Inn The Park

Restaurants, British St James'
2 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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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
Address: 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

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I'm not sure why Time Out have listed this venue as closed as I visited just yesterday and it was fully open. I agree with Sarah, I would give 3.5 stars if I could. The café is really well located looking out over the ponds of St James' Park, perfectly positioned for a coffee rest stop for sightseers. We just stopped in for coffees this time around, the coffee was really good and it was nice to soak up the ambiance of the park. However, I was a little sad to see it looking rather tired compared to my last visit when it was run by Peyton and Byrne. Sadly Benugo haven't quite lived up to their same standards - last time I visited it felt a little more special with a whole selection of teas and tasty scones making it more of a destination place, but now I feel it's more a place to drop in if you're in the area.


I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. On a warm, sunny summers evening there is no beating the location and setting. I am dying to go back and have drinks on the roof bar. The reason I am not raving about the place is we were the only people in there for dinner and so it lacked ambience. The food itself though relatively limited in choice is really interesting and delicious. I had buttermilk fried chicken - which one might expect to be huge and heavy, is delicate and tasty. I had a lamb dish with beans which was also lovely. The service is friendly and I think if there had been more tables would have been great - but being the only table means at times you get overwhelmed at others ignored. 

All in all a really lovely place that deserves to be busier in the evening.

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Nice venue, well situated in the St James Park. Best to book ahead if you don't want to be disappointed. Very popular with tourists.

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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