The Cinnamon Club 4444

The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street , London, SW1P 3BU

020 7222 2555

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SquareMeal Review of The Cinnamon Club

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016

“The refurb has breathed new life into this place”, notes a long-time champion of the patrician Cinnamon Club – an elegant and clever reuse of the Old Westminster Library that allows the classic wood panelling and book collection to become the backdrop for surprisingly comfortable and seriously classy Indian dining; a veritable journey of culinary discovery. As befits a restaurant of this grandeur and quality, Vivek Singh’s menu is well stocked with luxury ingredients – Bengali-style lobster thermidor sits alongside tandoori breast of Anjou squab, but those who choose sandalwood-infused free-range chicken tikka or chargrilled halibut with tomato rice will feast equally well. The capacious surroundings are tailormade for large parties, who will enjoy the home-style sharing dishes such as Old Delhi-style butter chicken (on the bone) with black lentils and garlic naan, or slow-braised shoulder of Herdwick lamb with nutmeg and black pepper sauce, pomegranate pilau and raita encourage delving deep into the impressive wine list. The kitchen is generous with its flavours but modest with its spices, and even offers a couple of European dishes for timid souls who come here for political get-togethers and private dinners. Highly recommended, and “perfect for business or pleasure”.


Special offers

Lunch: 2/3 courses £24/£26

From: 08 May 2017

To: 08 November 2017

Max: 20

Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

2 courses including a cocktail & pre-starter £29

From: 08 May 2017

To: 08 November 2017

Max: 20

Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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8.3

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 8.1

Atmosphere: 8.2

Value: 7.9

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

Maria M. 04 December 2016

I think this restaurant has been dining out on Square Meal's high rating for a long time. I booked a table for my wife's birthday. I booked several weeks ago. We waited 7 minutes at the host stand to be seen to. They had no record of the reservation. There was no apology, no attempt to find out why the booking wasn't there. They didn't even want to take our Square Meal reference number. My wife had to insist. The food: - not very tasty. The ingredients were not very fresh. The best example was my lamb which I had for the main course. It must have been prepared from frozen. The texture was like meatloaf. - The portions were very small which made the cafeteria-like presentation of all five of the dishes we ordered even more noticeable. - The decor and staff uniforms looked very shoddy and worn out. I certainly get a more high-end quality feel from the local Indian restaurant I go to in Ealing. This was very disappointing. We went to The Cinnamon Club when it opened and were very impressed. We will not be going there again.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Kiran 23 May 2016

Having used the venue to both business and personal dinners I found the staff to be extremely accommodating on both occasions making each one a delightful experience. The food was outstanding and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for that something special.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Gail S. 07 December 2015

Having booked The Cinnamon Club for others since its inception, I was delighted to have the opportunity to lunch there with a group of friends last week. All four of us selected food from the set menu, along with four side dishes. Without doubt, the food was delicious, however, the service was extremely disappointing. Once shown to our table, the maitre d' greeted me warmly with a friendly handshake, which contrasted the slightly disdainful welcome I received from the front-of-house staff. We had a lengthy wait before ordering our wine, which was stored away from our table and out of our reach, which resulted in us having empty glasses. Two of our side dishes never arrived, and when this was pointed out to our waiter as he came to collect our empty plates, he asked if we still wanted them. We declined and were extremely frustrated when the two missing side dishes were included on the bill. When I pointed out my disappointment to the maitre d' his apology was accompanied with the bizarre explanation that it was December - the inference being that this was a reason for sub-standard service. Despite the lovely setting and beautiful food, I will continue to simply book The Cinnamon Club for others rather than myself.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Shirley G. 06 March 2015

Great place to have lunch/dinner if you want to impress your guest.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Nicholas B. 08 February 2015

I dined at the Cinnamon club with a particularly discerning friend back in October 2014. We came with high hopes for our evening; and they were not disappointed. The Club itself is a jewel to behold: dark, softly lit, and oozing opulence. Polite, helpful staff shimmered noiselessly between the cosy pockets of tables before appearing at our service. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and their assistance was reliable and fast. The first-class sommelier proved helpful, charming and polite; as well as an able guide in our choice of wines. The food was nothing short of sublime - small, yet filling portions were the keynote for each course; crafted with satisfying and creative combinations of flavours. Each dish was presented with an impeccable and subtle style - simply pleasing rather than panache. Between the food, one’s eyes are drawn to shelves of antiquarian books which line the walls above. The subtle nuances of architecture have been lovingly preserved – one is spoilt for choice to notice oak carvings between the courses. All in all, a place in which I thought even the most discerning of customers would feel most at home. Book with confidence.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Vanessa C. 16 October 2014

I dined recently at Cinnamon Club, had booked for private dining with my partner ! It's a perfect luxurious setting- the atmosphere is really nice. The service was good too. I had like to add that their chef has really brought out the Indian flavour and yet kept the British style. Same with its other Cinnamon Sisters ! Going for their High Chai next time, heard that its great !

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Pascal L. 28 July 2014

I have been to Cinnamon Kitchen a few times so was really looking forward to the Club version. The food was just as incredible but I must admit I prefer the Kitchen because in my opinion the venue has more character. The Club is set in a superb library but I found it a tad too formal and quiet. Again, this is my opinion so I would recommend to try both and make up your own. One thing is certain, you won't be disappointed!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Rebecca L. gold reviewer 21 July 2014

The Cinnamon Club is one of my favourite restaurants in London and absolutely the best Indian food I've had in the UK. We had the tasting menu which was just so brilliantly executed. Every dish was standout and you felt like every dish had been designed, cooked and presented to be a winning dish. The highlight for me was a delicious tandoori pigeon which I wholeheartely recommend. The surroundings, an old library, are beautiful and the staff are perfect – a great balance between formal and friendly. Very highly recommended for special occasions.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Victoria T. 04 April 2014

The restaurant was all round excellent. We had the tasting menu which contained a lot of meat and fish. One of our party was a vegetarian with a wheat allergy and the restaurant substituted suitable and equally delicious dishes without a murmur. There was an outstanding pigeon dish and an equally delicious venison dish but everything was lovely and each course came with a glass of wine which went well with the food. It is a real showcase for how spices can be used to enhance food rather than smother it. The service was perfect. There was no rushing us and we were there from 7 to 11. The restaurant was busy and buzzy but not too noisy. It was pricey but definitely worth it.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

GH platinum reviewer 17 March 2014

Excellent Indian food with an innovative twist. Every item we ordered was superb. Great service and even a nice drinks menu. In my opinion it is better than Benares.

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  • The Cinnamon Club Private Dining Room
  • The Cinnamon Club Private Dining Room

The private dining room occupies the old Reading Room of the former library, and is located adjacent to the Main Dining Room and has similar grandeur, marked out by luxurious, heavy blue drapes and attractive duck-egg blue walls. Glass panelling separates the two rooms, which allows privacy whilst at the same time retaining the feel of the restaurant.  Ideal for either sit-down meals for up to 60 or standing canapé receptions for more.

Overlooking the main dining room, the Gallery offers guests a private area within the restaurant itself. Set above the main dining room, this eyrie benefits fully from the ambience and 'buzz' of the main restaurant below. The room is ideal for a range of informal events such as birthday, anniversaries, team celebrations, networking events and gastronomic receptions – from 12 to 32 (seated). One of our hiddengem favourites.

The Library Bar is the original Reading room in the old Westminster Library, and the room retains a relaxed atmosphere. The room is also available for private dining events at lunchtime and is ideal for smaller, more formal corporate lunches. Seating capacity 24 or 50 (reception-style).

Their award winning canapé, bowl food and range of set menus give you a range of options to choose from, so your guests can experience classic Cinnamon Club dishes like roast loin of Oisin red deer with black stone flower or Roast Gressingham duck breast with sesame tamarind chutney. Speciality cocktails and a beautifully selected wine list complete a very special private dining experience.

The Reading Room
Capacity: 60
The Gallery
Capacity: 32
The Library Bar
Capacity: 24
Special offers

Lunch: 2/3 courses £24/£26

From: 08 May 2017

To: 08 November 2017

Max: 20

Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

2 courses including a cocktail & pre-starter £29

From: 08 May 2017

To: 08 November 2017

Max: 20

Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.