The Cinnamon Club

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COVID-19 Update for The Cinnamon Club

Updated on 01 Jul 2020

We are delighted to announce The Cinnamon Club’s re-opening on 10th July! We have been waiting for this moment for over three months now and we SO look forward to welcome you back in the beautiful Old Westminster Library.

The opening will, of course, come with some necessary changes to make it safer to visit our restaurant, from following social distancing guidance and reduced and single use menus. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of you, our guests and our wonderful team.

We have also changed our opening hours and we will now be open from Monday to Saturday for lunch & dinner. We are taking baby steps back and hopefully we will be re-opening our breakfast and Sunday Brunches very soon. 

It has been a tough act writing the menus, but I think I have managed to squeeze in several of the favourites you all had mentioned before, alongside some new dishes too. No doubt, the restaurant menu is smaller but I hope you will still find a favourite or two in Grilled Spencer Gulf king prawns with Alleppey curry sauce, or Tandoori breast of Anjou pigeon with pumpkin and peanut or indeed the Mumbai Lamb Millefeuille.

SquareMeal Review of The Cinnamon Club

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This ground-breaking Indian restaurant finds its home in the other-worldly Victorian surrounds of the former Westminster Library, making a happy marriage out of two of the UK’s most cherished passions: its history and its adoption of curry as a national dish.

Two of the restaurant’s walls are covered in classic books – the result of a fairly recent £1million makeover – which reaches the ceiling and frames the gallery level to create a fairy-tale feel. Despite the pretty surrounds, the atmosphere can sometimes be lacking due to an absence of music and a very male-dominated clientele (which perhaps isn’t surprising given the restaurant’s position near the Houses of Parliament) that means there is one loud hum to proceedings.

Background noise aside, the food fares much better than the ambience. Head chef Vivek Singh trained classically in India and the plates carry the hallmark of someone who has spent years perfecting their craft and has then been brave enough to put their own spin on things.

Octopus to start comes soft-centred with gloriously intense crispy bits and potatoes in a bright curry sauce flavoured with sharp lemon. Indian food often lends itself to family-style dining, but communal plates have had a fine-dining makeover here. Rich butter chicken is served on a silver platter; the curry house classic is familiar and elevated at the same time and comes with a creamy black dal, pilau rice peppered with whole fragrant spices, plus a punchy garlic naan to mop up the generous quantities of sauce.

To drink, pretty cocktails promise a colourful riot of exotic flavour, though we found the in-house creations erred on the side of the saccharine; better to investigate a groundbreaking wine list that expertly matches the qualities of individual grapes to the intricacies of complex spicing.

Despite any gripes over atmosphere, Singh’s careful balance of flavours offers an exemplary Indian dining experience and with a permanently packed dining room, we’re not the only ones with an appetite for his clever cooking.

About The Cinnamon Club

When The Cinnamon Club opened in 2001 it offered up a fine-dining experience when the majority of Indian restaurants in the capital were still subscribing to the curry-house format that had propelled the popularity of the cuisine in the UK.

Classically trained in India, chef Vivek Singh understands the building blocks of age-old cooking techniques and couples them with contemporary twists on classics for unusual and surprising creations that have helped to push his restaurant into the premier league of London eateries. Additional accolades include Singh having authored five bestselling cookbooks and appearing regularly on cooking programmes such as Saturday Kitchen and Celebrity MasterChef.

The Cinnamon Club has recently undergone a £1million refurbishment to transform its home in the old Westminster Library into a bright and modern space that still retains much of its original character. Old books line two sides of the dining room while walls are painted bright white and a mezzanine level adds additional seating without detracting from the double-height space.

Priding itself in catering for every eventuality The Cinnamon Club offers all sorts of special menus, including a vegan one which offers a wonderful selection of plant-based Indian dishes. An early/late menu sees guests offered three courses for £38, including a pre-starter and a seasonal cocktail.

From the main menu you can expect creations like a Bengali-style lobster thermidor and a 48-hour marinated pheasant breast in pickling spices. For those who enjoy communal dining there is also a handful of signature sharing mains, like the Old Delhi-style butter chicken and a whole rack of lamb in a corn and yoghurt sauce.

The Cinnamon Club also offers private dining spaces for special occasions and serves meals from first thing to late into the evening, with a breakfast menu that includes unexpected dishes such as a full traditional cooked English breakfast.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Indian
Eat at Home
Takeaway service
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Unique
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
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Special offers from The Cinnamon Club

London Restaurant Festival 4 courses £65 including a pre-starter

From: 1 October, 2020
To: 31 October, 2020
Max: 6
Enjoy Four courses at £65 per person including a pre-starter from the London Restaurant Festival
Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:45PM 5:00PM-8:30PM

Vegan 4-course menu for £35 per person

From: 21 July, 2020
To: 31 October, 2020
Max: 8
4-course menu for £35 per person
Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-8:30PM

Dine Local: 7-course menu for £85per person/ with wine pairing £170

From: 21 July, 2020
To: 31 October, 2020
Max: 8
7-course menu for £85per person/ with wine pairing £170
Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-8:00PM

3 course lunch & EARLY DINNER for £30

From: 21 July, 2020
To: 31 October, 2020
Max: 8
3-courses for £30
Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:45PM 5:00PM-5:45PM

Location for The Cinnamon Club

The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BU

020 7222 2555

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 07:30-14:00
Tue 07:30-14:00
Wed 07:30-14:00
Thu 07:30-14:00
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Dinner
Mon 06:00-22:30
Tue 06:00-22:30
Wed 06:00-22:30
Thu 06:00-22:30
Fri 06:00-22:30
Sat 06:00-22:30
Sun 17:30-21:00

Reviews of The Cinnamon Club

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59 Reviews 
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Alex R

A special impression
30 August 2019   - Verified Diner

if you want some where a little special look no further 

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Anon

02 August 2019  
Always excellent interesting food. Whole menu exciting and difficult to decide what to choose. Good bar again with interesting cocktails. Good service and lovely venue.

Matthew G

02 August 2019  
Fantastic food and service.

Anon

26 July 2019  
Refined Indian food, great wine & beer list.

Paul A

We'll be back
20 May 2019  

The old library dining room is immediately striking and huge, handling the enormous number of covers claimed with ease, although the downside of this is the high level of ambient noise, despite the high ceiling, but at least there is no music. We were welcomed like regular customers, and the tasting menu offers a tempting variety of regional specialities presented in a modern way. A taster of spicy minced chicken in a ball went down very well with our glass of small-grower champagne, as did the appetisers - tender chicken chaat in a very good pastry shell, lovely crab and berry salad with an interesting lotus root crisp, and super Scottish salmon, cured in house with spicy jhal. We still tend to favour low air miles in sourcing ingredients and were on the point of commenting about this when it transpired that the first starter prawns actually came from Down Under. However, this was one of the best ever prawn dishes for us - the luxurious, fleshy prawns perfectly done in a marvellous Kerala Allepey sauce, which had been restored to the menu (to the delight of the staff who considered it to be a real trump card for the restaurant).  This dish was beautifully matched with a Ch de Retout white Haut-Medoc made from an unusual blend of grape varieties. This could have overshadowed the second starter, but the excellent minced Cumbrian lamb with its “mille feuille” kebab and its coriander notes stood up to the challenge. An unannounced palate cleanser with a pineapple flavour made a good introduction to the first main course, which pitted interestingly char-grilled monkfish against another Kerala curry sauce, its slightly vinegary nature making a very enjoyable accompaniment for the fish. After all the pleasing build-up it was disappointing to find that my second main of venison was chewy as well as difficult to cut even with a serrated knife. My troubles were spotted by the ever-attentive staff, the plate taken away and a new dish served acceptably swiftly. This time all was well and the quality of the venison and the, inevitably, Anjou pigeon with the brilliant pumpkin chutney showed what a shame it was that the first effort was not right. Our dessert was first-class, the shrikhand cardamom well-balanced against the sweetness of the black and red berries. An alluring menu put into expert practice with a multiplicity of spicy tastes which always had the palate tingling but were never overdone. Everything was properly professional, from the conception of the menu card to the description of the courses and the confident interaction of the staff with the customer, and in particular the way my troubles with the tenderness of the venison dish - there was no question of my being mistaken, it was simply customers are here to be pleased and so it is paramount for everything to be right for them. We will definitely be back.

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Alasdair S

05 April 2019  
Continues to deliver exquisite Indian cuisine.

Anon

30 March 2019  
Fantastic old school building, amazing quality Indian fine dining. Great space and nice little drinking bar underneath. Always had a great night. Food and service is superb.

Stan L

27 June 2018  
Excellent food, great atmosphere.

Roz S

27 June 2018  
Vivek Singh is a legend. Delicious menu, fantastic space.

Tina P

27 June 2018  
Food and drink Value for money Excellent customer service Nice ambience.

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