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Bank's breezy, light-filled conservatory engenders a business-fuelled feel-good vibe that sweeps through the whole dining area on sunny days – it’s like the ‘crash’ never happened. Discussion-filled lunches take place over high-protein char-grilled steaks, chops, ribs and lobsters, although the menu also touts a full contingent of global staples from crispy duck salad, Thai fishcakes and potted beef with piccalilli to tandoori chicken, fish pie and North African lamb stew. After that, classy dessert cocktails and puds such as treacle tart or New York cheesecake help sweeten any fine-tuned business deals and political diplomacy. The best seats in the house are next to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which allow for a smooth transition to the leafy courtyard. Meanwhile, the huge Zander bar gets rammed with post-work suits who are lured by the prospect of (relatively) cheap fizz and plenty of sub-£30 wines.
We went to Bank in St James’s for lunch. Although a hotel restaurant it does not have this feel as it has its own entrance and is only connected to the hotel via the terrace at the back. As you walk in there is a small bar at the side of the wall. The hall way past this leads to the restaurant which is split on two levels.The restaurant on the ground level is light and airy as the end wall is glass which looks onto the hotel courtyard. The terrace is one of its selling point as there is a huge fountain with tables and chairs out in the summer (a lovely place for after work drinks if you are feeling fancy...
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