Reform Social and Grill

The Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place , London, W1U 2BE

9 reviews

50 British Marylebone

Reform social and grill May 2016 1

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SquareMeal Review of Reform Social and Grill

“Like a gentlemen’s club, but in a good way”, observed one reader who loved the dark ambience of this cool hotel dining room with its varnished woodwork, chunky red leather banquettes, mirrors and geometric tiled floor. The masculine feel is also reflected in the all-day menu, with hearty, uncomplicated dishes making good use of native ingredients – witness Lyons treacle-cured salmon with horseradish and potato salad, braised ox cheeks with real-ale gravy or roast breast of buttermilk chicken with coronation sauce. Buccleuch steaks, Barnsley chops and lobster burgers are hits from the Josper grill, while sticky toffee pudding with ice cream is a typically traditional dessert. The wine list is well worth a look, Sunday lunch is a big occasion and there are decent fixed-price lunchtime deals during the week. Reform also does a very British afternoon tea.

Special offers

Gentleman’s afternoon tea with free flowing bubbles £39 per person

Bookings must be made 24 hrs in advance. Alcohol served to over 18s only. Proof of ID will be required. Price is per person & drinks cannot be shared.Free flowing is served to 1.5 hr.

From: 12 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 10

Traditional afternoon tea with free flowing bubbles £39 per person

Bookings must be made 24 hrs in advance. Alcohol served to over 18s only. Proof of ID will be required. Price is per person & drinks cannot be shared.Free flowing is served to 1.5 hr.

From: 12 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 10

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7.4

Food & Drink: 7.4

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 6.6

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Jason P. bronze reviewer 31 May 2014

I went with a friend to Reform Social and Grill for a long overdue catchup over dinner. We were greeted by the friendly bar and restaurant team, and settled down in one of the comfortable booths. We both plumped for the Steak and Lobster burger offer (£16). The 10oz “Buccleuch estate” Hanger steak & chips came with half a bottle of Malbec; and the Lobster Burger & Chips with a half bottle of Chardonnay. The Malbec had great berry notes and the Chardonnay was light and citrusy. The main of steak and lobster burger were perfectly balanced and a delight to eat. Also, the chips were perfectly salted. Incredibly after this hearty meal we still had room for desserts (well there is a separate dessert section in the stomach is there not?!). So we plumped for a Sticky Toffee Pudding with vanilla icecream, and a bakewell pudding. The first I was told had a wonderful, gooey stickiness; and the bakewell tart had light buttery sweet shortcrust pastry with a lovely surprise of raspberries in the central filling rather than the traditional jam – which added an interesting twist to one of my favourite desserts. It also came with a fab vanilla custard.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Toby K. 17 September 2013

Reform Social & Grill has the most wonderful atmosphere, very classic british with an updated twist. The staff were friendly, and the food was quite tasty too. Two thumbs up!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

shaie s. 08 August 2013

Food was banal orchestrations of exotica – average and overpriced. The real turn-off however was the dreadful (live) music. If you visit, carry a mallet.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 4.0

Sophie P. 31 July 2013

Very nicely refurbished in club style, but atmosphere ruined by awful, inappropriate music which is too loud. Staff very pleasant, but surprised to be greeted by ‘Have you booked?’ when we were almost the only customers! The special offer steak, chips and wine offer for £12.50 is excellent value; well cooked and presented, but don't bother with the red wine which is barely drinkable. Better to upgrade? So worth going for a good value local lunch, but take your atmosphere with you. For heaven's sake Reform Grill, sort out the music or it will end in disaster. People are voting with their feet.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Grumbling Gourmet platinum reviewer 03 May 2013

Spring! As the first rays of life-giving sun hit your upturned cheeks and the nights recede into long placid evenings with the promise of chilled rose wine. A thousand BBQ's rumble out of garages, the long forgotten, rusty and oil stained armoured vanguard of summer. Spring! A time of salads and green and the lightest of touches. Spring! The perfect time to visit a gentleman's club inspired grill restaurant then… ah. No.. sadly not. I'd had the Reform Social highlighted to me by a number of people back in the depths of winter (i.e. various points in the last 12 months) and the reports had all said broadly the same thing. Pretty decent food, if heavy on the meat and puddings, and a dark, clubby, cocoon of a space with snug leather seating you could drown in. In summary, ideal for a long gentleman's luncheon before the weather breaks for the better… Well I'm no follower of fashion (just look at my wardrobe) and that's why I'd waited until the first fragrant days of warmth and light before pulling on my crushed velvet smoking jacket, adjusting my monocle and finding a saucy young slip of a gel to entertain. Slotted underneath the Mandeville Hotel just off Marylebone High Street, the hotelish (and not entirely in a good way) bar was our first entry point. The way robustly blocked by a florid and fully padded post work crowd enjoying a discount deal on fizz we squeezed uncomfortably through to the dining room at the other side of the lounge. Here I was pleased to see a full crowd of mixed ages. My gentleman's jacket wouldn't have looked entirely out of place, but neither were we marooned in fuddy-duddy land. The table of birthday partying hipsters and a gaggle of courting couples dining gave our section of the long dark room a gentle (and genteel) buzz. Things started very well with a crisp, clean and perfectly cooked duck ‘Scotch’ egg, wrapped in a pliant and piquant black pudding shell. It clashed with an unnecessary trough of apple sauce, but solo was note perfect. The mains sadly were less accomplished in their delivery. Both arrived on a generic root vegetable puree, hay cooked hake was a fine piece of fish, but smokier and saltier than a Glaswegian sailors mission. Stuffed lamb breast, a substitution for the stout sounding Angus rose veal chop I'd been salivating for, came as an underwelmingly small and fatty roulade filled with a fishy breadcrumb mix and topped bafflingly with tight and over-battered scampi, an odd mix that did none of the constituent parts justice. A side of pumpkin with chilli and sage gave none of the flavour of either and was verging on undercooked to boot. There's a good looking grill section here filled with some handsomely sourced cuts. I can only blame our ordering for missing them out. Thankfully there was a knowing hand on the desserts, reason almost to return in themselves. My Bakewell Pudding, a crispy puck of choux filled with tart fruit and covered in thick vanilla custard the colour and consistency of whipped butter. A darkly decadent chocolate and blood orange pot was equally moreish. Given what I saw of the cocktails, I'm tempted to return for a lush's afternoon tea combining the two. On a slight negative note, there was a noticeable level of fractiousness among the front of house team, commands and critiques hissed not sotto voce enough to be unheard as the harried team flew around us. It wasn't ideal. They were pretty good face to face, just less so when talking to each other. There's less knowing cool than at that other modern bastions of of 'private member's-chic' like Dean Street Townhouse and Hawksmoor (both of whom definitely hosted planning meetings for this place) but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It doesn't do it quite as well as the aforementioned, but does well enough at a reasonable price that you won't probably shouldn't mind.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 2.0

Luncheon Vulture platinum reviewer 26 April 2013

Four of us took advantage of one of the many offers currently available at this establishment, lured in by the prospect of a “quintessentially British experience”, taking [its] “inspiration from classic British gentlemen’s clubs” as the blurb on their website would have you believe. Oh dear… The bar was, at first glance, not too bad with a clubby welcoming vibe catering for both those lounge lizards who like to perch on stools at the counter and those of us who prefer a more comfy sofa. Service got a bit slow as the clientele increased, and prices were on a par with other similar hotel bars (i.e. ouch!) What really let it down was the quite unnecessary thumping soundtrack of 60/70/80's dance music which went totally against the feel and ambiance the decor creates. As such, we quickly hot footed it to the restaurant, in order to escape into what we anticipated would be a more rarified, genteel atmosphere…oh dear again… The blaring soundtrack unfortunately followed us and that, coupled with the darkness of the dining room, made for a pretty awful eating location. The food was ok-ish – we were on the steak or lobster burger offer; everyone gave the thumbs up to the accompanying chips, but mains themselves were so-so. A posh filet-o-fish my friend remarked and she had a point. I just found the darkness, noise and general crampedness of the dining room, somewhere that I needed to escape from fast. Despite the offer our bill came in at a whopping £160 and I'm still trying to work out how on earth we managed that, given that our main courses and wine was already paid for up front. Having had a great run of truly remarkable restaurant offers for some while now, I guess it was time that our luck ran out. A shame as on paper Reform sounded really good, but clearly their interpretation of a “gentleman's club” and mine differ wildly…

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

RM))& 22 April 2013

We booked the unlimited champagne afternoon tea for two a couple of weeks back. I had been to one more venue that offered a glass of champagne. This deal was moderately priced at £ 26.50 + service charge at that time. The champagne served was Moutard. I cannot express how happy they made us, I had to change my time once and the staff over the phone were warm and pleasant. They have not misled anyone regarding the “free flowing champagne” offer, the staff ensured that our glasses were filled without us having to ask for it! They were warm throughout our sitting, we also requested vegetarian sandwiches to which they complied. There was another deal I believe and we got slightly confused that offered a cocktail, when I asked the server, she explained politely that it was a different deal, however, she was really kind and presented me with the cocktail on offer, which was simply FABULOUS, I am mixologist and I can swear that it was a great cocktail! The pastries and scones served were all very nice, I just thought they could have had the scones slightly warmer but who can complain for one of the BEST value for money offers in town. I believe they extended the deal, but it is priced higher now, but it is still WELL WORTH IT! the staff are sympathetic and friendly, no body rushes you. We also went to the Intercontinental's offer (£ 32.50 pp. + 12.5% service charge) and we were really looking forward to it, I will post my review separately but all I can say is that we were “highly” disappointed, their staff is rubbish, no one bothers with you, they fill only half a glass of champagne, and you have to consistently remind them to fill. I will not recommend it nor go there again. But to the Mandeville, YES! Hope this helps :)

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Tom M. 28 June 2012

I visited Reform last month with my girlfriend, right after they opened. We had cocktails at the bar before our meal, I had The Great Green Ruby, my girlfriend had the Boyo, both were wery nice and refreshing. After our drinks we were shown to our table, a nice corner one. The atmosphere was very lively and the food was absolutely good. My favorite was the Reform Triffle. The waiters were very friendly, polite and the service was brilliant. We will definitely be back!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Gill C. 14 June 2012

I visited Reform Social and Grill last month and was pleasantly surprised by the revamp. We had drinks in the hotel bar to start with and the drinks menu did not disappoint. We moved into the restaurant afterwards and were shown to a cosy booth although I assume they would normally be reserved for groups of 4, rather than just 2. Reform gives the impression of a gastro pub but it is has all the attributes of a quality restaurant. Reform had only just finished its ‘soft opening’ and although it was not busy the staff were very attentive but not overbearing. The menu was ‘compact’ but varied with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. I tried the vegetable broth followed by the lamb cutlets and my friend had asparagus followed by plaice with brown shrimp. We both thoroughly enjoyed our food as the dishes were perfectly executed and presented. The wine selection, like the menu, is limited but good quality. Overall price was reasonable at just over £100 including a decent bottle of wine but this included drinks from the bar. I will be visiting again very soon and hope to see them attracting more clientele which would help to create a livelier atmosphere.

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Special offers

Gentleman’s afternoon tea with free flowing bubbles £39 per person

From: 12 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 10

Traditional afternoon tea with free flowing bubbles £39 per person

From: 12 October 2017

To: 31 December 2017

Max: 10