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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Breakfast at The Wolseley is so famous they wrote a book about it, but the rest of the day can be pretty darn fabulous, too. This is, of course, absolutely the point of Corbin and King’s game-changing grand café, which is still providing people-watching of the first order from daybreak to midnight. Its popularity among assorted celebs has given rise to a hierarchy of tables and anterooms, but you can still enjoy the ornate glories of the “super buzzy” room whatever your vantage point. There’s an argument for dropping in at any time, a view reinforced by an all-day café menu featuring comfort dishes such as kedgeree, chopped liver or herrings with pumpernickel. A more time-targeted approach will yield that lively breakfast, a jammy clotted cream tea or a dinner of veal Holstein, calf’s liver and bacon or lobster and chips followed by spiced ginger coupe or an OTT banana split; you’re never far from a cake, either. “Always 10/10”, purs a fan – and we wholeheartedly agree.

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The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly ,London W1J 9EB

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Don't wear black!

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Aug 2016

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...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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160 Piccadilly ,London W1J 9EB

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Beware

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Dec 2015

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...

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Kieran K.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 1

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The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly ,London W1J 9EB

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Fabulous afternoon tea at a very reasonable price

by   gold reviewer (47)

Sep 2015

I've been here twice for afternoon tea now and each time it's been excellent. The atmosphere and surroundings are super buzzy and fun for people watching. The selection and quality of cakes and sandwiches is excellent and overall value for money is fantastic.Staff are always pleasant. Highly recommended!

Rebecca L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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160 Piccadilly ,London W1J 9EB

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Quote from my wife "Don't understnad why this place is so full"

by   platinum reviewer (97)

Apr 2015

I've tried before to book a lunch here, unsuccessful because maybe I was too "last minute" or too weekend focussed. Still I managed to snag a table for a late lunch today . They were ready for us and we were taken straight to our table in a large and nicely presented dining room. Indeed right through the meal the service was prompt and polite, though we rapidly came to recognise the truth in the reviews that indicared space was tight- the next table was inches, not feet away. ...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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Stylish venue, excellent service.

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Mar 2015

Visited with my wife intending to have a fancy afternoon tea at this genuinely old-fashioned venue but changed our minds at the last minute to opt for dinner. Staff took it all in their stride without a fuss and sat us down right on time. Food was very good and tasted sublime with the pan roasted lamb, a generous and very tender slab of meat, and a more than generous portion of moules both worth noting. Our waiter was cheerful and professional and although we didn’t feel rushed in any way,...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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by   silver reviewer (21)

Apr 2014

The Wolseley is one of those restaurants to which I return 3 or 4 times a year and, when I do, I always wonder why I left it so long. A chilled glass of Champagne in the cosy bar is a great way to start and then enjoy the cracking atmosphere, whether it's lunch time or evening. The staff are always very helpful and friendly, something that cannot always be said of Mayfair restaurants. A prime example is when we had booked a table for 3 which became a 4 and without bating an eyelid, the maitre d'...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Disappointed

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Dec 2013

Really disappointed with this restaurant. Reception desk noisy, disorganised and messy. 15 minutes before waiter came to our table to acknowledge we were there. Dinner menu appeared exciting but our order was very up appealing when it arrived – escargot was served with a watery garlic sauce which was tasteless and the seared scallop were dry and bland. Apple and fig pudding was best part of meal but the cheesecake was nice to look at but tasteless. Food was served by three different unsmiling waiters....

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 1

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Maarten Geschwindt

Prior to joining Corbin & King as Head Chef at Colbert in Spring 2015, Maarten was chef patron at The Landmark Hotel's Winter Garden, an all day restaurant serving Modern European food, for four years. He spent a year at Odette's in Primrose Hill as senior sous chef/acting head chef working with Bryn Williams, before which time he cooked at the two Michelin-star Restaurante Martin Berasategui in Spain. A History graduate and Spanish + Dutch speaker, Maarten has also worked in Switzerland and Australia. Maarten was appointed head chef of The Wolseley in April 2016.

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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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