The Portman Marylebone

51 Upper Berkeley Street , London, W1H 7QW

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020 3641 0668

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SquareMeal Review of The Portman Marylebone

Part of a small group that also includes Mayfair’s Only Running Footman, this elegant gastropub’s name reflects its location in the heart of the Portman Estate. Once used for law enforcement – the cells in the basement now hold cases of wine – The Portman is a foursquare, solid pub with an island bar downstairs & smarter dining room above (used mainly for functions). On sunny days, Sagres, Murphy’s & Amstel are drunk at the outside tables, while the menu loosely follows the seasons: expect curiosities such as spelt tagliatelle with confit rabbit, braised leeks & chanterelles, as well as standard breakfasts, Aberdeen Angus burgers & some lively fish dishes (perhaps sea bass with saffron potatoes, spinach & sauce vierge). The crowd is affluent, & it’s open 365 days a year.

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The Portman Marylebone Location

51 Upper Berkeley Street , London W1H 7QW

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020 3641 0668

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Opening times

Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm Sat-Sun 9am-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

Private Dining

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Upstairs at The Portman can seat 45 guests (50 standing) and works well for corporate and social events including business lunches, product launches, canapé receptions, private dinners and weddings. Free Wi-Fi is available in the private room. The whole pub is also available to hire for private events.

Room for 45 people Capacity: 45

The Portman Marylebone's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 7.1

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Service: 7.3

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Atmosphere: 6.8

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Value: 7.0

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

09 October 2017

Food was really good and on a surprisingly sunny day in October we were able to eat outside at lunchtime. The setting and the pub interior are great, but the pub is small and so it would be prudent to book in advance. The wine list is extensive, but surprisingly expensive, there are only a few 'value' light wines suitable for lunchtime. The staff were friendly and attentive. All in all a very good dining experience.

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 2

Platinum Reviewer
15 December 2015

What London really doesn’t need is yet another generic high-end pub posing as a restaurant. The Portman, in its former incarnation as the Mason’s Arms, used to be a traditional London boozer with lovely wood panelling and a decent atmosphere. ‘Reinvented’, the walls are now whitewashed, multiple TVs show rolling BBC news from almost every seating location and the lights are turned up to an excessively high level of brightness. Atmosphere? Forget it. This is not a recipe for success. The suits and their corporate credit cards now dominate. I had dropped in for the odd beer since I live in the area, but recently came here to eat for the first time, a friend having suggested the location. Breakfast may not show a kitchen at its best, or certainly it is not the meal where chefs would typically most excel, but our experience here was frankly depressing. At 8.30am, beyond our table, just one other was occupied. Our server seemed broadly unenthused about being there (and who wouldn’t be?) and the main activity seemed to be suppliers arriving with food for use later in the day. The coffee was lukewarm and a curiously disquieting muddy brown. My smoked salmon and scrambled eggs was unpleasantly salty and I really did not expect it to be served with just one piece of unbuttered flabby white bread – especially not when I was paying over £10 for said choice. My comrade’s Eggs Benedict looked similarly uninspiring, plonked on the plate with zero love or attention to detail. Based on our breakfast experience and with so much other, better, choice nearby, I have no desire to return to see the Portman’s attempts at either lunch or dinner.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

28 February 2014

This pub has a lot going on at the bar and a beautiful dining room which is something you would not expect to find in a pub. The food was out of this world and we had to compliment the chef when leaving. The service was very prompt and the staff friendly. A good stopping place for a quick one or a lunch/dinner. £££

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