Holborn Dining Room

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Holborn Dining Room

Silver Award

Temporarily closed from the 10th until 17th of January, reopening on the 18th of January.

Boasting an all-day British menu that stretches from filling hot breakfasts to late-night suppers, this versatile brasserie within the smart Rosewood London hotel 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.

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.

Holborn Dining Room also plays host to a dedicated Pie Room where it turns out signature pies, from chicken, chestnut mushroom and tarragon to a classic hand-raised pork pie. By day, you can watch the chefs rolling out pastry to craft its spectacular pies, while by night this beautiful, copper-tinted room can be hired out as a private dining venue.

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
Perfect for
Birthdays, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

This venue also offers


252 High Holborn, Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

020 3747 8633 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 07:00-22:00
Sun 07:30-22:00


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22 Reviews 

Sharyn S

06 March 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Can’t wait to go back

Had a wonderful family dinner here. Very relaxed but attentive service. Food could not be faulted. Have an amazing cocktail, Pink Diamond. 

Richard T

24 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Simply the best pies in London. Great setting and cocktail bar for post lunch drinks. 

Jessica Ransom

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Incredible pies full of flavour, quality ingredients and an impressive display of skills. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for all occasions and it's dog friendly which is an added bonus for us

Lindsay Rhys J

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Service & Food quality first class every time. Traditional with a unique twist, I reccomend to everyone who visit London. five star!

Jean T

31 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

The pies were stunning and we will definitely be back to try the others!

Very good service.


13 August 2022  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 2
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 1

Honestly one of the worst tasting meals I've had and £205. The pies were over cooked and the fillings tasteless. One pie came out completely burnt and they still served it. Beef Wellington tasted oddly sour. 

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.

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