Heritage Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Modern European, Swiss·
££££
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Silver Award
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London, W1D 6DF ·Website ·Call020 3995 7500

SquareMeal Review of Heritage Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Silver Award

Maybe it’s the chiming of the Swiss glockenspiel in Leicester Square but for years Soho has been one of the very few places in London where diners can sample Swiss cuisine. Which is where Heritage, on Rupert Street, comes in. The restaurant aims to give traditional Swiss food a modern makeover in a contemporary setting.

It works a treat. The sophisticated dining room looks aptly Alpine, but not to the extent of feeling like a chalet, with dark wood, exposed brick and industrial lighting, though it’s the smell of the place which really sets the mood, with the distinct aromas of the tabletop charbonnade grills scenting the dining room with the fragrance of pine and barbecued meat.

The menu is fairly short, and you will want to order everything on it, especially if you like cheese. Desserts come with a suggested cocktail pairing. The wine list is extensive and impressive, featuring bins rarely seen outside Switzerland.

Other little luxuries such as crusty bread with truffle butter lifted the experience further, as did friendly, smartly dressed staff. Heritage is a fantastic place to go for a taste of casual luxury. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European, Swiss
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Dark and moody, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Quirky, Romantic, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Celeb-spotting, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

About Heritage Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

No need to worry if you didn’t make it to the slopes this winter, Heritage is an alpine and fondue restaurant in Soho that can take you on an après-ski journey. From the moment you walk through the door you will feel transported and you will leave feeling like you just experienced an authentic little piece of the Swiss Alps. 

Menus at Heritage are designed for sharing, making it a romantic choice for dates or a fun destination for dinner with friends or family. The menu consists of a selection of small plates, raclettes, melting-cheese fondues and impressive seafood platters.

From oozing melting cheese to magical melting pots of chocolate, the fondue choices on the menu are not to be missed. For a savoury fondue consider the Vacherin Fribourgeois & Gruyère, served with artisan bread and mini potatoes for dipping. Or enhance your experience even further by choosing to upgrade to black truffle or tomato fondue. Dessert fondue is made from a blend of milk and dark chocolate, with seasonal fruits and homemade marshmallows waiting to be dipped.

For some traditional Swiss dining then opt for one of London’s best cheese raclette menus. The traditional dish consists of Swiss cheese melted and scraped over a plate of pork belly, mini potatoes or vegetables. Tapas-style sharing plates and the restaurant’s two-tier seafood platter are perfect choices if you want to share between two people or more.

The restaurant also offers a bottomless brunch, with two hours of fizz and fondue - taking place each Saturday and Sunday, what better way to spend the weekend.

Location for Heritage Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

18-20 Rupert Street, London, W1D 6DF

020 3995 7500

Website

Opening Times

Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 11:00-17:00
Sun 11:00-17:00
Afternoon
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 18:00-01:00
Sat 18:00-01:00
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-00:00
Thu 18:00-00:00
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 18:00-00:00
Bar Evening
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-00:00
Thu 18:00-00:00
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 18:00-00:00

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Alex G

Switzerland made modern
07 October 2019   - Verified Diner

Switzerland may be famous for many things and among them cheese and chocolate, but the concept of a Swiss restaurant has never become entrenched, and certainly not in London. Maybe it’s because the long-established (and still much-loved by many) St Moritz restaurant on Wardour Street has become a beacon of Swiss kitsch, with its chalet-like interior, gingham furnishings included. Heritage, open since July, takes Switzerland into the 21st Century, a perfectly-pitched offering that has the potential to endure. There is nothing in the name of the venue nor that of the head chef (Aarik Persaud) to make diners think of Switzerland. The décor, a predictable combination of exposed brick and metalwork, doesn’t offer many clues either. The observant may note though the thoughtfully-chosen Keith Haring posters from the Montreux Jazz Festival. However, the pervading smell gives this venue an ineluctably Swiss sense: wood smoke and melted cheese pervade– in a good way. Despite there being no shortage of rich dairy products on offer (and we loved the homemade truffle butter which accompanied the bread), Heritage is about much more than just this. The food might not all be what a local purist would describe as ‘echt’ Swiss, but it certainly delivered. Take my dishes. First up was a smoked beef tartare starter, presented beautifully and assembled live in front of me with the only nod to Switzerland being the inclusion of what the menu called ‘potato hay,’ or curly crisps to you and me (see photo). This was followed by a main of Cornish (yes, you did read that correctly) hake, served with a lovely textured mustard dressing and complemented by borlotti beans. At least, we were informed, all the cheese is imported direct from Switzerland. A Kaltbach dessert platter showed just about everything that is good about the country’s cheese; savoury and smoky, paired superbly with truffle, walnut and figs. Many think – and rightly so – that Switzerland is not a cheap place. Yet, a 2-course set lunch for £24 (or 3 at £29) constitutes great value in central London. Sure, a la carte or the inclusion of wines would push the bill up, but based on what we experienced, there would certainly be cause for a repeat visit. The 60-cover venue apparently fills up in the evenings and the cocktails also come highly recommended.  

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