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Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Francatelli

Silver Award

Embedded within the wedding-cake surrounds of the St James's Hotel – a favourite of celebrities, authors and diplomats – this recently re-launched, freestanding restaurant drips Art Deco style and good manners. Plush surrounds and an absence of baseball caps, ripped jeans, sportswear, shorts, trainers, flip-flops and children make for an intimate and chic backdrop in which to enjoy the kind of fine dining likely to leave a lasting impression.

In celebration of its tenth anniversary, Seven Park Place has embarked on a complete renovation of its interiors which include an extension and rebuild of the restaurant, along with sumptuous new furniture and decor overseen by Russell Sage Studio. In addition to the new olive green seating and pretty floral wallpaper, the new features include bespoke lighting levels designed to transform the space in the evenings, and an intimate wine tasting room that boasts an impressive central tasting counter with a custom-made glass chandelier overhead.

The interiors might have been revamped, but the food remains as fantastic as ever. Executive head chef William Drabble continues to deliver “the most incredible, genuine French food”, sourcing from the UK, but applying several coats of contemporary Gallic lacquer to his haute cuisine. New signature dishes include poached native lobster-tail with cauliflower purée and lobster butter, galette of pigs head slow-cooked with vadouvan, butter-poached langoustine with spiced apple chutney, and fillet of south coast turbot poached in bramley apple juice with clams, though if you really mean business, you’ll opt for the six-course gourmand menu with paired premium wines.

Desserts keep the bar high with toothsome offerings such as mango and passion fruit cremeux with raspberries and elderflower, and Lancashire yoghurt mousse with fresh peach and crumble,  as does the 47-page wine ‘book’. “Professional, dedicated staff” who aren't afraid to smile and chat provide the icing on the cake at this fine establishment.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, French
Cool, Cosy, Fine dining, Fun, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Francatelli, housed in the glamorous St James’s Hotel & Club, is a modern British restaurant. Here, executive head chef William Drabble celebrates British produce complete with elegant presentation. The 30-cover dining room is a quiet, intimate space where guests can relax and enjoy sumptuous menus paired with excellent wine. Floral interiors and plush seating add a sense of calm and respite from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city. 

Menus here are varied but each offers a modern take on the classics, reimagining dishes from the 19th-century for a more contemporary audience. A lunch set menu or a dinner a la carte are both available here.

Those dining here have the option to kick off their meal with some British tapas including the likes of artichoke beignets, pickled vegetables and homemade sourdough bread. Meanwhile, the starter selection features seared scallops with a bacon and onion jam and a warm potato mousse, or open ravioli of pumpkin served with crispy sage.

This can all be followed by the main event which might be a whole lobster braised with winter truffle and potatoes, whole grilled Dover sole with nut brown butter and capers or a saddle of Cumbrian venison served with salt baked celeriac and a beetroot and juniper jus. To finish, a dessert menu offers several options including the chef signature tarte tatin or a filbert tart with frangelico liqueur.

The wine list at Francatelli, as one might expect from a restaurant of this calibre, is truly all-encompassing. Diners can peruse hundreds of options from all over the world, with vintages dating back as far as the 80s. There are plenty of sweet and fortified entries on the list too, ideal for enjoying after a delicious meal. To book a table here, simply select a time and group size using our online tool.

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What's the dress code?

We'd advise dressing smart or smart casual.

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Meet the team

William Drabble

Executive chef

William Drabble, originally from Merseyside, is the Michelin-starred executive chef at the five-star St James's Hotel & Club. Having honed his skills at the likes of Aubergine and Pied à Terre, he now oversees all dining at the hotel, including Seven Park Place, private dining, afternoon tea, room service and 1857 The Bar.

This venue also offers

St James's Hotel & Club
Private Group Dining

St James's Hotel & Club


St. James's Hotel & Club, 7-8 Park Place, St. James's, London, SW1A 1LS

020 7316 1621 020 7316 1621


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:30
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun Closed


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9 Reviews 

Kate M

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Amazing service, lovely venue, gorgeous tasting menu at a reasonable price. Can't wait to come back!

Louise B

06 August 2019  
In a crowded London Michelin-starred market this little gem, hidden away off Piccadilly is serving delicious, imaginative food in an esoteric setting. Wonderful, intimate service.

Andrew G

08 July 2019  
Perfect in every way!

Yamin L

04 May 2017  
Great food, service and ambience, discreet, delicious.

Natassia R

31 May 2016  
The best restaurant i have been to. The food is amazing and the service is fantastic.

Wendy M

22 November 2013  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 3.5
Definitely worth a Visit
Dishes are exactingly prepared and plated in what could be described as modern French. Light warm scallop mousse of sublime texture was memorable, as was quail ('tis the season) both sensationally executed. Heartier braised beef ticked boxes too. Jus (plural) are this chef's forte. He also ensures that food is served to the temperature demanded by the ingredients to deliver food at its best. Wines have not failed to please yet either. Lunch is good value too, but slightly negative for me, it is just another small but formal hotel dining space. Their event on the 28th of this month is interestingly show-casing truffle, presumably Italian and not French, as reflected by solely Italian wine selection, but alas I can't make that potentially truffle ‘paradiso’ date. Precise high-end dining is achieved, probably helped by the fact covers are limited to 26 – theoretically a very manageable number.

Nicole G

08 April 2013  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Beautiful flavours in a lovely location
We're all used to being squashed into expensive restaurants like cattle, sitting elbow to elbow with other diners so Seven Park Place was a nice change. The booths were spacious and set apart so we could actually talk to each other instead of shouting our way over everyone else's conversations. It also takes a stand against the fashionable minimalist looking places across London with lots of luxurious colours which meant I felt like I was in an expensive restaurant instead of a very pricey All Bar One. We all took the tasting menu and they were really happy to swop out the shellfish for one of us as she can't eat seafood. It wasn't a production, it was just done. As opposed to her, I loved both the scallops and the lobster tail but for me, the triumph was really the seabass. I usually find fish (all fish, in most restaurants) bland, boring and just completely forgettable but William Drabble has done something amazing with the creamed leeks, mushrooms and red wine. His dish made me actually considering ordering fish for a main course the next time I am in a restaurant and that is quite a success. And our Sommelier took my dislike of oaky wines to heart and paired it with a red wine. Unexpected, unusual but perfect. This is not culinary wizardry a la Heston but this is an excellent chef making simple food taste extraordinary and that is definitely a talent to be appreciated. The key to this restaurant is that everything is just done to a very high standard. It isn't hip or cool but it is elegant and stylish both in the service and the food with occasional hints of brilliance, This is very much a Mayfair restaurant and it probably wouldn't work in somewhere like Soho but there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Tanya D

10 December 2012  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Yes, this may be in one of the more stuffy parts of town in a stuffy little hotel but hey, if you are a slave to your tastebuds, you have got to come for the tasting menu! As soon as I saw it on the website, I had to try it and few menus live up to your expectations but this most certainly did. The room is quaint and pretty and perfect for a quiet romantic formal (but expensive) date but not if you are going with a friend for a relaxed meal. Actually, I may say it is expensive but it was about £250 for 2 with that amazing tasting menu and several glasses of wine and lovely easygoing service, thats not actually bad at all.

Christopher J

29 October 2009  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
After excitedly reading about Seven Park place I hurriedly booked a table. With fewer than 30 covers and William Drabble's reputation I was surprised to find a table at my preferred time for Saturday lunch less than two weeks since opening. I was even more surprised to find that the maitre'd knew me by name. This, I discovered was because we were the only booking for lunch. This was a private dining experience and a thoroughly enjoyable one. The Tortellini of lobster was amazing although I was rather envious of my partners snail dish. Main courses were equally enjoyable and beautifully presented. I was left wondering exactly how it was possible to cook Lamb so well. In truth I wanted to try it all although sadly at £45 for 3 courses it's just slightly above ‘market price’ for non residents. Drabble needs to trick his customers into excellent value set meals and they'll overspend on Wine through guilt. Go on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy great food and incredibly attentive service!
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