Espelette at The Connaught

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Looking out over the fountains of Carlos Place, Espelette wraps around The Connaught as a bright conservatory lined with Portland stone & subtle yellows. A casual alternative to Hélène Darroze’s Michelin-garlanded flagship, this is no second-rate compromise; just expect less fuss & a simpler style. Salmon might be poached & offered with sides of exceptional skinny fries or Provençal tomatoes beneath crisp breadcrumbs, while luxurious Landes foie gras crops up in a plain combo with penne & wild mushrooms. Hélène’s influence also shows in the Bayonne ham carved tableside & in the delicate complexities of desserts such as New York cheesecake lavished in lime & white chocolate cream dotted with candied fennel & celery. Prices are some of Mayfair’s most punishing, although those on a budget can bask in the hotel’s distinguished luxe with a £41 afternoon tea.

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Espelette at The Connaught

The Connaught, 16 Carlos Place ,London W1K 2AL

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Birthday treat

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Feb 2016

Editor's pick I booked Espelette at the Connaught for my sons birthday. We had a 3 course meal from a restricted but excellent menu. There was something for us all even the fussy eaters. Included in the deal was a glass of champagne. The service was exemplary. Atmosphere very relaxed yet special. All in all a lovely evening at a very reasonable £ 35.00 per head. Iona

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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The Connaught, 16 Carlos Place ,London W1K 2AL

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Mar 2014

Light, airey, well spaced tables this is just a very classy joint. It is not cheap but then my two America collegues said that the salmon steak was just the best that they had ever tasted and worth every penny. Its not exciting but it's a great place for a quiet business lunch.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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The Connaught, 16 Carlos Place ,London W1K 2AL

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Apr 2012

This review is purely for the Afternoon tea at the Connaught Rooms, I cannot comment on any other facilities this hotel offers. Here goes…. I booked this afternoon tea for my partners’ birthday as a surprise. I went to the Langham last year and that was fabulous. But when looking at reviews for this year’s tea guild awards The Connaught were rated quite high. They charge £35 per head which is quite ‘normal’ for this type of establishment. We went for this menu, and the waiter bought out one stand...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 1

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    secretemple :: Espelette - The Connaught

    Etched into memory from that night was my trip to the toilet – and it wasn’t even the stained glass in the cubicle. As I went to the sink, a gentleman appeared, opened the faucets, poured soap in my hands, handed me a towel and closed the faucets for me. It was rather odd, and it was unfortunate that the food wasn’t nearly as memorable.
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