The Goring Dining Room 22

The Goring, 15 Beeston Place , London, SW1W 0JW

6 reviews

67.5 British Belgravia

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A quintessentially British restaurant for a top-class family-owned British hotel, the Goring Dining Room is a real experience. Decked out in cream and gold, it manages to stay the right side of pompous thanks to whimsical cherry-tree chandeliers and keen-as-mustard service – a mood of “unrushed efficiency” prevails. Grilled Dover sole and beef Wellington are still there for the old guard, but elsewhere more on-trend dishes delight such as confit egg yolk with chicken wings and prosciutto (“a winner”), and delicate, cured sea trout tartare with myriad specialist tomatoes and seaweed vinaigrette. Roast chicken with truffled potato salad has also “pleased greatly” and we’ve been blown away by the perfectly timed cod with razor clams and shrimps. As you might expect from a Michelin-starred kitchen, it’s all very sophisticated and pretty, although “flavours and textures are a highlight”. The “incredible” cheese trolley gets rave reviews, and the wine list has everything you would expect of such a grand establishment.

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7.5

Food & Drink: 7.3

Service: 8.3

Atmosphere: 7.2

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 10 July 2016

I don't often favour the very traditional hotel dining room, but there is an almost " je ne sais quoi" about The Goring dining room, even though décor is not really one I would admire. Lunchtime the light floods into a spacious and comfortable place and it makes me feel relaxed, the atmosphere is one of unrushed, efficiency with everything seemingly under control. Given the proximity to Westminster it is probably not uncommon to spot well-heeled business people and MPs. In our case it was a former PM whose pockets (or a colleague's) are evidently deep enough to dine here and beyond. Some country property brochure waving was going on, the subject of which being bandied about the lunch table - I digress and so I will leave the tittle tattle and get on with the important stuff. Service is second to none, drinks are expensive, but they are very good and the sommelier advises appropriately. In two visits, the food has been sophisticated and pretty good-looking, but that's not what interests me the most. Flavours and textures are the highlight and rightfully so. Starting with a summer veg salad with smoked goats curd was delightfully true to season. Confit egg yolk with chicken wings and a prosciutto was another winner. Chicken main with a potato truffle salad pleased greatly. Turbot was not too far behind served with delicately smoked mussels and a summer garden pea concoction on the side. We ordered an extra side of the sweetest heritage carrots. Breads are excellent - one with fig and raisin and a hint of fennel really did hit a high note for me. Now thinking up another excuse to treat ourselves - ah yes, have to go back to try dessert.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 14 April 2014

Amidst a London restaurant scene that seems perennially focused on the ‘latest new thing,’ there is something wonderfully reassuring about the constancy of The Goring, a smart hotel tucked away on the nice side of Victoria close to Buckingham Palace. I last visited the place a decade ago, and it seemed that little had changed since my previous visit, certainly neither the décor nor the crockery. The ethos is resolutely British, and the Goring speaks of refinement, from the British flag fluttering outside the restaurant to the wonderfully light, open and spacious dining room that looked at its best in the early Spring sunshine. Visiting at breakfast, there was a curious mix of wealthy tourists with cameras and men in suits (my comrade and I being in the latter category). The tables are set well apart allowing for the appropriate amount of intimacy and discretion and there is no buffet here, meaning all the emphasis is placed on the serving staff. They undoubtedly excelled, in terms of being friendly, prompt and efficient. In terms of the food, we were both impressed with the freshness and variation of the fruit salad with which to begin. My comrade then followed with a full English while I opted for smoked salmon and scrambled egg. In both cases, the egg was almost orange in colour, wonderfully light and fluffy and, from my perspective, a perfect foil to the melt-in-your-mouth smoked salmon, pitched at probably just about the right level of saltiness. At £32/ head, this is not an obvious ‘value’ option (continental breakfast comes in at a somewhat more competitive £24), but this is not what the Goring is about. Come, relax and enjoy the experience.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

shaie s. 15 December 2012

We arrived early for a table to discover that at 7.45 the kitchen had run out of game! Given that this was the reason for the booking the evident lack of planning cast a grim and bleak shadow over the meal. The wine list is extensive but grossly over-priced, with few bottles under £50. The food (starter Lobster Omelette and a rather bland fish dish, followed by equally bland chicken but a good Beef Wellington from the trolley) was acceptable but uninspired. The £36 claret was dull. Everything else was dull but unexceptional. Clearly the restaurant has become a destination for strident groups of squawking girls modelling themselves on the future queen. This looks like an institution in decline.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Ron C. 28 September 2012

Booked a table here last night 27/9/2012 was very impressed by the reception i received at the desk,i was shown to my table and waited for my guest to arrive. I found the atmosphere rather stuffy but charming .the staff were flying around the room even though only 5 people were at their tables eating . When my guest arrived she was shown to the table and seated and the menu was given to us ,have to be truthful and say that i was not really that impressed with the menu ,i have eaten at some great restaurants in London and found this menu to be somewhat plain In the end i opted for a whitebait starter ,followed by grilled Dover sole and vegetables .and for dessert two scoops of vanilla ice cream,my partner had the lobster omelette for starter and the romney marsh lamb with vegetables and rice pudding with caramlised pears for dessert. My Dover sole was delicious and the lamb was succulent ,but somehow i just had the feeling it wasnt up to standards advertised in other reviews i had read . I think this place is playing on the hype that Kate Middleton spent her pre wedding evening here and the general public are being made to pay for this little luxury. I found this place Over rated, Over priced ,And after paying £161.72 for my meal i felt i should have at least had Kate and Pippa Middleton serving my meal too me .This is with out any wine as we do not drink alcohol . This is how my bill read 1 LARGE SPARKLING WATER 4.25 1 GINGER BEER 3.00 2 DINNER @ £49.50 99.00 1 BEST END 8.50 1 DOVER SOLE 16.00 1 PEAS 4.25 1 PARSNIP 4.25 1 ORANGE @ LEMONADE 4.50 12.5% service charge 17.97 total £161.72

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Liz G. silver reviewer 07 May 2009

Went for a lunch in February 2009. Nice British food, properly cooked – although if you're not a great fan of British cuisine, you may just as well go spend your money anywhere else. Haggis was good (as good as a haggis can be), but pork shoulder was a bit elastic and chewy. Linley decor in the restaurant is ok but not outstanding. Overall, a good choice if you want quintessentially British atmosphere and ambience together with some signature British dishes, but not particularly delicious or entertaining.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Noreen C. bronze reviewer 06 January 2009

We go the The Goring Restaurant twice a year. Once in the summer for Sunday lunch and once for dinner just before Christmas. Although we tend to veer towards casual restaurants because we only go on the two occasions it retains its ‘special occasion’ for us. Their Sunday roast is just the best, beef brought to the table on a trolley and carved for you, perfect roast potatoes, vegetable and gravy. Always a great choice of British Puddings if you have any room left. The hotel is all decorated at Christmas and the blue twinkling Swarkovski lights in the dining room are at their best at this tinme of year. Favourites of ours to eat are Scottish lobster omelette, and Eggs Drumkilbo. For mains there is always a wide choice of variouse filleted fish as well as chicken or if you are really hungry steak and kidney pie. Whatever you do and whatever you eat you absolutely must get as far as the cheeseboard, well actually its not really a board, it's a huge trolley of probably about 50 British cheeses. We have two cheese lovers in the family and it is always the higlight of dinner!

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