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|Address:||The Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, London W1U 2BE|
|Tel:||020 3551 9849|
|Price: £50.00||Wine: £23.50||Champagne: £59.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-10pm (Thurs-Sat -10.30pm)|
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Four of us took advantage of one of the many offers currently available at this establishment, lured in by the prospect of a “quintessentially British experience”, taking [its] “inspiration from classic British gentlemen’s clubs” as the blurb on their website would have you believe. Oh dear…
The bar was, at first glance, not too bad with a clubby welcoming vibe catering for both those lounge lizards who like to perch on stools at the counter and those of us who prefer a more comfy sofa. Service got a bit slow as the clientele increased, and prices were on a par with other similar hotel bars (i.e. ouch!) What really let it down was the quite unnecessary thumping soundtrack of 60/70/80's dance music which went totally against the feel and ambiance the decor creates. As such, we quickly hot footed it to the restaurant, in order to escape into what we anticipated would be a more rarified, genteel atmosphere…oh dear again…
The blaring soundtrack unfortunately followed us and that, coupled with the darkness of the dining room, made for a pretty awful eating location. The food was ok-ish – we were on the steak or lobster burger offer; everyone gave the thumbs up to the accompanying chips, but mains themselves were so-so. A posh filet-o-fish my friend remarked and she had a point. I just found the darkness, noise and general crampedness of the dining room, somewhere that I needed to escape from fast.
Despite the offer our bill came in at a whopping £160 and I'm still trying to work out how on earth we managed that, given that our main courses and wine was already paid for up front. Having had a great run of truly remarkable restaurant offers for some while now, I guess it was time that our luck ran out. A shame as on paper Reform sounded really good, but clearly their interpretation of a “gentleman's club” and mine differ wildly…