SquareMeal Review of
The Strand Dining Rooms
Mark Sargeant is the culinary brains behind this smart Brit brasserie near Charing Cross Station, and readers describe it as "well above average" compared to the area's cheap tourist spots. Referencing a "bygone colonial era", the setting also draws inspiration from old Pullman railway carriages – all brass fittings, dark wood and brown leather – while "friendly staff" keep service on track. A varied menu can run from "New Year detox to steak and red wine", with well-executed dishes such as lamb rump with fragrant rosemary broth or scallops with black pudding alongside burgers and roast chicken (not forgetting the odd channel-hopping salade niçoise). Decent breakfasts and afternoon tea
are also on offer. Perch at the handsome bar with an Apricot Bellini or head outside to the terrace – perfect for observing the bustle of Trafalgar Square beneath Nelson's Column.