The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont

International, North American·
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Bronze Award
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Bronze Award

The Colony Grill Room first opened its doors in 2014, when it was opened by Jeremy King and Chris Corbin (of Wolseley and Delaunay fame) as the dining room of their Beaumont hotel. The pair have since moved on from their short career as hoteliers but their vision of an ultra-civilised refuge not only from nearby Oxford Street but much of the modern world remains gloriously intact.

Plush red leather booths and fringed lampshades set the tone of retro luxe, while maximalist artworks and pretty murals are a nod to the Grill’s old-time New York identity. On the food front, comfort food with a distinctly American accent is what's on offer.

Our experience began with starters of smoked eel carbonara and white onion soup finished with its own miniature grilled cheese sandwich. The carbonara is a delicate dish with hand-cut strozzapreti coated in a silky-smooth smoked sauce. While the white onion soup is a comforting choice with just enough crunch from the grilled cheese.

Transatlantic dishes with a chic edge are the heroes of the main menu, with oysters and steaks from the grill also featuring. Monkfish Wellington is the dish we didn’t realise was missing from our lives until we ordered it. Meaty firm monkfish is a perfect substitute for traditional beef, giving a lighter but still just as comforting dining experience. Those looking for an authentic taste of the grill might enjoy our choice of tranche of calf’s liver with caramelised onions, cured bacon and capers, this dish packs a serious punch with bursts of salty capers amongst the charred flavour from the liver.

As you would expect, dessert at this American-style setting is filled with sweet treats. We settled on the vanilla cheesecake served with poached rhubarb and stem ginger, a picture-perfect dessert that those with a sweet tooth will enjoy. A cheese course is also available if sickly sweet puddings aren’t for you.

High prices are par for the course at a Mayfair hotel, but The Colony Grill Room’s vintage feel and ultra-charming staff make dining here the most pleasant of experiences. Post-prandial drinks in the hotel’s Le Magritte cocktail bar are a must too, not least for the excellent people watching.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
International, North American
Ambience
Cosy, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

About

If elegance and charm is what you’re after, look no further. The Colony Grill Room is the signature restaurant of the five-starred Beaumont Hotel, showcasing a timeless yet contemporary transatlantic menu. With the kitchen under the command of executive chef Ben Boeynaems, The Colony Grill Room menu is a sophisticated affair where one can find shellfish, grills, steaks, and salads treated with confidence and executed with precision.

The kitchen draws heavily on the seasons' offerings, preparing the best produce for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all year round. Starters include a NY shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad with 26-month parmesan and white anchovies, and the signature ‘The Colony Cobb Salad’. With local sourcing in mind, mains include roast Cornish cod with shredded squid and bouillabaisse sauce, roast Devon white chicken with a winter vegetable ragout and trumpet mushrooms. But this is a kitchen known for its steaks, so don’t overlook a Hereford Hanger steak or the Suffolk wagyu strip.

Taking inspiration from the 1920s, the interiors blend roaring old-world glamour and a comforting atmosphere, to create a nostalgic but modern dining experience styled out with red-leather New York-style booths, soft lighting, and the occasional tableside flambe. The 80-seater dining room has acquired an impressive array of colourful murals along with several smaller maximalist paintings all highlighting the artistic reputation of The Colony Grill Room. If ever there was a spot to indulge in osciertra caviar and a glass of Laurent-Perrier, this is it.

The Colony’s wine list presents 500 bottles from the best producers and varieties throughout the old world and the new, carefully selected to maximise pairings with grilled meats. A wine flight - the ‘Wine Discovery Journey’ - is also available, including four wines, chosen to match your preferences and served blind before all is revealed at the close of the meal.


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Yes, booking in advance is recommended but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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There is no official dress code, but a smart casual look is recommended.

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Yes, there are a few vegetarian options on the menu, but not many.

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Location

8 Balderton Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6TF

020 7499 9499 020 7499 9499

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 07:00-10:30
Tue 07:00-10:30
Wed 07:00-10:30
Thu 07:00-10:30
Fri 07:00-10:30
Sat 07:00-10:30
Sun 07:00-10:30
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 18:00-21:30
Tue 18:00-21:30
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun Closed

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10 Reviews 
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Sam R

13 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

This is one of my favourite restaurant post Lockdown. yes it is a bit pricey but I think all restaurant are starting to put their prices up to cope with growing cost.

I have had lunch, dinner and even breakfast. 

The breakfast is to die for, so much choice. Better than the Woseley next to the Ritz.

they recently put an express menu for a quick bite at lunch which is quite practical as i work next door and dinner my god the steak are so good but they are also non meat option.

The staff is super friendly and always make you feel welcome as they recognise you and they are genuily friendly

Angena C

31 July 2018  
Good service excellent dishes and wine list High level which is reflecting in pricing.

Agnese K

05 May 2017  
Very good value for money,transaltantic food offer, great steaks. Service is very friendly and warm.

Natalie L

04 May 2017  
A stunning restaurant. Service is impeccable. A feeling of old world glamour and delicious food.

Agnese K

02 June 2016  
Great style and ambiance, always feel welcomed.

Nuzy S

07 July 2015  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 3.5
Read Nuzy Sayani's review of The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont
We are lucky to live in a city that has so many new restaurants to whet our appetite. The Colony Grill Room, the latest offering from Corbin and King, housed in The Beaumont, their first hotel, is one of them. I am a great fan of Fischers and The Wolseley, so I was looking forward to trying The Colony and it certainly exceeded my expectations. From the moment I walked into the elegant Art Deco inspired lobby of The Beaumont, I knew that I was in for a treat. A set of double doors leads you into the American Bar that has a great vibe. It was busy but not crowded and my girlfriends and I enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail (they know how to mix a proper martini - shaken and not stirred) with a spot of people watching. It is Mayfair after all. The decor is in keeping with the 1920s building (a converted garage) and you are immediately conveyed back in time to the glamour and style of the pre-war era. I half expected my fictional hero Hercule Poirot to walk in any minute! Tom Mackenzie, the attentive reception manager seated us in one of the luxurious red leather booths that is so conducive to conversation and with the great lighting everyone looks fabulous! However there is nothing old-fashioned or stuffy about The Colony. Like its sister restaurants, you get great service and the ambience makes you feel special and yet relaxed. Rudi, the excellent reception manager at Fischers organised a table for me before The Colony had opened, so I had little information about the menu. The All Day A La Carte menu is a combination of American grill room and European classics. There were no great surprises but a wide choice from crustaceans, salads, American style sandwiches to grilled meats and fish. None of us fancied the Chicken Marengo that was the special of the night but we enjoyed the potted Morecambe Bay shrimp, Caesar salad , a comforting chicken pot pie and the New York strip steak. My Dover sole was perfectly cooked. Leli, the restaurant manager looked after us very well and helped us select lovely wine. She steered us towards a Cote du Rhone Blanc which I will certainly be sourcing. We managed to leave a little room for dessert and devoured a delicious sherry trifle that was almost as good as the one my sister makes. We couldn't resist the Baked Alaska that was served with pistachio ice cream, a twist on the traditional. I would recommend The Colony for a romantic dinner, a night out with your friends or a treat for your parents. The layout also makes it suitable for a business lunch or dinner as the booths afford you privacy. As ever the best ingredient to a great night out is sharing an evening with your closest friends and the hours slipped away effortlessly. www.colonygrillroom.com The Beaumont 8 Balderton Street Brown Hart Gardens W1K 6TF 020 7499 9499 October 2014 @NuzySayani Nuzy Sayani is Catwalkschoolgates’ restaurant reviewer. Nuzy lives in Marylebone with her husband and seven year old son. She is a technology lawyer and loves the theatre, cinema, is an avid reader and likes nothing more than trying out restaurants. Nuzy will be sharing her dining experiences with us and would love to hear from you with your recommendations.

Sarah R

03 July 2015  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Fantastic Service
We celebrated my husband's birthday last night at Colony Grill. I arrived 30 mins early to have a drink at the fantastic Art Deco style bar but it was too busy. The staff showed me to our table early so I could wait for my husband who was running late. The staff welcomed me and nothing was too much trouble. I enjoyed a margarita whilst I perused the menu and wine list, which is fantastic! The table behind me were a bit noisy so I asked to move tables, which was accommodated with no problem at all. By 7:30pm the restaurant was full and a really buzzy atmosphere and a bit of celeb spotting. I wasn't too keen on my globe artichoke starter, it was too cold I would have preferred it warm. My husband ate omelet followed by New York strip, which he said was better than he had eaten in California last year. I had poached salmon which was cooked to perfection. Sides were perfectly seasoned mash and fries plus grilled courgettes with nuts. It was all delicious and delivered with friendly and efficient service. I was a little disappointed by the dessert. The options looked great and then the waiter put a pad in front of me with a tick list to build my own sundae. I was very excited as I like to think of myself as an ice cream expert! However, it came up in a small dish with a little bit of cream to the side and a dashing of sauce, as if I had ordered a regular ice cream. It certainly wasn't a sundae. We had a fantastic time but the pastry chef just needs me to come in and show them how to build a sundae (hint hint). I shall certainly be returning and have booked my boss in for a business dinner next week.

Ben B

15 May 2015  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
A great experience
Exemplary friendly service, great setting and we had a fantastic meal. I suspect the menu could be more exciting but I'll definitely be going back

Monika S

28 April 2015  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 3.5
Remember Steak Diane
Colony Grill Room is Mayfair's restaurant du jour, given to us by the clever people behind The Wolesley. Colony grill room is the main restaurant in the new Beaumont hotel, so new, that my london cabbie was embarrassed not to have heard of its' existence. I have been 3 times now and I can't get enough of it, it's that x factor in a restaurant. For me it's the classic dishes done to perfection that win here... think steak Diane with unctuous red wine jus, which surprisingly I have never had before and buttery gorgeous dover sole and a gigantic creamy creme brûlée. The other attraction is that London/ International buzz with a sprinkling of stardust, Becks and Posh, Tom Cruise and Joan Collins, to name a few. Start with a cognac powered classic champagne cocktail in the bar and then open those art deco doors to another world of old time glamour and London's most exciting dining scene. Prices ineveitably are not cheap but hey its worth it. Also service is friendly and professional, star or not. Book in, 9pm is the best sitting, put on your sunday (or saturday night) best and go escape to a night of refined hedonism.

Alex G

29 October 2014  
Food & Drink 3
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3
Not every restaurant can be a winner
The Colony Grill is the latest venture from Corbin & King, but certainly not their best. Just as this famous restaurant duo gave us their take on the grand European café with The Wolseley, on the French brasserie with Zédel and the Austrian experience with Fischer’s, here is their interpretation of the traditional Grill Room of the 1920s. The Colony is located in the tastefully classy and discrete Beaumont Hotel in London’s Mayfair and one cannot help being impressed by both the hotel and the entry into the restaurant, which is a clear homage to the architectural and artistic delights of the art deco style. While the tables were well-spaced and our group of three benefited from a side booth looking into the main dining area, the dark brown art- and photo-covered walls as well as the total absence of natural light began to grate as the meal went on, feeling almost claustrophobic to me by the conclusion of our experience. Onto the food, and if you like solid and traditional – but ultimately rather uninspiring – dishes, then this is the place to come. Wanting to hedge their bets, the Colony offers a range of soups, fish dishes (oysters and the like), salads and egg-based options (anyone?!) to begin, followed by club sandwiches, grills, more substantial fish options and other meat dishes for the mains. While the former are priced competitively, with starter options averaging at about £10, £30+ for a steak or a piece of Dover Sole is passive reminiscent more of fine dining than what one might more reasonably expect here. Perhaps there is a Corbin & King premium? Moreover, as with the also somewhat disappointing Kaspar’s in the Savoy, would the same diner wanting to spend £17.50 on a dressed Dorset crab really want to follow this up with a Shepherd’s Pie main? Attempting to be all things to all people means, ultimately, you end up being pretty average at everything. This was certainly our experience, from the six different dishes (three starters and three mains) our group sampled. My veal Pojarski main (fried with breadcrumbs on a bed of boiled spinach) was poorly executed and unpleasantly salty to name but one example. Neither the pasta or fish mains selected by my other comrades really inspired. We passed on puddings, but for the more sweet-toothed diner, the ‘bespoke sundae’ option (where one can customise an ice cream/ topping/ sauce combination for a set price) is an innovative touch. In conclusion: this is a safe, if somewhat bland option for a business lunch; I would rather the Wolseley or Fischer’s any day…
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