Gaze around the plush dining room at this exquisite, family-owned hotel as bow-tied waiters glide serenely by, and only the branch-like Swarovski chandeliers remind you we left the Edwardian era a long time ago. Carpets and drapes are thick, colours muted, mobile phones most unwelcome. A recent refurbishment by Viscount Linley’s design company gently updated the decor while preserving the refinement and understated luxury of the 103-year-old restaurant.
Food is anything but stuffy, with sophisticated interpretations of British classics to the fore. Much is made of the only-the-best ingredient sourcing policy, and the quality is clear. A light hand in the kitchen is evident in the likes of a flavour-packed ham knuckle terrine with a zingy cider apple foam, or a generous slice of poached Wester Ross salmon surrounded by painstakingly sliced slivers of crunchy spring vegetables.
Those were both from the pre-theatre menu, which though not exactly cheap at £33 for two courses, is more affordable than the £49.50 for three on the à la carte. Puddings and cheeses are served from a trolley, as is beef wellington, in a wonderfully traditional manner. An indulgent experience: old-world English glamour with a modern touch.
|Venue name:||The Goring Dining Room|
Beeston Place, Grosvenor Gardens
|Opening hours:||Breakfast served 7-10am Mon-Fri; 7-10.30am Sat; 7.30-10.30am Sun. Lunch served 12.30-2.30pm Mon-Fri, Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm daily|
|Price:||Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £45 3 courses; (Sun) £47.50 3 courses. Set dinner (pre-theatre) £33 2 courses; £56.50 3 courses|
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The Goring Dining Room within the Goring Hotel was a great 'discovery'. It has been there for ever but I just did not know about it. It is a gem of a place close to Victoria, but also to Buckingham Palace. Perhaps not an obvious location but you forget it all once your are inside. The garden, by the way, is beyond cool.
We had a great dinner experience savoring brill (attached photo), cod, crab salad and the famous eggs Drumkilbo as an appetizer. The presentation was superb and the food quality really special. Service was great as well.
The actual decor is by David Linley, and although I can see the classical elegance and good proportions, I am not sure about the Swarovski chandeliers. We all commented that they looked like "last year's Christmas lights". What what do we know? :)
All in al, I will go back and I recommend it.
Afternoon tea at The Goring is about as British as you can get! Beautiful service and lovely afternoon tea in the Terrace dining room.
It's no surprise that Kate Middleton picked this hotel to spend the night before her wedding!