Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel

Bars, British, Fish, Hotel Bars, Modern European, Steak, Vegan, Vegetarian·
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel

Bronze Award

With its dramatic light fittings, doggie silhouettes on the backs of the chairs and deep sari-pink hues, Kit Kemp’s quirky design for Brumus is inimitably British, witty and plush – a “safe but never dreary choice for locals and out-of-towners”. The carte majors on refined comfort food with a recognisable Anglo-European accent, from pickled sardines with horseradish cream or slow-baked onion and goats’ cheese tart with candied walnuts to pumpkin and chestnut risotto, chicken pot au feu or calf’s liver with swede purée, bacon and capers. Meanwhile, the grill delivers Dover sole, pork T-bones and herb-crusted rack of lamb. Punters from the Theatre Royal next door often drop by, and there are pleasurable attractions in the adjacent Brumus Bar too. Other smart London details include teas from Miller Harris and three types of ice-cream sundae.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Bars, British, Fish, Hotel Bars, Modern European, Steak, Vegan, Vegetarian
Ambience
Fun, Luxury, Quirky, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

FAQs

Can you book at Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel?

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Does Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel offer gluten-free options?

Yes

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What is the dress code at Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel?

We do not have a dress code

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What is the menu like at Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel?

We serve a seasonally changing menu with fish, meat, vegetarian and vegan options. We also serve a bar food menu throughout the day

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Location

Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 4HX

0207 4704 4000

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 07:30-10:00
Tue 07:30-10:00
Wed 07:30-10:00
Thu 07:30-10:00
Fri 07:30-10:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:00
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun 12:00-14:00
Dinner
Mon 17:00-21:00
Tue 17:00-21:00
Wed 17:00-21:00
Thu 17:00-21:00
Fri 17:00-21:00
Sat 17:00-21:00
Sun 17:00-21:00
Bar
Mon 07:30-23:00
Tue 07:30-23:00
Wed 07:30-23:00
Thu 07:30-23:00
Fri 07:30-23:00
Sat 07:30-23:00
Sun 07:30-23:00

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11 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Philip B

14 April 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
Brumus breakfast

Great place for professional breakfast as reasonable price with efficient food service

Alex G

19 May 2017  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 2
Great venue; pity about the food
The Haymarket Hotel (part of the Firmdale Group) has a lovely vibe to it. Post a relatively recent refurbishment, it feels distinctly cool. There is a boldness to the place in terms of its bright colours, quirky décor and statement modern art adorning the walls. As an aside, it also has one of the coolest swimming pools in London, located in the basement. Sadly, it is only available for hotel guests or private hire. So far, so good. Logically enough, therefore, you would expect the hotel’s restaurant also to be pretty decent. Three of us visited on a recent weekday evening and came away generally underwhelmed. In summary, it was lot of money (c£70/head – with just one bottle of wine consumed) spent on a mostly forgettable culinary experience. It wasn’t that the food was actively bad; rather that it epitomised bland mediocrity. I am not quite sure where it went wrong, since the menu’s descriptions all sounded enticing enough. Somewhere, however, something got lost between the creativity of the compiler of the food options at Brumus and their execution in the kitchen. Take my starter. On paper, a combination of octopus, fennel, celery, pink fir potato, lemon and smoked paprika sounds mouth-wateringly enticing. When it came, the octopus was among the most tasteless sampled in recent memory; there was no evidence of any spice at all (and certainly not smoked paprika); and, the dish seemed largely bulked out with fennel. One of my comrades also noted that his crab cakes lacked the chilli promised and that consuming it seemed something of a chore. We hoped the mains might improve. Sadly, they didn’t really. Again, my choice of braised pork cheeks with roasted onion purée, heritage carrots and star anise suggested much promise. On arrival though, I couldn’t help feeling let-down: no star anise, three tiny heritage carrots and a purée that was half-cold and could have been made of anything. Quote of the evening goes to my comrade who, when asked his opinion of his steak, responded that it reminded him of “something eaten in a Berni Inn.” For those unfamiliar, Berni Inn was a British chain of steakhouses that died its death in the mid-1990s and was lamented by few. Overall, it was such a pity. Get a good chef in – someone who can cook with passion – and the place might well be packed with diners keen to return.

Lorna S

09 May 2017  
Always made to feel very welcome, great food and very relaxed atmosphere. Ideal for all types of celebrations.

Jacqui L

04 May 2017  
Quirky restaurant without being too over-the-top. Amazing food and good offers.

Linda P

19 March 2016  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Unexpected pleasure!
We were most impressed with the staff who welcomed us on arrival. They seemed genuinely interested in us and in our plans for the evening. (we were going to the theatre) The service was excellent and the surroundings extremely pleasant. Limited choices on the fixed price menu, so we all chose the beef main course which we enjoyed. Hopefully the menu changes from time to time! We would definitely go to Brumus again, because the overall experience was so good!

Sharon G

14 August 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Brumus - Aug 2015
Excellent service, friendly and knowledgeable staff who talked us through the menu and even took the trouble to arrange for a colleague's main course to be wrapped as a take-away when a family emergency took them away from the meal early. The food was also delicious - I highly recommend it! Sharon

Simon B

13 June 2015  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 1
BEWARE: they can't serve a pre-theatre dinner before curtain up
Six of us turned up for our 6.00pm booking. It started well enough. Drinks arrived - including some good cocktails. But the first course took ages to materialise - and we started worrying about our mains. We chased and chased our waitress (when we could find her) reminding her we needed to be out by 7.20. At 7.20 we gave up - and tried to find someone to tell we were leaving. The meet and greet person suggested we come back after the show and have our mains then - which is what we did. We sat down again at 9.45pm and this time we eventually got our main meal. But there was no apology, let alone a drink on the house. The whole lot cost over £400 - to which they had the nerve to add £50 of service ("We thought you were happy," "Its for the staff."). We had the service removed, paid and left. Having now read a number of online reviews for this place this is certainly not the first time this has happened. But in our case I can't understand it because the place was 80% empty. Verdict: appalling service for which they still want to be tipped, average food (with a very weird and unappetising amuse bouche), priced way too expensively. There's a PizzaExpress on Haymarket - you're better off going there.

Stephanie K

29 June 2013  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Great pre-theatre dinner choice
I booked Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel for an early pre-theatre supper with two friends of mine who were visiting from the USA. We had an absolutely delicious meal with a glass of prosecco to start and then we each had two courses. The service was excellent and our waiters were friendly, helpful and informative. It was a perfect setting for a lovely, quick pre-theatre supper and I would definitely come back and eat there again! I LOVED the dogs that were on the back of each chair, I thought the decor was very stylish. All in all, I would highly recommend Brumus for a great night out.

gerald B

14 July 2011  
Food & Drink 3
Service 1.5
Atmosphere 2
Value 2
Tried Brumus in Feb 2011 for a post theatre dinner, due to its proximity to the Comedy Theatre. The play didn't finish until 10pm. Decor and furnishing is very trendy and warm, with unusual colours, which works well. However, the dining room was virtually empty, so naturally lacked atmosphere – but at least it meant that we could take a window seat and watch the world go by in the Haymarket, which can be entertaining. We chose some of the more expensive items from the a la carte menu. The food was fairly good, although nothing exciting or great, but much better than we had expected for this very touristy part of London. Unfortunately, our waiter's service approach switched between a) being completely unattentive (chatting to a colleague) and b) being rather patronising, talking to us as if we were newly arrived tourists who had never eaten in a decent restaurant before. Remarkably similar to that irritating habit of some French restaurants !! Cost £100 for 2 for 2 courses inc service ex all drinks, or £160 in total. In my view, completely mis-priced and very poor value for the quality of food and the poor service. Felt like a “fleece the hotel residents” price level. A shame, because it’s a nice room, conveniently located, and the food was perfectly OK. We won't be back.

Charles H

01 April 2011  
Food & Drink 3
Service 1
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
We tried Brumus for a pre-theatre dinner due to its excellent position next to the Theatre Roayl Haymarket. It was the wrong choice of restaurant. The service was extremely slow. Combined with a gas supply problem in the kitchen, that meant that we were left with just a few minutes to bolt down our main courses. That was a pity as the food was actually quite good. We never got as far as desserts/ coffee. The waiting staff have perfected the art of ignoring customers trying to catch their attention which made us particularly frustrated by the time that we left. Avoid.
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