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|Address:||The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU|
|Tel:||020 7222 2555|
|Price: £64.00||Wine: £28.00||Champagne: £56.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 7.30am-12M (Sat 12N- )|
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Service and value seem to be the general issues with the Cinnamon Club. Personally both were fine for me.
I went for lunch with 2 friends and the set lunch option at £19 for 2 courses was fine value; even allowing for wine, water, service and side dishes our bill came to under £40 per head; it's not quite as good value as Roux, but still reasonable. Service was also very good – in and out in an hour and a quarter, no long waits, the right food and drinks (which were topped up in a non-intrusive manner), the bill arriving quickly when asked for and payments being taken, staff being polite and friendly – basically everything you could want.
Food was average – main course of Thai chicken curry, fine but not special and no better than a number of alternative venues, followed by chocolate and cherry pudding, again OK but certainly not one of those wow moments that you sometimes get served up.
Atmosphere is quiet but pleasant and business like for lunch – the old library seems to have the effect of making people very quiet, almost as if you expect to get told off for talking too loudly. Tables are spacious and reasonably spaced, seating comfortable, everything clean and tidy, the room looks exactly like the pictures, but its not stand out in the same way as you get with other venues e.g. there is no view and the room doesn't make you feel as special as, say, La Chappelle.
It’s a nice option if you are around the Westminster area – personally I'd rather go to Roux – but I'm sure I'll return here.