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With its Wedgwood-esque bas relief, enormous chandeliers and the odd bust here and there, as well as a chap tinkling the ivories in one corner, this huge conservatory is almost a caricature of the best and grandest of British. Coupled with charming, gliding service and acres of white linen, it creates a style to which many of us would like to become accustomed. The menu is predictably littered with big-money ingredients (native lobster with smoked broccoli purée, saddle of wild roe deer with quince confit), but chef Florian Favario’s kitchen seems just as happy working with less highfalutin raw materials: cauliflower is roasted and dressed with lemon curry-infused oil and aged Parmesan, while boned quail is accompanied by petits pois à la française and a ring of girolles. “Slick and smart” describes the service, and the wine list impresses without breaking the bank. Despite Céleste’s Michelin-starred status and the unrelenting grandeur all around, prices aren’t too scary and the set menu (only bookable online) is a positive bargain.

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3 courses & a glass of champagne: £42

Enjoy three courses from the menu du jour and a glass of Champagne for £42 per person. Reservations must be received in advance. Price includes VAT and excludes service charge. Soft drink alternative available. Offer subject to availability.

Available: 20 July 2017

Max: 6 people

Expires: 30 November 2017

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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Céleste at The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner ,London SW1X 7TA

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An altogether pleasant affair

by   bronze reviewer (8)

Apr 2017

Editor's pick I love easy reviews, they usually come after you don't have to do much thinking about it. You can distinctly say "The food was good" "the decor was nice" "The waitress threw rhubarb sauce on me..." (that actually happened). And this is such a review. Dining here for lunch we were the first ones into the restaurant, a strange experience it has to be said, and were greeted by friendly staff. Eating off a set menu as we were is quite a fun experience, you get the...

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Mike S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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Céleste at The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner ,London SW1X 7TA

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Potential not realised, sadly.

by   platinum reviewer (125)

Apr 2017

I really wanted to like Celeste. Hand on heart, we could with a few more "old fashioned" high-end dining rooms. Many reading these pages will know what I mean, as much as we like modern, relaxed fine dining, there are events which require the full service. Very few places pull off the balance. I had high hopes with Celeste but what I found was a stark contrast. The potentially beautiful dining room is decorated in a strange slightly lost empire or regency style which ends up lost in translation....

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 3

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Essential Details for Céleste at The Lanesborough

  • Cuisine: French Modern European
  • Area: Belgravia
  • Price: £110
  • Wine: £35
  • Champagne: £75
  • Dinner: £75/95 (5/7 courses)
  • Private Dining: 12,12,12,20,26,34,36

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