Oscar at the Charlotte Street Hotel 1

Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 , London, W1T 1RJ

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SquareMeal Review of Oscar at the Charlotte Street Hotel

Smart doormen and uniform awnings spell class at the Charlotte Street Hotel, and its buzzing bar is no different. Named after that famous literary booze-hound Oscar Wilde, this place plays host to smart suits and well-heeled ladies sipping fizz, as well as tourists at the wealthier end of the spectrum. Afternoon tea accompanied by pink Champagne or a White Chocolate Martini is a popular pastime, but Oscar gets really rammed after the offices close down. The bartenders clearly know their cocktails, but we'd single out the Charlotte Bramble – a signature concoction of fig-infused Bombay Sapphire gin, blackberries and crème de mûre, best enjoyed with nibbles such as crispy chilli squid or aloo tikki Scotch egg. If the thought of skiving bothers you, just remember Oscar Wilde's mantra – 'work is the curse of the drinking classes'.

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Bloomsbury set afternoon tea with a gimlet: £26

From: 02 October 2017

To: 20 November 2017

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Get a Complimentary bottle of red or white house wine with dinner

From: 02 October 2017

To: 31 October 2017

Max: 10

Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 7.5

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.3

Value: 6.5

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Debbie S. 30 July 2013

I went for a business lunch with two others. Starter of fish cakes was OK but disappointing that it was fried and greasy so don't choose this unless you like greasy food. The main of fish was lovely and done really well as were the additional vegetables, the chips were hard and greasy however, so not recommended. The dessert was to die for. I had Oscar's Eaton Mess with raspberry and mango and it was superb, it's always a nice atmosphere here, and the lunch time we were in, all the doors were open so it was cool and airy. One of the good things about Oscar's is that it doesn't feel like a hotel restaurant. The service was attentive, only slightly marred by one waiter who was going through the motions but acted like he didn't want to be there. He was polite but insensitive regarding when to interrupt the table. The rest of the staff were great however. I will definitely come back here again

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

BoatLady platinum reviewer 17 December 2012

I wish I could go back and tell my naive 19 year old self in my student digs “You will NEVER be able to live on Charlotte Street again so enjoy it now you lucky BEEP”. I don't think Charlotte Street Hotel even existed back then; if it did our eyes slid past it as the closest we got to sophistication was blowing the overdraft on prosecco at Bertorelli's (farewell old friend). You need an overdraft to come to Oscar's, the restaurant in the hotel here. We managed to rack up £56 each on a glass of champagne, a snifter of Riesling and a bog standard 2-3 course Christmas meal. Don't get me wrong, this was not foisted on me. I voluntarily opted for the chestnut soup and the roast turkey. I could have had something completely different as there was plenty of choice on the menu but I was excited by the Christmassy courses. Sadly, whilst it was competently executed, it just failed to be much more than your average yawnsome office Christmas lunch fare and certainly not worth the price tag. What else was I expecting? I don't know but it disappointed food-wise. Probably because, greedy guts, “all the trimmings” were tiny and tucked away under the turkey (thank god we'd ordered plenty of sides). All in all a bit like opening your stocking on Christmas morning to discover Santa thinks you only deserve a packet of nuts, a bag of chocolate coins and a satsuma this year. That used to cut the mustard 20 years ago, but now? Not even in a recession, thanks Santa. Everything else about the experience was perfectly “nice”. The service was friendly and competent. The tables are linen-laid and hotelly. There's the right level of noise and busy-ness to feel you're in the heart of London without it being rammed down your throat. I will come back here (and to the other group hotels in Soho and Covent Garden) but will stick to afternoon tea or the cinema dates which are better value. I'm still a student at heart.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Caroline S. bronze reviewer 03 May 2012

I had to find a place to have breakfast/brunch with my son who studies at UCL. This was amazing. The food was delicious. The service slow but good. Not many people n the place on a sunday morning for brunch but that was ok. I would highly recommend it. PLus the hotel is really fun to check out. It is expensive though…

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

David K. silver reviewer 06 April 2010

Lunch at Oscar in the Charlotte Street Hotel was a very enjoyable and memorable experience. The decor is interesting and different and certainly not stuffy as some hotel restaurants can become. The food and service were both very good. It was a busy lunchtime service but that did nothng to distract from the quality of the food which arrived in a reasonable time. The Baked Alaska was particularly well prepared and fulfilled all of the expectations. My main course of veal was very well cooked and presented. The flavours supported the visual impression of the dish very well. My colleague and I both commented on what an enjoyable experience Oscar had given us and our intention to return. The only downside is that the restrooms are a little way away from the restaurant and that involves a few stairs. I am not sure if they have anywhere available as an alternative for diners with mobility issues.

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Room for 10 people
Capacity: 10
Room for 14 people
Capacity: 14
Room for 32 people
Capacity: 32
Special offers

Bloomsbury set afternoon tea with a gimlet: £26

From: 02 October 2017

To: 20 November 2017

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Get a Complimentary bottle of red or white house wine with dinner

From: 02 October 2017

To: 31 October 2017

Max: 10

Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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