservation, and had to find an alternatively place to hold the brunch nearby.. This was made all the worse by the fact they were almost empty! A very stressful Sunday morning experience. In short, it was disappointing, frustrating and unprofessional. We wonder how their business functions at all. Needless to say, we won't ever be going back.
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