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|Address:||The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR|
|Tel:||020 3641 0451|
|Price: £98.00||Wine: £49.00||Champagne: £91.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7-10.30am (Sun 8am- ) 12.30-2pm 5.30-10pm (Sun 7pm- )|
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… the best. And this really encapsulates the Ritz. Yes, it is expensive, yes the decor has seen better days and yes some of the extras are pricey, but and this is the key here: it delivers. In a very big way. The dining room, mainly in the evening, lunch I am less keen on, is beautiful. There is a glow which few other public restaurants have, the candles, the music and food. The food is excellent, not in a cutting edge way, but in a classic well taught and well executed way. The team of Sommelliers are excellent, and contrary to popular belief are not there to rip you off at all – much to the contrary. On a recent visit, I was guided towards a better value bottle which is a rare and very pleasant experience. The Ritz then does not try to compete with some of the very modern two and three star offerings, it is a far more timeless and tested experience, which is not there to educate or to push boundaries, but to entertain, to please and to give a refresher on “how it's really done”. The ground by the way is very mixed these days and the atmosphere many things but not stuffy in the least. I found myself leaving and thinking, I hope the Ritz, when it is eventually gets refreshed, will not fall prey to the fate of so many great London hotels of being spoilt by fashion, or for that matter the generic tastes of a large multi-national hotel group. It's just fine the way it has been and the way it is. And life is still too short not to try it and then go again and again…