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|Address:||28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH|
|Tel:||020 7499 9943|
|Price: £68.00||Wine: £27.00||Champagne: £79.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri, Sun 12N-2.45pm (Sun -3.45pm) Mon-Sun 6-10.30pm (Sun -9.15pm)|
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We liked the clubby décor and autumnal / winter colour scheme. Very cosy on cold days. Front of house was very welcoming. On this Saturday evening visit, the restaurant was full and staff very busy.
We liked the traditional British menu, with a strong presence of game. Interesting dishes, without being too lead by current fashion.
After a 45 mins wait, our starters were very good: Fresh and tasty oysters, and very tasty duck liver. The pork cheeks and pheasant main courses were good and also very tasty, but significantly let down by being delivered luke warm. After a 1 1/2hrs wait, and getting very hungry, we weren’t going to send them back.
Service was generally professional and competent, but not particularly attentive or charming. We sometimes had to make quite a lot of effort to gain attention from the waiters.
If the food had been delivered hot and more quickly, I would regard the pricing as being very fair for the quality. If the problems can be ironed out, it could be a really great restaurant. I expect more for £120 for 2 courses inc service ex wine / drinks. As others have commented, the sommelier was very helpful, which is needed given the few choices sub £50-60.
Overall, a good new venue for traditional British food. However, it is not really up to the standard one would expect given its plaudits and the 2009 BMW award. We had the impression that they were just trying to fit in too many covers for their organising ability, with insufficient waiting staff or kitchen capacity for their busy Saturday night sitting. A previous mid-week lunch in a much quieter restaurant had been considerably more enjoyable, with much better service and better executed properly hot food. We will try again at some point in the future, but it will be outside a “peak period”. I would not recommend a busy evening booking.