Blue Boar

Bronze Award
London, SW1H 9LQ ·Website ·Call020 3301 1400

SquareMeal Review of Blue Boar

Bronze Award

Smart, discreet and with all the visual trappings of a gentleman’s club, it’s easy to see why the Blue Boar remains popular among civil servants, but that’s not to say it’s old-fashioned or stuffy – far from it. The attentive and knowledgeable staff go out of their way to make guests feel welcome and this genuine warmth, coupled with the carefully-crafted and decidedly colourful menu made our experience one of sheer joy. Seasonal produce is key, so no matter which of three options you choose for each course, you can be sure it will be fresh and full of flavour. On our visit, we found the summer garden salad was as balanced in flavour as it was in presentation and perfectly complemented by the light, refreshing Perrier-Jouet Blanc de Blancs. The hake with asparagus, grelot onions and lemon tarragon butter was rich without being heavy, while the dark chocolate and mint flower pot was unashamedly decadent. Finish up with a glass of demi-sec and petits fours before leaving the tranquil surrounds for the hushed streets of St. James’s.



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££££ - £50 - £79


Conrad London St. James Hotel, 22-28 Broadway, London, SW1H 9LQ

020 3301 1400


Opening Times

Mon-Fri 6.30-10.30am 12N-2pm 6-10.30pm Sat-Sun 7-11am (Sat 6-10.30pm Sun 12.30-3pm)


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3 Reviews 


26 July 2019  
Food great, staff friendly.

Alexandra L

18 April 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Fine dining venue with atmosphere as well as being quiet enough for business meetings...
I am a PA and often struggle to find fine dining venues with atmosphere as well as being quiet enough for business meetings. My boss is still raving about Blue Boar as the food and service were both excellent. Staff knowing to frequently check they were happy, but not annoyingly constantly interrupting. Service was speedy but not at the cost of delivering great food. Highly recommend anyone looking for elegant surroundings with a great menu and wine list to book into Blue Boar. A short walk to St James Park tube station is also a plus for anyone needing to get on to their next meeting quickly.

Toby N

30 September 2014  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 4
Not blue, but a bit boring
I took one of my friends to the Blue Boar for a slightly late birthday lunch. She’s gluten intolerant so it was a great option as there are loads of choices, both main and dessert, she could eat without any concern. At 1pm on a Thursday afternoon the restaurant was almost empty – great for a nice quiet catch up chat, but it had zero atmosphere; no music, no view, no people watching etc., so a bit boring (boaring – sorry!). The room itself is perfectly decent and ideal for the Westminster setting. I suppose you could call it an updated take on a gentleman’s club – though given how language changes unfortunately today that does rather suggest a lapdancing venue staffed entirely by blondes called Kandi and Beckii – fortunately it wasn’t anything like that. Do expect lots of subdued lights, dark wood, chocolate brown leather seating etc., but the staff are male and middle aged – and service is effective and efficient and wholly without any pole based gyrations, so not blue. Food tends towards simple, old school, comfort eating. So expect things like steak and chips, sticky toffee pudding etc. In keeping with that I went for both those choices – a medium fillet steak (decent if a touch bland and not anywhere like as good as you’d get at Cut etc.) with triple cooked chips (amazing – almost as good as you get in Pollen Street Social, but annoying that you have to order them as a separate side dish at additional cost) and watercress and shallot salad – followed by a good (dense, lots of warm sauce) sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream. Food is fine, not exceptional but perfectly decent. Value was alright, two lots of 2 courses, a couple of side dishes, 3 glasses of wine, service etc. came to just under £120. I expect I will go again, but it’s a bit of an awkward market position, as the nearby Roux and the Cinnamon Club both tend to do better value set lunches and the food is generally better in either of them.

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