The Goring Dining Room

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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
Address: 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
Transport: Tube: Victoria
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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Tucked away on a side street, moments away from the unlovely grime of Victoria is The Goring Hotel (notably where Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding). There are dozens of afternoon teas in London and I've always felt the mark of a great afternoon tea is the care given to the sandwiches. The sandwiches served at the afternoon tea at The Goring are all freshly made (no bread, curling up at the edges) and filled with delicious and flavoursome ingredients which follow the traditional afternoon tea style (cucumber; smoked salmon; ham and mustard). Both the sandwiches and scones are refillable elements of the afternoon tea, it might behove the readers with larger appetites to know. The pastries that accompany the tea are as pretty and delicate as any you might find in the Parisian patisserie of your dreams. The afternoon tea is slightly more expensive than the average price of an afternoon tea in London (running from £42 for the traditional afternoon tea to £62 for the Bollinger rose afternoon tea) but the sumptuous surroundings and amazing service make it worthy of the price. Although it's not stated on the website, they will also accommodate any dietary requirements (e.g. gluten-free etc).


A Christmas themed afternoon tea at The Goring Hotel was definitely a sophisticated treat.

At £49 we opted for just the afternoon tea, though for more, there are options with Bollinger or Bollinger Rose.The choice of teas was extensive and is bound to delight tea lovers. I opted for a rose tea, which was light and delicate..

..unlike my afternoon tea treats, which were indulgent and tasty. There was an amazing spread of sandwiches (which you could ask for more), which included roast turkey, honey glazed gammon, smoked salmon and the most amazing cheese and onion compote.

The mince pieces and scones were also good, but I was a little put out they seemed to whip the clotted cream which felt odd.No doubt the piece de resistance was the top tier cakes. As it was Christmas I had a chestnut snowman, a pistachio Christmas tree and a blood orange bauble, amongst others – all sensually amazing, whisking me off to cake heaven.

There is no additional cake trolley but you don’t need it. In fact I love the fact they are happy to box up what you can’t eat so you can take them home (unlike some other establishments).Staff were extremely friendly and they do gluten free options extremely well. The hotel provided a beautifuland ornate backdrop to the afternoon.

A fantastic afternoon tea worth every penny. This was one of my favourite afternoon teas – and I’ve been to a lot!

(PS please note the snowman does not come with blueberry eyes, that was my addition).


I visited the Goring for an afternoon tea in December 2016 and wasn't expecting this place to knock off Claridges out of my top 3 afternoon teas of all time! I am gluten free which is always use to  be a challenge but im really pleased to say this is being catered for more and the Goring was exceptional. 

We arrived about 30 minutes early but they moved things around to accommodate us which I thought was really considerate. From what I saw, I think there are two rooms to have afternoon tea. We were taken to one at the back. Its not cramped, decor is understated but elegant and the waiting staff are attentive. 

We had the Christmas afternoon tea menu which cost £42.50 plus service charge. It is honestly one of the better priced ones and I think the standard was really high. The sandwiches had a turkey one so was Christmas themed one that really stood out was the cheese sandwich. Sounds so simple but it just tasted heavenly. So much so I asked for more (burp). The scones were so tasty I could hardly believe they were gluten free. My only negative feedback is the scones need clotted cream not whipped double cream! Nevertheless the cakes on the top tier made up for the lack of clotted cream! My sister who is gluten tolerant got the cutest Christmas tree brownie and snowman.

Top place and up there with others that are double the price. 

I booked about a month and half in advance :D 


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!