Holborn Dining Room

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Holborn Dining Room

Silver Award

Boasting an all-day menu that stretches from filling hot breakfasts to late-night suppers, this versatile brasserie within the smart Rosewood London receives generous praise for "amazing ambience, very good food and great service".

The grand, marble-pillared room previously housed the underwriters at Pearl Assurance, and Martin Brudnizki's makeover captures that sense of heritage with a clubby look whose russet leather, tweed detailing, reclaimed oak, antique mirrors and patina copper-topped bars are both traditional and on-trend. Outside, meanwhile, the courtyard houses a tastefully elegant summer-only terrace that’s a plum spot for alfresco dining.

Prior to heading up the kitchen at Holborn Dining Room, Executive Head Chef Calum Franklin honed his skills at a variety of renowned London restaurants including The Ivy, Aurora at the Andaz Hotel, Indigo at One Aldwych Hotel and Roast in Borough Market. He brings his considerable talent and passion for beautifully hand crafted pies – among other things – to Holborn Dining Room’s crowd-pleasing British menu.

Recent highlights included a juicy shrimp burger lifted with jalapeno tartare, Cornish crab toast with avocado and Bloody Mary jelly, and indulgent sticky toffee pudding, all preceded by exemplary White Negronis. Elsewhere, you'll find classic seafood dishes, including Jersey rock oysters, hot buttered shrimps, and classic fish and chips with mushy peas, and a selection of pies made in Holborn Dining Room’s separate Pie Room. You’ll need to allow 30 minutes, but when the likes of curried mutton pie, and hand-raised pork pies arrive, you’ll swear it was worth the wait.

A decent wine list is handy, but it’s the Gin Bar that’s the real star of the drinks show here. Boasting London's largest collection of the spirit, the Gin Bar menu has been designed around the four main flavour profiles of the gin wheel to help you find your new favourite serve.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

This venue also offers

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Private Group Dining

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Event Party Venue

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Christmas Parties

Rosewood London

Location for Holborn Dining Room

252 High Holborn, Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

020 3747 8633


Opening Times

All day
Mon 07:00-22:00
Tue 07:00-22:00
Wed 07:00-22:00
Thu 07:00-22:00
Fri 07:00-22:00
Sat 07:00-22:30
Sun 07:30-21:45

Reviews of Holborn Dining Room

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16 Reviews 

Nicola T

22 March 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3

A nice way to end a weekend with a trip to the restaurant on a Sunday evening.  Great buzzy atmospher which surprised me!  The pies did not disappoint!

Izzi B

24 January 2020   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Best pancakes in London!

Great for a breakfast meeting. Ticked all the boxes and the pancakes were delicious!!!

Judith V

07 August 2019  
Fantastic ambiance, incredible food. The staff is incredible on details and personalisation. Michael the Sommelier is outstanding.

Alex G

23 July 2019  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Formula for success

The owners of the Rosewood Hotel seem – after several iterations – to have hit upon a winning formula for their restaurant. Dining in hotels can often be anti-climactic, particularly given the plethora of other potentially more exciting options nearby. Meanwhile Holborn has perennially suffered, despite all efforts to rebrand the district as ‘midtown’, from having neither the draw of the West End or the City. How to fix this? Simple. Create an all-day brasserie of modern British classics with a few twists. It’s worked for years at the likes of the Wolseley or the more recently renovated the Ned. Similar to the latter, the Rosewood benefits from a glorious history and diners get to enjoy the spacious marble-pillared room which used to house Pearl Assurance. Look carefully and you can even see the markings where the former desks were affixed to the floor. The room has now been refurbished to resemble an old-school gentleman’s club (think comfy banquette sofas) with some cool tweaks (check the art deco style lighting). The menu is mercifully brief and simply displayed. Beyond around a dozen each of starters and mains, diners also have the option of choosing from a seafood or cold counter as well as from a selection of pies and roasts. My comrade who had chosen the venue recommended we began by sharing a Scotch Egg – currently a very on-trend offering and apparently the winner of the ‘Scotch Egg Challenge’, per our menu. It looked beautiful with a wonderfully orange yolk that tasted deliciously rich and comforting, although I felt I had enjoyed better (say, at 67 Pall Mall), with this one somewhat let down by the slightly too salty meat around said egg. Onto the mains, and while my comrade opted for a hard-to-fault fish & chips (done well, this can be incredibly satisfying), I ventured for their daily fish special. This comprised pan-fried hake, served with gazpacho, heirloom tomatoes and almonds. It was an innovative and attractive composition (see photo), which showed ample demonstration of what the kitchen here is capable of. Even on a Monday lunchtime, the venue felt lively, further evidence that they are doing something right. My only quibble might be service. At times, it felt a little too intrusive and eager-to-please, while the offer to take my comrade’s plate away before he had clearly finished his main spoke simply of poor training. Nonetheless, in the final assessment, this is a well-needed and positive addition to dining options in the Holborn area.

Robyn A

08 July 2019  
Amazing ambience, excellent service, British classics done exceptionally well, with flair and precision but with the main focus on flavour. Very reasonably priced for such an amazing space and menu.

Chris H

05 December 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Two breakfasts and a dinner
I was fortunate enough to stay at this hotel for two nights which meant I had two breakfasts here during my stay. I can recommend the Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale. My friend had avocado and tomato on a muffin with a poached egg which looked delicious and filling. We also had a dinner. I had salmon to start followed by chicken pie with garden peas. Both were filling. The service and staff were excellent on all three occasions. I would definitely visit again.


10 July 2018  
Different venue to the usual, very refreshing.

John P

27 June 2018  
Where to start - the service is superb, from the moment you walk in, you are looked after, to be seated, your order taken in no time - with great recommendations from the staff if you are indecisive - a vibrant restaurant with excellent food that is not overpriced.

Hannah M

21 March 2018  
Amazing service fab view lovely food great wine/champagne.

Sophie W

22 June 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Great place for a client lunch!
On the hottest day of the year so far, a lunch at Holborn Dining Room was exactly what my clients and I needed! The decor and atmosphere of the restaurant gave the perfect backdrop to an important business lunch. The shrimp burger was amazing as was the steak tartar! Service was wonderful and we were very well looked after, I would highly recommend to anyone!
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