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|Address:||St James's Park, London SW1A 2BJ|
|Tel:||020 7451 9999|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £42.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 8am-8.30pm (Sat 9am- ) Sun 9am-5pm|
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Inn the Park is about 10 minutes walk from work for me so I've been several times. I've only ever done the self service buffet style option so I am not ideally placed to comment on service etc.
The experience is wholly average – it’s not good or bad, its just handy for me, but it can get really busy and noisy and most of the clientele will have a camera slung around their neck, so you can feel a bit out of place in a suit.
Its great to go on a sunny day; you can sit outside on the decking, enjoy a rare burst of sunshine and some lovely views of the park and if you sit upstairs (which isn't covered) you can even see the London Eye looming over the Treasury. Don't expect 5 star luxury (its more like 2 stars); the seating is basic, the tables are small and cramped (great to find out who saw what museum earlier in the day, or how badly the underground is perceived by Americans) and don't seem to be cleared as quickly as you'd like.
The self service options normally include cold choices like salads, sandwiches, cakes, drinks etc and some basic hot selections like sausage and mash or chilli and rice – the hot selections are OK, but reminiscent of a work canteen rather than a decent restaurant, nice cakes though! However, I do really object to plastic cutlery! Prices are a bit more than you might expect given what you are eating, but certainly not out of bounds – it’s more costly than going to Pret, but comes in around Pizza Express pricing.
It’s certainly not somewhere that you'd make a special effort to go to – and if you do you are likely to be sorely disappointed, but if you happen to be in the park anyway, or work nearby, then its better than sitting on the grass with a curly edged sandwich. I'm sure I'll go again, but I suspect if work was 5 minutes further away I'd never set foot in there again.