SquareMeal Review of
The Foyer & Reading Room at Claridge's
Once Claridge’s library, this all-day dining room has replaced bookish silence with an appropriately civilised buzz, while marble-cut fireplaces, velvet columns and a gorgeous Dale Chihuly glass sculpture up the art-deco ante. The kitchen invests in produce rather than dazzling technique, but pricey satisfaction is guaranteed, whether you order smoked haddock risotto, roast pork belly with braised red cabbage and apple or cod with spelt, brown shrimps and cauliflower. The venue is also a diamond for breakfast, “midnight snacks” and sell-out afternoon teas complete with a tinkling piano – so book well ahead for leisurely repasts with leafy brews from the Rare Tea Company and a host of delights arrayed on spindly silver stands. Service is discreet yet totally attentive, and the whole shebang comes with a liberal helping of A-list celebs.