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020 7499 6996
“The daddy of them all” declares a fan of The Wolseley – and he’s not alone in cheering this “rather posh” grand café to the skies. Whether you’re here for the all-conquering breakfast, afternoon tea or a late-night pick-me-up, the barnstorming Wolseley always delivers – “it doesn’t matter what you look like, you’ll get treated like a VIP”. The sheer razzmatazz of the fabulously converted car showroom is part of its attraction, as regulars seek out their favourite tables, others mingle in anterooms and a regular trickle of walk-in celebs, creatives and shoppers adds to the spice of it all. To begin, you might find yourself dusting off the cobwebs over a bowl of Birchermuesli, a crispy bacon roll or a full fry-up; later on, thoughts could turn to steak tartare, salade niçoise, burgers, schnitzels or coq au vin – and there’s never a bad time for the Wolseley’s luscious array of creamy patisserie, cakes and ice-cream coupes. Service is always “top-notch” too. In short, The Wolseley is the complete West End package, and we concur with the reader who remarks that “I always come away with my high expectations satisfied and met”.
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SquareMeal 3 Stars
020 7499 6996
Green Park Tube Station 196m
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 573m
Fortnum & Mason 207m
Mon-Sun 7am-11pm (Sat-Sun 8am- )
The private dining room at The Wolseley seats up to 14 guests and is available to book for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. It has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful in London’, commanding a view across the entire Wolseley dining room; yet it is unobtrusively hidden away and entirely private, with its own dedicated staircase. With large, arched windows on all four sides, it also overlooks Piccadilly and The Ritz hotel.
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Food + drink: 4
It was a great meal but disappointed not to be told in advance of the booking that the lunch and dinner menu were not available at the time of my booking and only bar snacks available.
The Wolseley's reputation for being somewhere 'special' still holds.
We were two ladies, one visiting from overseas, out for a nice lunch and catch-up after a long time!
The ambiance is still good, but I'd forgotten how 'noisy' it is when busy - and struggled to hear my friend's conversation amid the excitable buzz and the closeness of the tables.
The starter of cod goujons with tartare sauce was beautifully cooked and a good size portion! My friend's 'fish of the day' choice was lovely, my calves-liver and onions was rich and tasty. (The waitress forgot to remind us to order 'sides' but we remembered fries & mash just before she left with the order). Too full for dessert, we both just had a cappuccino coffee.
We needed assistance to extract ourselves from behind the heavy table tucking us into the corner - a male waiter eventually helped after finishing taking payment from the nearby table.
When we stood up, we both found our clothes covered in white fluffy-lint from the napkins!
Maybe a choice of black napkins could be a good idea to offer in the future? That really would show attention to detail!
Food + drink: 3
Warning: diners are allotted 1½ hours for a meal and whether you are finished or not you'll be thrown out. That happened to us at lunch and we had to leave even though we still had a third of a bottle of wine left (a £42 bottle of Morgon!) and had yet to order our desserts. This, despite them taking 20 minutes to seat us even though we had reservations. They seem more interested in getting people out to make way for high-volume, fast throughput teas aimed at tourists (presumably they offer higher margins). It isn't what it used to be. Shame. Another restaurant to cross off the list.
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