The Polo Bar at The Westbury Hotel 1

The Westbury Hotel, 37 Conduit Street , London, W1S 2YF

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SquareMeal Review of The Polo Bar at The Westbury Hotel

The Westbury's nut-brown, art deco-style Polo Bar is always worth a look – that's ‘polo' as in sporting chukkas, not Ralph Lauren shirts. However , if Polo suggests mint, you might try a Maker's Mark bourbon julep or an alcohol-free mela verda from a selection of reasonably priced cocktails and mocktails. Otherwise, the list is strong on martinis – sip orange blossom, lemon tart or one of the pimped-up signatures such as Spitfire (a Chivas 18-year-old and Drambuie toddy to warm dreary December nights). Wines such as a Mendoza Malbec work well with posh nosh along the lines of lobster bisque, oysters, caviar, scallops, foie gras and desserts including chocolate fondant. The feel is uniformly high-end, but the decor splits opinion: understated luxury or a wee bit bland, despite those bling Swarovski crystal blinds.

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9.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Toby N. platinum reviewer 22 April 2013

Having been for lunch and decided that an afternoon off was in order we went to the Polo Bar. At 4.30pm to 7.30pm on a Friday it was a very enjoyable experience. It’s warm and cosy, though the air conditioning did seem to be having a bit of an off day so there were the odd few random hot/cold blasts. The music is fine, suitably chilled and funky and everything is spotless – the only odd point is that the chairs are too low for the tables leaving you feeling like you're reaching up to get your drinks. We didn’t eat, other than some rather nice, though rather salty, nibbles so I can’t comment on food. Drinks were good if pricy, but perhaps that shouldn’t come as a shock given the area. Service is really good; they remained patient with us even as we got rather drunk and a little silly. The bill was a sobering £195 for 2 of us; though I suppose 6 glasses of champagne, 2 large glasses of Malbec and 3 vodkas will do that. I’d definitely go back – once my hangover has faded and my wallet recovered.

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