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“Consistent food and service”; “fantastic service and superb food”: either way, The Wolseley remains a benchmark for graceful, metropolitan dining. Like its smooth-as-silk owners Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the menu flits suavely between Britain, France and Austria like some dapper 19th-century diplomat: you might start with soupe à l’oignon, dressed Cornish crab or chopped liver ahead of wiener schnitzel, lemon sole St Germain or good old kedgeree. There’s also room for salads and grills, but we’d recommend finishing in Mitteleuropa for Black Forest gâteau or apple strudel. The food is “perfectly good” rather than exceptional, but you’re not here for gastronomic fireworks; instead, devotees simply enjoy one of the best rooms in London – a cinematic space alive with “an unbeatable atmosphere”. Breakfast is a buzzing, bustling scene, while afternoon tea offers a more casual alterative to nearby five-star hotels. Most importantly, The Wolseley suits any occasion, whether you’re dining with small children, ageing relatives, your PA or the senior partner: truly, an all-day brasserie for the 21st century.


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  1. Published : Wednesday, 28 August 2013

    Munch My Way :: The Wolseley, Piccadilly

    The Wolseley is a grand establishment located right next to the iconic Ritz Hotel in London. When I first came to London, a good friend of mine who enjoy breakfast as much as I do recommended this place, after a wonderful first experience I just have to come back again...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 21 May 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: The Wolseley

    The Wolseley is owned by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King and was famed for being the late Michael Winner’s favourite restaurant in London. Corbin and King also own The Delaunay, Brasserie Zedel and Cafe Colbert – a selection of restaurants that I simply adore and the same can now be said for The Wolseley after my visit for dinner with my parents...
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  1. Published : Monday, 12 May 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: The Wolseley

    The Wolseley is just over a decade old, opened by the restaurateurs behind The Ivy and Caprice (much celebrated in their time, if a little dated now). In 2003 The Wolseley opened to fanfare and hyperbole, pleasing bloggers, critics and most importantly, celebrities who swarmed to breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner there. The interior is suited to the silver-screen clientele of the noughties – vaulted ceilings, polished marble and scrubbed stone surfaces, ebony-lacquered wood and crisscross patterned floors. The place exudes old-school, art deco glamour and is fashioned around the ‘grand-cafes’ of middle Europe...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 28 November 2013

    The Food Judge :: The Wolseley. An Old Classic.

    So to the issue of where I can eat with ease. I’m thinking comfort, space, service and no music.

    My mind wanders to somewhere I expect to find all these things and it falls on the self-styled ‘café-restaurant in the grand European tradition‘ that is The Wolseley.

    I probably don’t need to tell you that the name “Wolseley” derives from the fact that this was built as a car showroom in 1921, for Wolseley cars, who went bust shortly thereafter. It was taken over by Barclays Bank in 1927, but rescued and restored to the food-loving public by the present operators, Corbin and King, in 2003. And it is a...
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  1. Afternoon tea has to be one of my favourite things to do in London. The Wolseley located on the Piccadilly one of London’s most famous boulevards. The grand European building is gorgeous, as soon as you step in. The high ceilings, gold, black and cream shouted out expensive.

    I felt like I was in one of gossip girl episodes where Serena and Blair go to Paris, dining in exquisite places...
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  1. In March 2015, an adventurous London Kiwi sent an email to see if anyone fancied meeting for breakfast at this grand dame of a restaurant.

    In his book, Breakfast at The Wolseley A.A. Gill states 'Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life.' And with that being the case a group of six bloggers, iPhones at the ready and cameras in hand descended upon the Piccadilly restaurant to enjoy their first meal of the day together...
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  1. The Wolseley is an all-day Grand European café-restaurant found next to the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly, London. Created by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King who were behind the renewed fame and success of Le Caprice, The Ivy and J. Sheekey. In December 2011 they also opened The Delaunay on the corner of The Aldwych and Drury Lane, basically these guys know what they’re doing so I had no doubt my first experience at a Corbin and King eatery would be something special.

    The building itself has quite a history to it, once the home of Wolseley Motors and Barclays Bank, the interior boasts marble pillars, arches and stairways....
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  1. Afternoon tea at The Wolesley had been on my list for ages. I'd heard such good things about and after visiting for breakfast last year, it only upped my desire to visit for cake. I love the old-fashioned vibe of the place - it feels like you've gone back in time. My mum is my afternoon the partner in crime - we can sniff it out from a mile away. Naturally I treated her to Afternoon Tea for Mother's Day. Let's gloss over the fact I was a few months late. We got there in the end!...
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