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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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York & Albany

127-129 Parkway ,London NW1 7PS

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Service Worst In London

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Sep 2015

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...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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127-129 Parkway ,London NW1 7PS

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Not quite up to expectations

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Oct 2013

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...

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

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127-129 Parkway ,London NW1 7PS

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Flawed

by   platinum reviewer (125)

Apr 2013

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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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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by   gold reviewer (31)

Oct 2012

No matter how good the food, there’s no point to a restaurant that doesn’t turn a profit. So we will tolerate 300% markups on the wine, even though all the waiter does to a bottle of Cab Sauv is unscrew the cap and put out some glasses. We pay £18 for a steak that anyone with a griddle pan could serve themselves for £7. That’s the deal when you eat out. But what is much harder to tolerate – almost as bad as being served up pigswill – is to be treated cynically. Unfortunately that’s the experience...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 3

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127-129 Parkway ,London NW1 7PS

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Oct 2011

My husband who is a long serving fire-fighter at one of London's busiest fire stations was recently awarded a Ramsay Voucher via his work. We had been very excited, yet undecided which restaurant to use the voucher at. We decided on York & Albany as a colleague of his had recommended it. My husband booked a table for us for 3pm Saturday 29 October 2011. We followed the directions provided on their website and allowed good time for delays and for the fact that I am heavily pregnant and can ‘waddle...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Mar 2011

I went with 3 friends for sunday lunch, it was dreadfull. For my main i had lamb with tongue and olives, in nouvelle cuisine sizes, and it was tasty, but nothing amazing for 22 quid – this was the high point. I then had the artisanal cheese plate which looked so unnappetising i actually took a photo of it. A runny blob of the most unappealing looking chutney slapped in the middle of the plate with 3 crackers stuffed on one corner. My “chedder” was the size of a large postage stamp and a 1/4 inch...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 3

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Sep 2010

I watched Ramsay's the F work last night…and had to comment on my experience at York and Albany on Friday, September 10th. I was expecting smooth service, quality staff informed and capable, and solid food in terms of standard and refinement as his establishment. Was that what I was treated to at the York and Albany? was it F***… So when we ( a party of three) turned up and see the man himself meeting and greeting diners as they round off their evenings, I thought we'd be In for a good time. Surley...

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

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Aug 2010

We ate at the York and Albany last night. It seems to me that it's a restaurant that has almost (but not quite) got it right. The first two people we encountered to were unable to find our booking despite them having called me the previous Friday to check we were coming. Eventually the bright and smiley restaurant manager found us and told us, wryly, that “you just can't get the staff”. We rejected the first table (right under the air conditioning unit) and were seated at a nice round one although...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 4

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Nov 2009

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A pleasant ambiance and a good, if slightly predictable Ramsay menu is destroyed by some of the most dreadful service I have ever experienced in London. On the night we attended the waiting staff had completely lost control of the room and responded to valid complaints with childish smirks. Very poor.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 4

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Signature recipe: Springs' Smoked Salmon, Potato Salad, Pickled Beetroot and Dill

Serves 4-6

Ingredients
For the pickled beetroot:

4-5 medium beetroot
300ml white wine vinegar
150g sugar
150ml water

For the potato salad:

500g baby new potatoes
4 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chardonnay or other white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons treacle
100ml sunflower, vegetable or rapeseed oil
1 lemon
1/2 bunch fresh chives

For the dill oil:

30g fresh dill sprigs
100ml vegetable oil

To serve:

8-12 slices smoked salmon
4-6 teaspoons avruga caviar
dill sprigs
 
Method
1. For the pickled beetroot, scrub the beetroots in cold water then finely slice them 1.5mm thick, using a mandolin if you have one. Use a round pastry cutter to trim the beetroot slices, removing the skin, then put them in a heatproof container. In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar and water and bring to the boil. Pour the liquid over the beetroot, making sure it is submerged, then cover and chill for 24 hours before using.
2. For the potato salad, cut any large potatoes in half so they are all roughly the same size then simmer the potatoes in a large pan of salted water for about 20 minutes or until just tender. Use a hand blender to whizz the mustards, vinegar and treacle together in a jug. Slowly add the oil, blending continuously on low speed, until the dressing emulsifies. Be careful not to add the oil too quickly or the dressing will split. Season to taste with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. When the potatoes are done, drain them and leave to steam dry for five minutes.
3. Finely grate the zest from the lemon and finely chop the chives. Put the still-warm potatoes in a bowl, add the dressing, chives and lemon zest. Taste and adjust the seasoning then leave the salad to reach room temperature.
4. For the dill oil, blend the dill and oil together using a hand blender or small food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine-meshed sieve or muslin cloth and chill immediately until ready to serve.
5. To serve, divide the potato salad among serving plates and top with the smoked salmon. Choose the best looking slices of beetroot and arrange them on the salmon, around three per portion. Drizzle with the dill oil and garnish with avruga caviar and fresh dill sprigs.

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Private Dining at York & Albany

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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Regency Room 24
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Gloucester Gate 40
Wine Bar and Terrace 40

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