One Twenty One Two Restaurant

Restaurants, British Whitehall
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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This good-looking restaurant at The Royal Horseguards hotel is named after the former Scotland Yard telephone number, Whitehall 1212. It's an homage to the past that seems to suit the classic look of this spot - it's all deep red velvet seating, heavy carpets and crisp white linen.

The food menu, though, follows a more contemporary theme. Dishes range from king crab and compressed watermelon with mango, chilli ginger oil and crab flakes to a seasonal quinoa salad, saffron risotto and pan-roasted quail with sweetcorn purée, pak choi, radish and a Sauternes jus. Grill options - including a wagyu beef burger - prove popular, too. 

Keep an eye out for Saturday brunch with unlimited prosecco, as well as three-course Sunday lunches with a glass of Chapel Down sparkling wine on arrival and coffee and petit fours to finish. 


Venue name: One Twenty One Two Restaurant
Address: The Royal Horseguards
2 Whitehall Court
Transport: Tube: Embankment tube or Charing Cross tube/rail
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This is a very strange place and I'm not sure how to rate it...

The food was great, absolutely delicious. I had a butternut squash soup with a poached quail’s egg for starter and a steak with a couple of side for my main course. Both was of really high quality and perfectly cooked and seasoned - I couldn't fault it.

The service however is just bizarre. Our waitress reminded us of someone serving food in a hospital or prison, very commanding and with no customer service or hospitality skills. Waiters routinely wandered around the restaurant with trays of food and obviously no clue who it was for – a tray with two starters on it passed us four times.

The starter arrive in a posh fashion, with the poached egg already on the plate and the soup in a small jug. Instead of elegantly pouring the soup onto the plate, our waitress basically let it splash onto the plate and all over the egg, and garnish, which completely ruined all the effort the chef had obviously taken to make the dish look nice.

When we asked about the cocktail that was supposed to be included in our menu our waitress simply responded (rather abruptly) with ‘You want Prosecco?’… Slightly intimidated we repeated that we’d like our cocktail and she replied something like ‘You can have Bellini.’ We didn’t dare argue with this any further…

All in all it was quite an amusing experience, but that was mainly due to the fact that we weren’t there for a special occasion and that it was a fairly inexpensive deal. However, I would never go back!

Paula - ToT

Afternoon Tea at The Royal Houseguards is a real treat - the scones are delicious, the cakes are divine and the turkey sandwiches a wonderful surprise.Beware that the champagne flight option includes three full glasses of champagne rather than the small tasters we were expecting.The staff are lovely, but it did take some time to get our scones and a refill of sandwiches, although we did get a free glass of champagne each due to the delay (because we needed more...).A fun afternoon tea option and highly recommended!