SquareMeal Review of
The Wigmore at The Langham
Originally a Victorian banking hall, this majestic belle époque room attached to The Langham hotel is now gloriously attired with glossy asparagus-green paintwork, flamboyant chandeliers and comfy banquettes. As a vision of a modern British tavern, The Wigmore is a happy marriage of old-school style, switched-on service and heritage pub grub with a contemporary twist (courtesy of Michel Roux Jr’s deputies). Drinks are overseen by the team at the hotel’s award-winning Artesian bar, so expect punch cups, shandies and ‘hoptails' echoing the beery British cocktails popular during Georgian times: Season of the Witch, for example, combines bathtub sloe gin, spiced mead, mango, grapefruit and raspberries with The Wigmore’s own Saison beer. Elsewhere, modern London classics such as Treacle and Brigadoon (Balvenie whisky, apricot brandy and orgeat) appear alongside vintage hits including Toreador and Hanky Panky – that most sexy of Martinis. Superior bar snacks run from buttered crumpets with brown crabmeat and Indian-style spiced Scotch eggs with dhal relish to mussels in cider with smoked ham, cauliflower kedgeree or gammon, egg and crisps with sriracha mayo, while sweet familiars such as raspberry trifle and peach cobbler are suitably (Wig)moreish.