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|Address:||St. Ermin's Hotel, 2 Caxton Street, London SW1H 0QW|
|Tel:||020 3641 1853|
|Price: £48.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm|
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I feel a bit of a fraud writing a review for somewhere that I only ate one course in and was in an out in under 1 hour, but as a quick lunch option near Westminster its fine – not exceptional, but good enough.
Service is a touch chaotic – they are all very nice, but don't seem to have quite worked out who is doing what. As a result you don't get ignored, rather every 2 minutes someone is by the table doing something or asking you the same question you've already been asked by their colleague.
Atmosphere is a little odd – but perhaps a freezing cold Monday lunchtime, early on, was never going to be the best option. Customers are a mix of almost entirely middle aged male suits (like me) with the occasional hotel guest stuck out like a sore thumb and a few people using the restaurant as a cut through to get back to their hotel rooms. There is no music and tables are too close together, but the decor is pleasantly bland in that way that only hotel restaurants seem to manage and there is enough natural light that you don't feel trapped in a bunker.
Food is fine, though not perhaps as described. I had fish and chips – you get a choice of both which fish you'd like and which chips – I went for battered halibut with triple cooked chunky chips. The fish was perfectly decent, a good sized fillet in light batter that arrived hot, the chips – whilst wholly edible – were definitely not triple cooked, perhaps I'll have to try the Parmesan and truffle ones next time!
Value for money is always better when you aren't paying the bill – but 2 main courses plus water and service came to £32, which seems alright to me.
I'll go back again.