20 Berkeley

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Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of 20 Berkeley

Silver Award

Rubbing shoulders with its glamorous neighbours Sexy Fish and Amazonico, 20 Berkeley feels decidedly grown-up in comparison. Styled on an English manor house, it’s comfortable and luxurious while remaining refreshingly unfussy. We’re seated in the Drawing Room upstairs, a refined space of intimate corners, amber tones and wooden furnishings set against dusky greens and leafy plants. The result is a stunning vintage effect that feels both eclectic and thoughtful down to the smallest details.  

Even the menu is a piece of art, folded neatly into an origami-style package which, we’re told, is designed to reflect a traditional Victorian love letter. This attention to detail lives on in head chef Ben Orpwood’s dishes, from his meticulous presentation down to the provenance and quality of the ingredients. 

We start with a round of warm honey-glazed rolls served with salty Marmite butter, a supreme beginning to any meal. Burrata, made up the road in Ealing, is served with sweet, pickled vegetables to offset its immense creaminess, while a perfect crab and potato salad, formed into a neat little disc, is nuanced and delicious. For main course, flaky cod with a golden crust arrives swimming in various creamy textures, from a sweet pea puree to a light lemon thyme foam. Chocolate fans will delight in the milk chocolate and hazelnut tart, but we urge you to order the apple tarte tatin with Jersey milk ice cream. It’s a deeply wonderful thing of plump, caramelised apples, crisp puff pastry and caramel sauce.  

An army of staff swan around the room elegantly all evening, catering attentively to what becomes an extremely busy service. The sommelier also does a fantastic job at pairing wines with our respective mains, including a fruity French Sancerre that slips down all too easily. The prices are a lucid reminder that this is peak-level, high-end dining, but 20 Berkeley’s beautiful interiors, flawless hospitality and exceptional food make it, without a doubt, one of the best restaurants in Mayfair right now.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Romantic, Traditional
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions

About

20 Berkeley is a produce-led restaurant and bar in the heart of Mayfair, designed to celebrate the most exceptional produce from around the British Isles. The 120-seat restaurant and bar is spearheaded by executive chef Ben Orpwood with the support of Creative Restaurant Group, which also lays claim to the likes of HUMO in Mayfair, Michelin-starred Endo at The Rotunda and SUMI in Notting Hill.

The building at 20 Berkeley Street is reminiscent of an English manor house, and the interiors of the restaurant have been imagined along the same theme. Designed by internationally renowned architects, Pirajean Lees, each space takes the diner on a unique journey. The restaurant offers bespoke furniture, natural materials and neutral colours which deliver a warm and inviting atmosphere, akin to a home-away-from-home, while the upper ground floor consists of a Drawing Room overlooked by The Pantry where it proudly displays its exceptional produce. The Orangery offers a light and relaxed environment, benefiting from full-height windows overlooking Hay Hill. Finally, The Nipperkin bar offers a dedicated cocktail bar, ideal for enjoying a pre-dinner aperitif, or for unwinding after lunch or dinner.

Executive Chef Ben Orpwood (Maison Estelle, Gordon Ramsay Group, Azumi Group, Caprice Holdings) heads up the kitchen brigade and brings with him 20 years of experience in the industry. Here, he creates an á la carte menu that changes with the seasons and features a handful of specials championing particularly niche ingredients, such as Cornish Mylor prawns.

Paying homage to the location of the venue itself, which used to be a centre for trade and commerce in relation to British farming, the menu features herbs, crops and vegetables of unrivalled quality. Think seafood sourced from the day boats of Cornwall, Essex-grown saffron, and UK based pulled burrata produced in Ealing in West London.


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Is there a private dining room?

Yes, there is a private dining room downstairs for 14 people.

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Who is the head chef?

The head chef is Ben Orpwood.

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Location

20 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8EE

020 3327 3691 020 3327 3691

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 18:00-23:00
Tue 18:00-23:00
Wed 18:00-23:00
Thu 18:00-23:00
Fri 18:00-22:30
Sat 18:00-22:30
Sun Closed

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