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Wallow in the “glories of a bygone age” at this Piccadilly stunner – a timeless room that wows Londoners and tourists alike with its baroque-style ceilings, marble columns and luxurious soft furnishings. The kitchen’s industrious efforts yield everything from home-baked bread and home-churned butter to smoked fish, pasta and Ricotta, while artisan British ingredients loom large on the menu: starters of Hereford beef carpaccio with Pecorino shavings, enoki mushrooms and black radish or Yellow Valley goats’ curd with purple potato croquette, baby beets and walnut might give way to a porky combo of Middle White loin, belly, pulled shoulder and black pudding with truffled pea purée. Steaks are sizzled on the grill, while elegant desserts could include gooseberry parfait with oat crumble and blackberry. Pre-theatre menus also get a rousing thumbs-up, although service can be painfully slow.


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  1. Published : Sunday, 23 March 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: The Criterion

    Based in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, The Criterion has been around for what feels like forever; it first opened its doors in 1874. It’s one of those old fashioned London “institutions” that I’ve always wanted to try but never got round to, so as my parents and I were in need of a pre-theatre dinner, I thought it would be the perfect chance to give it a go.

    The dining room is undoubtedly impressive; it’s a grand affair with plenty to look at in every nook and cranny...
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  1. Published : Monday, 18 May 2015

    Eat With Steph :: Criterion | Eat With Steph

    Prestige and reputation sure does get repeatedly mentioned in my posts, but this one is a little different. It’s very hard to find a restaurant like the Criterion, a restaurant so quintessentially English and enriched with so much history there’s even a Wikipedia page for it.

    Breath-taking interior design by architect Thomas Verity in a Grade II* listed building at the heart of Central London makes the Criterion certainly one to visit. I held my mother’s birthday here last year and most recently re-visited the Criterion for Louise’s 21st, and also, for the new breakfast menu...
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