Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel 1

Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place , London, SW1Y 4HX

  • Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel
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SquareMeal Review of Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel

With its dramatic light fittings, doggie silhouettes on the backs of the chairs and deep sari-pink hues, Kit Kemp’s quirky design for Brumus is inimitably British, witty and plush – a “safe but never dreary choice for locals and out-of-towners”. The carte majors on refined comfort food with a recognisable Anglo-European accent, from pickled sardines with horseradish cream or slow-baked onion and goats’ cheese tart with candied walnuts to pumpkin and chestnut risotto, chicken pot au feu or calf’s liver with swede purée, bacon and capers. Meanwhile, the grill delivers Dover sole, pork T-bones and herb-crusted rack of lamb. Punters from the Theatre Royal next door often drop by, and there are pleasurable attractions in the adjacent Brumus Bar too. Other smart London details include teas from Miller Harris and three types of ice-cream sundae.
Special offers

Set Menu 2 courses £19.50/ 3 courses £23

From: 01 August 2017

To: 30 November 2017

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

3 courses & a glass of prosecco: £28

From: 01 August 2017

To: 30 November 2017

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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6.7

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 6.3

Atmosphere: 7.8

Value: 6.3

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 19 May 2017

The Haymarket Hotel (part of the Firmdale Group) has a lovely vibe to it. Post a relatively recent refurbishment, it feels distinctly cool. There is a boldness to the place in terms of its bright colours, quirky décor and statement modern art adorning the walls. As an aside, it also has one of the coolest swimming pools in London, located in the basement. Sadly, it is only available for hotel guests or private hire. So far, so good. Logically enough, therefore, you would expect the hotel’s restaurant also to be pretty decent. Three of us visited on a recent weekday evening and came away generally underwhelmed. In summary, it was lot of money (c£70/head – with just one bottle of wine consumed) spent on a mostly forgettable culinary experience. It wasn’t that the food was actively bad; rather that it epitomised bland mediocrity. I am not quite sure where it went wrong, since the menu’s descriptions all sounded enticing enough. Somewhere, however, something got lost between the creativity of the compiler of the food options at Brumus and their execution in the kitchen. Take my starter. On paper, a combination of octopus, fennel, celery, pink fir potato, lemon and smoked paprika sounds mouth-wateringly enticing. When it came, the octopus was among the most tasteless sampled in recent memory; there was no evidence of any spice at all (and certainly not smoked paprika); and, the dish seemed largely bulked out with fennel. One of my comrades also noted that his crab cakes lacked the chilli promised and that consuming it seemed something of a chore. We hoped the mains might improve. Sadly, they didn’t really. Again, my choice of braised pork cheeks with roasted onion purée, heritage carrots and star anise suggested much promise. On arrival though, I couldn’t help feeling let-down: no star anise, three tiny heritage carrots and a purée that was half-cold and could have been made of anything. Quote of the evening goes to my comrade who, when asked his opinion of his steak, responded that it reminded him of “something eaten in a Berni Inn.” For those unfamiliar, Berni Inn was a British chain of steakhouses that died its death in the mid-1990s and was lamented by few. Overall, it was such a pity. Get a good chef in – someone who can cook with passion – and the place might well be packed with diners keen to return.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Linda P. 19 March 2016

We were most impressed with the staff who welcomed us on arrival. They seemed genuinely interested in us and in our plans for the evening. (we were going to the theatre) The service was excellent and the surroundings extremely pleasant. Limited choices on the fixed price menu, so we all chose the beef main course which we enjoyed. Hopefully the menu changes from time to time! We would definitely go to Brumus again, because the overall experience was so good!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Stephanie K. 29 June 2013

I booked Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel for an early pre-theatre supper with two friends of mine who were visiting from the USA. We had an absolutely delicious meal with a glass of prosecco to start and then we each had two courses. The service was excellent and our waiters were friendly, helpful and informative. It was a perfect setting for a lovely, quick pre-theatre supper and I would definitely come back and eat there again! I LOVED the dogs that were on the back of each chair, I thought the decor was very stylish. All in all, I would highly recommend Brumus for a great night out.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

gmbklm gold reviewer 14 July 2011

Tried Brumus in Feb 2011 for a post theatre dinner, due to its proximity to the Comedy Theatre. The play didn't finish until 10pm. Decor and furnishing is very trendy and warm, with unusual colours, which works well. However, the dining room was virtually empty, so naturally lacked atmosphere – but at least it meant that we could take a window seat and watch the world go by in the Haymarket, which can be entertaining. We chose some of the more expensive items from the a la carte menu. The food was fairly good, although nothing exciting or great, but much better than we had expected for this very touristy part of London. Unfortunately, our waiter's service approach switched between a) being completely unattentive (chatting to a colleague) and b) being rather patronising, talking to us as if we were newly arrived tourists who had never eaten in a decent restaurant before. Remarkably similar to that irritating habit of some French restaurants !! Cost £100 for 2 for 2 courses inc service ex all drinks, or £160 in total. In my view, completely mis-priced and very poor value for the quality of food and the poor service. Felt like a “fleece the hotel residents” price level. A shame, because it’s a nice room, conveniently located, and the food was perfectly OK. We won't be back.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Charles H. 01 April 2011

We tried Brumus for a pre-theatre dinner due to its excellent position next to the Theatre Roayl Haymarket. It was the wrong choice of restaurant. The service was extremely slow. Combined with a gas supply problem in the kitchen, that meant that we were left with just a few minutes to bolt down our main courses. That was a pity as the food was actually quite good. We never got as far as desserts/ coffee. The waiting staff have perfected the art of ignoring customers trying to catch their attention which made us particularly frustrated by the time that we left. Avoid.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Michael P. 11 September 2010

At £16.95 for two courses the pre theatre set munu looked to be good value and I guess it was. So how, in just over an hour, did the two of us manage to spend a hundred and twenty quid? I left the bill on the table – to hot to move – so from memory it went something like: two gin and tonics at about £9 each. Two glasses of champagne (well, it was my birthday last week) at about a tenner each and a glass of white wine each with our meal at eight pounds a go. I incautiously ordered two portions of veg at four pounds each and we finished with a single espresso each. They finished by adding a 12.5% service charge. One hundred and nineteen pounds. This was the Brumus Bar and restaurant which is part of the Haymarket Hotel. All the reviews describe it as trendy. That should have been warning in itself. The food was OK, the staff were trying – no really, they were fine, only niggle was that the samphire which accompanied my mullet had too much wood in it – it was like eating tooth picks. Good job my austerity conscious chum insisted on having tap water.

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Room for 22 people
Capacity: 22
Room for 30 people
Capacity: 30
Special offers

Set Menu 2 courses £19.50/ 3 courses £23

From: 01 August 2017

To: 30 November 2017

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

3 courses & a glass of prosecco: £28

From: 01 August 2017

To: 30 November 2017

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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