Holborn Dining Room

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Holborn Dining Room
Holborn Dining Room
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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, reclaimed oak and antique mirrors are both traditional and on-trend; outside, meanwhile, the courtyard houses a tastefully elegant summer-only terrace.

 Recent highlights from a crowd-pleasing menu included a juicy shrimp burger lifted with lobster thermidor tart, cornish crab toast and indulgent sticky toffee pudding, all preceded by exemplary White Negronis. Elsewhere, you'll find classic seafood dishes and a decent wine list to boot.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Glamorous, Lively
Other Awards
SquareMeal Gold List
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

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The Pie Room
Private Group Dining

Location for Holborn Dining Room

252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

020 3747 8633

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Opening Times

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

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7 Reviews 
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Mr. Alex G

Formula for success
23 July 2019  

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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Ms/Mrs. Chris H

Two breakfasts and a dinner
05 December 2018  
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.
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Ms/Mrs. Sophie W

Great place for a client lunch!
22 June 2017  
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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Ms/Mrs. Sarah R

Great for pre-theatre and people watching
14 April 2016  
I met a couple of friends for an early dinner last week. Early because one of my friends is pregnant but in reality it was me that was yawning by 8:30pm! my excuse is an early start that morning. We had a very enjoyable evening. We booked the special offer menu, which is great value. 3 courses plus a cocktail for £25 (before 6:30pm). There was a choice of 3 dishes for each course and the cocktail plus they made a mocktail for my pregnant friend. I'm vegetarian and enjoyed the onion soup and spelt risotto. My friends also had the soup and the pot roast lamb. The portions are generous and everything tasted delicious. I couldn't get enough of the rhubarb and ginger trifle. I remember the restaurant when it was Pearl and the designers have been clever in updating the large space to make it feel airy yet intimate. A kind of upmarket New York diner with red leather booths and a long bar to the side of the restaurant. The staff were incredibly helpful, even lending my friend a cushion to make her feel more comfortable. The people watching here is spectacular! by 7pm the restaurant was buzzing. We could spot those on a business dinner, the nervous first dates, the more flirty third dates and then the work colleagues who probably shouldn't have been on a date but ended up being on one after a few Dark and Stormy cocktails! We had to leave before we were found out! I'd like to go back and try the al la carte menu and more trifle but I can't promise I won't be people watching again!
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Mr. Paul S

30 April 2014  
Staff attentive and pleasant. Room had nice atmosphere without impeding conversation. Food a little average. Sea bass overlooked and dry.
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Mr. Patrick B

08 March 2014  
I like the Rosewood Hotel, but the Holborn Dining Room (or HDR, as they call themseleves) is still nowhere close to the level it must aiming for. It is definitely ambitious, the room has very expensive decor and especially in the evening the atmosphere looks nice. The service is not very well oiled, but at least the staff is friendly. What lets the place down in a very big way is the food. Imagine a british-inspired brasserie. That's Charles Dickens's Britain… the result is nothing short of dire, but worse there is a complete lack of attention to detail, which doesn't go at all with the rest of the Rosewood complex. A pity becasue a new all-day solid brasseries would have been exactly what Holborn (sorry ‘Mid-Town’) needed. A complete turnaround in the kitchen is needed, before its too late. I concur with fellow reviewers that the drinks menu is not very smart and the wine list is strange to say the least. Pity.
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Ms/Mrs. victor T

28 February 2014  
It infurates me to never to be asked if I would prefer a double or single when ordering drink's,as doubles not only intoxicates much quicker but also sends the bill up which attracts a larger service charge for the same amount of effort. One other thing ether get more powerful lighting or print the menu's larger.
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