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Galvin at the Athenaeum

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Michelin-starred chef siblings Chris and Jeff Galvin have added to their slowly expanding empire with a restaurant at The Athenaeum. Like Galvin at Windows and The Pompadour by Galvin, this newcomer is in a hotel, and like Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and Galvin La Chapelle the menu features French classics such as steak tartare with toasted sourdough. The Athenaeum however has a stronger British accent than its siblings; we especially enjoyed a pretty starter of dressed Portland crab with Hampshire watercress and rye bread. Other similarly simple dishes also fared well. Soused Cornish mackerel with ratte potatoes and cucumber was a deluxe potato salad with a lively dressing, while a thick slice of calf’s liver was perfectly cooked pink all the way through, scattered with crisp leaves of sage and sitting on a buttery bed of slow-cooked fried onion. Prices are generous for the Mayfair hotel location; a trencherman-sized Dingley Dell pork belly with black pudding clocks in at just £16.50. To finish, puddings such as cherry Bakewell tart are aimed at the sweet-toothed. All-day eating, including breakfast and afternoon tea, is another plus – a boon for tourists and local suits – but it does mean there’s an inescapable feeling you’re sitting in a rather bland hotel dining room designed for international tastes. The equally new Bar at the Athenaeum deals in innovative twists on cocktail classics, but if that’s not your thing, there’s always the hotel’s famous whisky collection.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Quiet conversation, Unique

Location for Galvin at the Athenaeum

116 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1J 7BJ

020 7640 3333


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 7am-11am 12N-11pm

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5 Reviews 

Abigail T

08 July 2019  
Great service.

Petite A

02 November 2017  
Food & Drink 3
Service 1
Atmosphere 3
Value 1
Galvin at the Athanaeum
Booked my boss for breakfast at this restaurant and he was not pleased at all with the service. The food took long to come and came in parts, so the first items served were cold by the time the next one got served. Value for money is not great - you pay the same for one egg on toast as you would for an English Breakfast.

Amelia W

20 June 2017  
Excellent service and ambience.

Petite A

02 June 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Excellent venue
Excellent Food, service and atmosphere. The staff go out of their way to help.

Jean T

01 November 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 5
Mayfair Madness!
What a delight to find a Galvin restaurant in Mayfair that is a one stop shop for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. We had the Prix Fixe for lunch and what a fabulous bargain it was - we started with a superb soused sardine beautifully presented with cucumber followed by a delicious tranche of perfectly pink Calves liver accompanied by delicious Lyonnaise onions and finished off with a lemon sponge pudding and blueberries - all for £19.95! The food was superb and was served in healthy portions; the service was wonderful and we and the rest of the restaurant had a really great lunch! We will certainly be returning again soon!

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