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0207 3883 3344
John Nash (1752-1835) knocked up a few glam structures hereabouts, and this is one of them. Handsome is the word. Gordon Ramsay (1966- ) turned the old townhouse into a boutique hotel and it remains a useful address in NW1. The venue has much going for it: the one-time stables out back is the place to head for a well-crafted wood-fired pizza; there’s a zinc-topped bar for a smart cocktail or upmarket bar snack (spiced chicken wings with blue cheese dressing), and a restaurant decked out in underwhelming contemporary neutrality. Duck hearts on toast or pickled mackerel with beetroot purée are first courses showing fashionable rusticity, to be followed by the likes of loin of English lamb with a North African spin, or roasted fillets of plaice with sea purslane and fennel cream. We also like the wine list: of global reach and with plenty of choice by the glass or carafe.
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From: 15 June 2018
To: 28 February 2019
Enjoy a selection of Afternoon Tea classics every day for £24 per person or enjoy with a glass of prosecco for £30.
From: 19 November 2018
To: 26 December 2018
Enjoy our festive set menu, 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses for £29.
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0207 3883 3344
Camden Town Tube Station 425m
Mornington Crescent Tube Station 524m
Odeon Cinema Camden 252m
Camden Plaza Cinema 391m
Mon-Sun 6.30am-12am (Fri-Sat -1am, Sun -11pm)
York & Albany offers several private dining spaces for guests. The first-floor Regency Room seats up to 24 guests on a long banquet-style table, with a balcony that overlooks Regent’s Park. On The Pass can seat 26 on a long table, which has a direct view into the kitchen, The Gloucester Gate room has space for up to 40 guests, and The Wine Bar and Terrace can accommodate 40 seated or 55 standing guests.
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Food + drink: 4
My daughter likes to invite me to lunch and to her annoyance I insist on paying, so, she presented me with a Virgin Gift Exeriance voucher for lunch at the York and Albany for fathers day .......fantastic !
So I booked a show for my partner and I and booked a table.
On arrival I explained to the waiter I had a voucher.....he snatched it and said he needed to see how it worked.
He returned and told us to order what we wanted and £60 would be deducted from the bill.....fine. He then looked me up and down and said you'll need to pay a service charge. So far he had treated me like I was a guest on the jerry kyle show, I normally enjoy interaction with waiters and bar staff, I may earn 6 times their salery but I'm no snob, I enjoy people and money and status holds no relevance in my life.
We ordered our starters, crayfish salad. Very generous portion for the £16 but a little over salted.
Our wine glasses were now empty and as we were out for a show and making a day of it I asked for 2 glasses of champagne to go with the main course.....the waiter rolled his eyes......did not utter a word ......snatched the wine menu and returned with 2 unevenly poured glasses of fizz....I'd had better carva from Marks and Sparks but I get better service from macdonalds so the lunch was going great!!!!
The main arrived.....nice cod fillet.....like I say nice.....nothing to shout about. Cod served on a few lentils and bit of finely chopped veg...average.
I asked to see the desert menu which was basic, we ordered and the waiter just replied saying in a mocking tone "what no more champagne? ".....the answer was no, off to the west end....did not want to fall asleep in a warm theatre and 2 glasses with a meal was fine.
So the bill arrived.....he talked me through it like I would be unable to understand a bill. HE THEN CIRCLED £160 and told me " you need to pay this" and walked away.
I'd had enough of him by this time so I smiled at my partner and explained I was going to sort the bill out. I walked to the waiter and asked for the manager as the person who had written up my bill was incompetent. He quickly explained the manager was not in the building and would sort it out.
He then handed me the correct bill for £43 , I handed him 50 in cash and we left. No I should not have tipped at all but I do tip.....and I would have given more if the service had not been so awful.
I would give this place a miss, very unwelcoming and average food.
Gordon Ramsey I'm suprised you don't insist on better service from your employees
Food + drink: 3
You know you've booked a Ramsay restaurant, cause they always call at least twice to check you're coming!! I think their fear is that Gordon could walk in and finds empty tables.
Look, this is a brasserie, and is fine. Main courses at £20+ would suggest above brasserie prices, therefore they open themselves up for more critical food reviews.
We had roast beef (Sunday lunch time, as recommended by our waiter), good, although a wee bit tough.
Service was ok, although there seams to be no uniform as such, some in all black, some with white shirt and a manager in blue jeans and a casual shirt, strange.
We would go back, as it's near the hotel we stay at, but wouldn't cross the city to get to it.
Food + drink: 0
A pity, Mr Ramsay's outpost is in a good location and best thing to say about it is that the atmosphere on the ground floor is quite pleasant. However, it is deeply flawed in other departments, especially in the kitchen department. Also avoid the downstairs, as there is smell of humidity from the old cellar vaults… A strangely flawed restaurant in a place where a good one would make so much sense between Regent's Park and Camden Town.
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