What do we need to know about The Lanesborough Grill?
This is the new restaurant at The Lanesborough Hotel. Last summer chef Shay Cooper (ex-Julie's and The Goring) joined the hotel as Executive Chef. Since then he's been working on plans to give the hotel's restaurant (where Celeste once was) a complete overhaul. And now they're ready to showcase that work as the restaurant has just reopened as "modern British restaurant" The Lanesborough Grill.
Where exactly is it?
You'll find The Lanesborough on the west side of Hyde Park Corner, practically on top of Hyde Park Corner station (take the hand-scrawled exit pointing to "Harrods" and that'll send you the right way). The restaurant is along the hotel's main lobby and off to the right and it's a beautiful room with a huge domed glass roof making it a good spot for either lunch or dinner.
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Where should we go for a drink first?
Definitely visit the Library Bar here at the hotel. We'd never been in for a drink before and were surprised at how lovely this was - it's one of those timeless, comfortable hotel drinking spots. If you're after a bit of privacy, opt for the 'love nest' table that's hidden off the main section of the bar and is perfect for two.
If it's a 'grill' are we talking lots of meat?
Not really - it's a grill restaurant in title only, think of that more as a description of it as a classic style hotel restaurant. For the menu, Shay says the aim is to "showcase a seasonal modern British a la carte menu championing regional artisans and the very best of seasonal produce from around the country".
In practice, that means a menu that's going to change regularly - particularly at this time of year. Here's a selection of what we had to give you a flavour:
Room for dessert?
There are five options on the dessert menu, not including the cheese option which comes to you on a trolley groaning with British cheeses to choose from.
And to drink?
Adam Ramic is head sommelier here and if you want to hand yourself over to him for recommendations, you'll be glad you did. The irrepressible Ramic led us down a mainly English wine path including an introduction to a genuine show stopper from Chapel Down's premium range Kit's Coty, their 2018 Chardonnay. You can also end your meal, as we did, with a Scottish whisky flight.
The restaurant here has always been one of London's most gorgeous looking dining rooms, now it feels that with Shay at the helm it now has a menu that matches those surroundings. It would be a particularly good place to take relatives or visitors from out of town looking for a special place for lunch or dinner.
More about The Lanesborough Grill
Where is it? Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
How to book: call 020 7259 5599
Hot Dinners dined as guests of The Lanesborough. Prices correct at the time of publication.
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