.
20 August 2014
(menu)

Pollen Street Social three stars

8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ

£73.00 British Hanover Square, Savile Row

Overall Diner Rating

 

Based on 47 ratings. Rate it!

  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £60.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm

Square Meal Review of Pollen Street Social ?

If Jason Atherton’s super-cool uptown flagship were a rock band, it would already have been inducted into the hall of fame. ‘Special things happen here’, and fans treasure the place like an old friend. The clean-lined, metropolitan dining room has been refreshed, the pedigree wine list is better than ever, and there’s renewed energy in the kitchen, too – consider the silky finesse and finery of roasted Scrabster lobster with cubes of pungent Ibérico ham, baby leeks, chanterelles and deep, flavoursome shellfish broth. Otherwise, dip into Pollen Street’s scintillating back catalogue for the ever-evolving ‘risotto’ of squid with cauliflower and limpid, golden juices, or Highland venison with honey-spiced beetroots, quince purée and pickled pear. And then there’s the ‘unmissable’ dessert bar. The whole place exudes ‘razzy warmth’ and service bristles with confidence – in short, ‘one of London’s finest’.

Wine List Of The Year

This is not a list that does anything unusual – but it is about as rock solid and professional as you could wish. At 500 bins, it’s not a small list, but nor is it stuffed with wines that won’t sell. And while there might be a few trophy wines for clients with deep pockets, there is no shortage of fairly priced stuff, too. A third of the white Burgundies, for instance, are around £50 or less. Free of fuss, simple to use and error free, it’s a really good example of a no-nonsense list.

BMW Hall of Fame BMW Hall of Fame BMW
Click here to read our diners’ reviews, or write your own
 
  1. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Samantha E.

    Grown up perfection for skinny appetites....

        (7)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 7

    Was this review helpful to you?

  2. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Fat B.

    Confident, smart cooking and surprisingly fun!

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

    Was this review helpful to you?

  3. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Sam G.

    Very disappointed

        (1)
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 4

    Was this review helpful to you?

  4. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Maggie P.

    Worth going back to

        (8)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

    Was this review helpful to you?

  5. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Jamal R.

    Innovative starters!!!

        (5)
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

    Was this review helpful to you?

  6. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Continental Diner

    One of London's finest

      Platinum Reviewer  (110)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

    Was this review helpful to you?

  7. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Lalith W.

    Taster menu - why bother reading the a la carte?

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

    Was this review helpful to you?

  8. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Natalie Z.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

    Was this review helpful to you?

  9. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    James S.

    Food is superb

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

    Was this review helpful to you?

  10. Pollen Street Social

    8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Mitzie8cake

    Don't miss the dessert bar

      Gold Reviewer  (87)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

    Was this review helpful to you?

Back to Top
 

Got a blog?

Add your blog review of Pollen Street Social to Square Meal

Win fab prizes • Attract traffic to your blog • Add prestige to your blog Find out how

  1. Jason Atherton is the man of the moment! He already has five incredibly popular restaurants in London, including Berners Tavern, and the newly opened City Social. He has achieved worldwide acclaim with several restaurants in Asia and a plan for a new one in Dubai. Pollen Street Social is the jewel in Atherton's crown. It opened in 2011 and was awarded a Michelin star after only six months. I find some Michelin restaurants can be a bit staid and stuffy, but Pollen Street Social is the opposite. It was lively and buzzing!...
    More from SilverSpoon London »

  2. Published : Thursday, 13th March 2014

    ytTastes :: Pollen Street Social – Afternoon Tea

    Having said I would try Jason Atherton‘s other establishments after my experiences of breakfast then lunch at Berners Tavern, I had the opportunity to try out tea at Pollen Street Social by chance. I was meeting a friend for catch up and we were struggling to find a quiet place from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. By chance my friend was walking close by Pollen Street Social, so I guided him to check it out and we ended up having coffee/tea there at their Social bar. As I was running slightly late, it was very pleasant to rush out of the shopping crowd and into the side street where Pollen Street Social sits, into their cool exterior and collapse into their comfortable armchairs in their bar area. I had a good feeling about the place, partly due to a picture message sent by my waiting friend below, saying “you’ll be happy with the water glass”...
    More from ytTastes »

  3. Published : Monday, 23rd December 2013

    inher30s :: Pollen Street Social

    For no better reason than indulging ourselves on a day off, sister-in-law & I have decided to splurge on a decadent lunch at Michelin starred Pollen Street Social. It’s not quite as extravagant as you may think – 2 courses at lunch set you back £28 with three courses coming in at £35. There’s a relaxed and open atmosphere pervading the restaurant but on a Monday lunchtime, it is largely full of business lunchers, no doubt taking advantage of a good deal. While we peruse the menu (it’s short but really difficult to decide), amuse bouches arrive, attractively presented in a box made to look like a book...
    More from inher30s »

  4. Published : Wednesday, 11th December 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Pollen Street Social

    Sired by Jason Atherton, there is potential for Pollen Street Social to offer the kind of culinary flexing that one would expect from an ex elBulli chef. As well as working with Ferran Adrià of elBulli, Atherton has also honed his talents in the kitchens of Pierre Koffman, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsey. With a bit of luck, the stellar success of Pollen Street Social will reflect in our experience...
    More from Wrap Your Lips Around This »

  5. Like the Queen my Dad had two birthday celebrations this year. The previous evening we were at Aqua followed by Pollen Street Social on the Friday. I am slightly annoyed in that I didn't take my camera and was going too, so again I only had my blooming phone which when the food is as beautiful as this I'm now kicking myself, the pics simply do not do the food justice - sorry Chef Atherton. Having previously been to Jason Atherton's PSS for Mr D's birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it, we were looking forward to a second seating and also showing Mum and Dad a place that we loved. We sat at the gorgeous and buzzy bar and enjoyed a blooming good cocktail (Princess Peach for me, wine and beers for the others)...
    More from S.W. Foodie »

  6. Published : Friday, 11th October 2013

    the chic brulee :: Pollen Street Social

    They call it “deformalised fine dining” and it’s a concept I’d like to see more of in London. Led by elBulli trained British chef Jason Atherton, Pollen Street Social is a buzzy, Michelin-starred bistro with a hip vibe on an enviable Mayfair block. The interior is clean and contemporary with an ambience formal enough for fine dining, but casual enough for a boisterous weeknight meal. The service was impeccable from the start and rivaled the kind of treatment we’ve received at 2- or 3-star Michelin restaurants around the world. My husband and I often find ourselves looking for a place with the quality of food you’d expect at a fine restaurant, but in a more relaxed atmosphere that doesn’t require a 5-hour time commitment and jacket and tie. Pollen Street Social may be the answer...
    More from the chic brulee »

  7. Published : Monday, 16th September 2013

    Munch My Way :: Pollen Street Social, Mayfair

    Bombay Brasserie offers fine indian food in a very grand setting right in Gloucester Road. The food evolves around the tandoori oven such as the grill meats and fish, curries and vegetarian dishes… When I go have Indian food I always go for the classic combination for me...
    More from Munch My Way »

  8. The vibe is modern and expensive. It is just had a refurb, according to the maitre d’, but I wasn’t able to tell what had changed. My memory doesn’t go back two years. These days it doesn’t go back 2 minutes, frankly and we were lucky that I remembered it at all. Like the anniversary. Delivered in a wooden box that looked like a book were three very lovely amuse-bouche...
    More from Saying it straight »

  9. Published : Thursday, 5th September 2013

    Over the Hype :: Nuances of Red, Pollen Street Social

    Nuances of Red is a relatively new addition to the Pollen Street Social Dessert Bar. Capturing the essence of vibrant flowers and fruits, this dessert was absolutely visually appealing but did the £10-a-piece pass the taste test as well? It’s a feast for the eyes and every bit the decadence taste wise too. From the fresh raspberries, pickled roses, and the frozen yogurt, the dessert had sweetness, sourness and a little savouriness all delicately orchestrated into one right in front of your eyes by the talented chefs behind the scenes...
    More from Over the Hype »

  10. I knew I wanted to try Jason Atherton’s food after watching him win the starter and main course on the Great British Menu a couple of years before. Having previously worked with culinary heavyweights such as Pierre Koffman, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsey, and even more notably at the World Famous elBulli working with Ferran Adrià, this was a chef who obviously had skill and an imaginative creativity to his food. That first encounter was memorable for both of us, so I thought a special day deserved a lunch that befitted the occasion. The Pollen Street Social is found just off Regent Street and a couple of minutes walk from Oxford Street tube station, away from the hustle and bustle of all the shoppers and traffic...
    More from A Tale of Two Sittings »

  11. Jason Atherton found his fame while running Gordon Ramsay’s Maze. Following in his bosses footsteps, he threw himself headfirst into the world of celebrity chefdom. After becoming a household name, it was no surprise when the Yorkshireman opened his own restaurant in 2010. Sleek, modern yet still warm, Pollen Street is a different kind of dining room to those Londoners are used to. Though the wooden floors and a lack of soft furnishings create a hectic and lively buzz, which borders on noisy...
    More from vialaporte »

  12. Published : Friday, 5th April 2013

    Fd Over LDN :: Social climbing up Pollen Street

    Pollen Street Social is right in the heart off busy shopping central in London off Regents Street. Barely a minute away from the Apple Store, in alley, that has barely any through fare. There is hardly anything down here, except for PSS and Jason Atherton's newer place, Little Social just opposite...
    More from Fd Over LDN »

  13. Published : Monday, 18th February 2013

    Caviar Girl :: Pollen Street Social

    This vibrant and unpretentious establishment has been a very busy social butterfly since opening its doors in April 2011. Although this was not the intention Pollen St earned a Michelin star within 6 months of opening and was named best new UK restaurant by the good food guide 2012.  This is no small achievement and is definitely reflected in the creative dishes, the service and the relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.Restaurant viewMore pics and more words>>Thanks for reading :)
    More from Caviar Girl »

  14. Published : Sunday, 27th January 2013

    The food chambers :: Pollen Street Social

    Quite simply one of the best lunches I’ve had in a very long time. The only downfall was the lack of knowledge of our booking even after an email and telephone conversation. Comfortable, social and not pretentious. Three things I enjoy when dining out. The service was knowledgeable with each dishes execution explained in detail with passion from all of the team. The maitre’d was pretty much made to order my entire meal as I wanted everything and didn’t think it looked right to have two main starters and two mains. Plus they just wouldn’t have all gone in. The portions are a good size and with all of the extra additions in-between each course it is hard enough to do three courses...
    More from The food chambers »

  15. Published : Sunday, 21st October 2012

    SamTheFoodFan :: Pollen Street Social

    Pollen Street Social is the first solo venture of former right-hand man of Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton. A man who has also worked with the likes of Pierre Kaufman at Le Tante Claire and the first Brit to work with Ferran Adria at the 3 Michelin star El Bulli in Spain. So you just know it’s going to be good! As soon as you walk you in, you get what Atherton was trying to do. The interior is all wood and leather and noise! This isn't what your typical Michelin star restaurants look like. Not only has he put 'social' in the name, but it’s in the feel of the place too! Fine dining in a totally relaxed atmosphere...
    More from SamTheFoodFan »

  16. Published : Wednesday, 1st August 2012

    andmorefood :: pollen street social, london

    decent british fine dining near oxford circus. there was a lot of hype surrounding this restaurant when it first open, much like the burger & lobster, and of course I decided to wait until that died down a little before trying it. I rather enjoyed this meal, though I thought it was good rather than fantastic and I’m going to start sounding like a broken record player by saying I much prefer petrus. the restaurant is much larger than I expected it to be, comprising of one large main dining room furnished with a dessert bar, as well as a smaller, casual-er bar area where you enter. tables are spaced rather close together, such that you can eavesdrop on your neighbors’ conversations if you choose to, but not so much that you can’t squeeze your way out without disturbing someone else...
    More from andmorefood »

Location of Pollen Street Social

Book online

  • Main Restaurant

Diners at Pollen Street Social also recommend...


Please do not change this field Please do not change this field Please do not change this field