From the team behind The Hunter’s Moon gastropub in Fulham (aka The Lunar Pub Company) comes its second venture Ganymede, located on the swish streets of Belgravia. It’s named after the largest moon of Jupiter and comes from duo Oliver Marlowe and Hubert Beatson-Hird, who combined possess a wealth of hospitality experience. Ganymede offers a modern twist on a classic British boozer, although really, it’s a far cry from a standard pub in pretty much every respect. It actually calls itself a dining bar and restaurant, where diners can sample elegant British dishes and ingredients in a cosy yet smart setting.
Wooden surfaces inject the restaurant with a warm and traditional feel, as do brown leather booth seats, while large walled mirrors and hanging exposed light bulbs at an on-trend element to the décor. The kitchen is headed up by Daniel Mertl, who previously worked at Michelin starred Chez Bruce and The Glasshouse, so you know already that you’re in strong hands. There are a la carte, set lunch and Sunday menus as well as a selection of bar snacks if you’re nipping in for a drink and nibble.
Examples of starters include rabbit and pistachio terrine, toasted rye bread and burnt onion emulsion; beef cheek lasagna, celeriac puree, button mushrooms and red wine jus; truffled cauliflower soup, cep and comté scone. While main dishes quail and foie gras wellington, creamed potatoes and roast shallot and fillet of Cornish hake, white bean puree, roast salsify, burnt caper and lemon dressing.
Desserts are just as pleasing and feature chocolate fondant, crème fraiche sorbet, caramel and hazelnut and apricot and hazelnut tart with praline parfait.
There’s a generous wine list which you can order by the glass, half bottle or full bottle and which range from all over the world including new world wines. If you’re feeling lavish, diners can also order a selection of reds, whites, roses and champagnes from a magnum menu.