I know i’ve already written a bit of a Valentines inspired blog post, but I purposefully left out one restaurant in particular so I could share it with you today. The reason being, this restaurant has been voted as London’s most romantic restaurant, and once you visit it, I think you’d struggle to argue with that verdict.
The decor itself is stunning, with the main area of the restaurant being situated under a conservatory roof, with a trail of flowers and ivy snaking its way up the walls into a canopy above you, and an open fireplace all the while creating some sexy mood lighting. I have now enjoyed both the pre-theatre and the post-theatre menu and can recommend both, however during the summer months you will find the romantic ambiance is lessened by the still risen sun, but dine in the late evening and you will find the light of the fire and the low elegant mood lighting will help this beautiful restaurant live up to it’s romantic reputation.
The theatre menus have a good choice of dishes – pre-theatre you can currently enjoy a starter of Smoked Mackerel Pâté & Hot Smoked Organic Trout, a main of Slow Cooked Black Leg Chicken “Coq au Vin” with Pomme Purée & Bacon, and a dessert of Seasonal Fruit Crumble with a Cottage Cheese ice-cream; while on the Post- menu, you might enjoy a plate of Home Made Arctic Pickled Herring to start, Hand Rolled Pappardella as a main and Valrhona Chocolat Crêmeux for dessert (amongst other choices, of course). Add a half bottle of wine to this meal and you will only find yourself parting with a maximum of £26.50 pp for a pre-theatre menu, or £23.50 for a post theatre menu. All details as well as T&Cs can be found on their website.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to dine really late or super early, you can always dine from their extensive and very impressive A La Carte menu. This is an expensive option, but the food is exquisite. I find i’m constantly reviewing different variations of Foie Gras on this blog, but it is always my first choice dish when I dine out, and so I can obviously recommend their Roasted Duck Foie Gras & Crisp Confit Duck Leg (£13.50) which was beautifully cooked and very rich in flavour. The Honey Glazed Breast of Goosnargh Duck with Roasted Red Plums & Endive Meunière, Ruby Port Sauce is a stunning dish. The ruby port sauce goes splendidly with the gamey texture of the duck, and the sweet roasted plums bring the whole plate together to create an explosive mouthful that is full of flavour.
If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion, let your waiter know when you book and they’ll treat you a lovely petite four plate with a message swirled across it which is a lovely touch, and actually includes some wonderful bite-sized treats, including some fabulous miniature macaroons and cakes.
Unfortunately, while I know this post has been shared with you all specifically because it is Valentines Day, you have a better chance of being crowned Queen of England tonight than getting a table for 2 in this romantic destination restaurant, as tables were booked up weeks ago! – what else would you expect from London’s most romantic restaurant? But for future reference, this is the most incredible place to dine if you’re wanting to treat that special someone. Just ask to be seated in the conservatory when you book if possible.