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|Address:||St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Euston Road, London NW1 2AR|
|Tel:||020 3589 2670|
|Price: £53.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £72.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10pm)|
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I've read some of the other reviews on the Gilbert Scott, and absolutely agree that the tables are way too close together – my dining friend and I were seated in between two other tables, along a banquette, with the other diners as far away from us as if we had all been dining as a group of 6 people. Given the cost of the bill, and the lavishness of the room, I think it is a real pity that the ambience is spoiled like this.
The food was very good – a special mention for the bacon olives, but again spoiled by some elementary mistakes. My dining friend ordered the rabbit and prawn pie, only to be told they didn't have it that evening. Then why not say so when we sat down? My ‘sole in coffins’ was two rolled sole fillets, with a creamy brown shrimp sauce, sitting on mash. Absolutely delicious, faultless seasoning and texture, but not the sole in crispy potato casings that the menu promised. I had a coffee, which was an excellent espresso, but didn't even come with a chocolate on the side.
The service, however, was exemplary, even on a very busy evening. Red wine is left on the table, but white removed to ice buckets – if you are doing that, you have to have an efficient way of policing which glasses need topping up when, and the sommelier and his staff have that off to a fine art.
So, a good evening, in an amazing building, but coloured by some silly mistakes – and, Marcus? If you read this – take out a couple of tables, please!