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Good for “banter and booze” – and more besides – Boyds is staking its claim as a serious contender at the bottom of Trafalgar Square. What was once the imperial Hotel Victoria has been
sympathetically restored to its former glory, making the opulent, marble-clad brasserie a rather grand setting for meals beneath sculpted ceilings and glittering chandeliers. Artisan ‘British
tapas’ regularly hit the target, but the all-purpose menu aims to please, roaming through burgers, wild mushroom risotto and char-grilled rib-eye, as well offering flashier ideas such as seared
scallops with pork belly and apple sauce or slow-cooked ham hock with a duck egg, French beans, radish and watercress. On busy nights, the place feels “achingly trendy” as eager staff oversee the
show and a happy crowd convenes in the adjoining bar. Pre-theatre menus do their job “efficiently”, and Boyds now offers a modern take on afternoon tea every day.
It’s nearing the end of July and the summer is in full swing. The sun has got its hat on and us Londoners are feeling rather pleased, as we wind up outside beer gardens, terraces and rooftop bars swigging beer/cider/rosé (delete as appropriate) by the gallons. This is one of the my two most favourite traditions of this great nation. The other is afternoon tea.
Thanks to the 7th Duchess of Bedford’s lightbulb moment in the 1840′s, we now all have the option of an extra meal in the day, to head out and celebrate our many occasions over. I know I’ve indulged in many a lavish afternoon tea across the capital in some of the finest establishments; the Palm court at the Langham, Fortnum and Mason, the Spatisserie at the Dorchester and one of my all time favourites – Prêt à Portea at the Berkeley Hotel.
So I was rather curious when I was invited by the UK’s leading hospitality guide – Square Meal – to a tea at Boyds Brasserie, a relatively unheard of dining venue in the heart of London, and only a few steps from busy Trafalgar Square... More from Mitziesbubble »