The Gilbert Scott
The Gilbert Scott
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Silver Award

Matching the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s awe-inspiring grandeur would be a tall order for any restaurant, but on current form, Marcus Wareing’s team can compete with the architectural splendour of this fabulous dining room. We swooned over plates of cooked-pink duck hearts and perky chanterelles on smoked bone marrow, before chomping on red mullet and roasted prawns perched on creamy brandade, and a dish of silky hake with pickled egg purée, summer vegetables and black pudding. As for pud, we’d advise saving room for the gorgeous praline tart with caramel ice cream. Lunchtime set deals such as mackerel with gooseberries and runner beans followed by lamb shoulder with glistening pea broth are worth it just to gawp at the room’s vast architraves, glorious art and gold lamé pillars, while suited service hits an informed (but informal) sweet spot. Linger over the chunky wine list or indulge in a swift flute of something English before the train.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Afternoon tea, British
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous
Food Occasions
Sunday roast
Special Features
Chef’s table
People
Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for The Gilbert Scott

St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR

020 7278 3888

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Opening Times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -9pm)

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Undemanding Customer

Very disappointing service
27 November 2019  

On Monday 4th November, I invited three business colleagues to dinner at the Gilbert Scott because, a few years ago I had a great dinner there.

This time we were disapointed with the service, the food was average and the price of the meal excessive.

On our arrival we were taken to our table by a very pleasant female but it all went down from there; I had to ask three times for the drinks list,  the champagne that I ordered took ages to arrive, which was embarrasing, the young waiter had not been taught how to serve champagne!.  Two of my guests ordered steaks and these were just plonked on the plates without any form of arrangemet or garnish, looked awful.  Three of the items on the menu were not available on the night. 

If what we experienced was indicative of the service The Gilbert and Scott provide at a considerable price today,

do not go there!! 

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Tom B

02 July 2019  
Classical surroundings.

Lise M

28 June 2018  
My favourite room in London, historical and grand! Great for any special occasion.

Rebecca G

27 June 2018  
The servcie was a little disappointing in that the staff did not know what some parts of the menu were, the somelier though was great. Food was good and lucky on last occassion to be seated not so close to next table.

Samantha H

15 June 2017  
Wonderful food, ambience and value. The staff do Mr. Wareing proud.

Kerim T

Going off the boil
23 December 2013  
I loved Gilbert Scott at the beginning. The grandeur of the setting and the interesting British-based menu were appealing but with each returning visit I have been left with the sense that someone is cutting corners to bloat the margin. Our most recent visit was not helped by having a table close to the entrance. Perhaps it's because it's Christmas but the menu has been drastically reduced in size and the food, while pleasant enough really struggled to warrant the price tag. The bar on the other hand, while small offers great service and an interesting selection of cocktails. Our server (Frankie) was extremely helpful and attentive.
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Nicolas L

Service still needs improvement
07 December 2013  
I'm afraid the service is still not up to scratch. Very poor last night. What a shame.
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Jonathan N

Unbelievable, but definitely not in a good way...
04 December 2013  
What could have been a decent, if over-priced and under-served, meal was transformed into a truly memorable but utterly inexcusable fiasco – their flagship main course Rib of Beef (£66) was off! Yes, the meat had gone off, not just rancid, gone bad, the accompanying rib bone actually stank of rotten meat and while the centre parts of the beef were edible (eaten by my wife), both ends and all the fat (the best part for me) were wretch-inducing and inedible. Just as unbelievably, not once were we asked how the meal was, though I now suspect this was more than coincidence. I tried, and failed, to catch the eye of a waiter through the whole main course, but since my wife and I were entertaining my best client (who, fortunately had pheasant, which apparently was fine) so sticking my arm up and making a scene was out of the question. At the end of the meal, with half the meal going back uneaten, I explained the problem to the waiter and invited him to smell the meat. Perhaps thought I was joking, but he certainly refused and then returned from the kitchen saying the meat had been delivered today and must have been fine. Unbelievable! This remained the party line when I spoke to the Maitre D. while my guests were getting their coats and in a subsequent email exchange. What worries me is that the chef should have known the meat was off when he took it out of the fridge, he must have know when he cooked it. The waiter would have known when he brought it to the table. I suspected the moment it arrived, and knew as soon as I started eating. To be disbelieved and contradicted is just a personal insult, albeit made worse by the £30 service charge that I had paid, but in a wider context, what does it say about a restaurant that claims not to know that the meat it is serving is off and worse still, refuses to acknowledge it when it is pointed out. It's just a good thing it was beef and not pork or I might be writing this from a hospital bed with a drip in my arm…
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Doreen M

pleasant surprise
10 October 2013  
Good food, welcoming and friendly service, relaxed environment with life piano music. I particularly liked the choice of desserts, including fruit and nut chocolates. Good choice of English sparkling wine, which we could taste first before deciding which to drink. We will be back!
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Helen L

Introducing: the Snow Egg
26 February 2013  
I recognise not everyone’s charmed by King’s Cross since its rebirth. Parts of St Pancras terminal are sterile, while upstairs the Betjeman is joyless and haunted in the way only station pubs can be. But head to the end where The Grand brasserie reigns, and the place gains a very different complexion. The architectural aping of a bygone era really starts to work. Hop off train; sail through cavernous concourse; arrive at Renaissance’s jaw-dropping approach. Viewed in this light, the Gilbert Scott should have the classic Brief Encounter down pat. Amid echoes of the ‘age of steam’ at each turn, there’s a lightness of touch to this restaurant’s interior that we didn’t expect. The room appears almost luminous in contrast to the sultry shadows of the bar next door, and the atmosphere on a Saturday lunchtime was surprisingly relaxed. How refreshing that a place so firmly steeped in heritage isn’t drunk on self-importance. We found the service to be professional and eager. The sommelier masterfully steered us away from a rough English red by urging us to taste before buying. We did, hence swiftly scrapped the order and move on to a full and spicy Lebanese red. It’s was a welcome intervention; discreet, helpful and ultimately geared towards our pleasure (rather than an upsale). The menu reads like a who’s who of British culinary tradition. Weekend roasts offer decent value but we were lured to a la carte, largely because my fave – sprouting broccoli – was a seasonal starter. It arrived with a good few indigo drops welling beneath its florets, having steamed a fraction too long between kitchen and table. Bit of a howler in truth, but the hollandaise was the best I’ve ever had. I’d happily slather all foods in that rich, nutty emulsion. My date’s starter of crumbed pig’s head went on to soothe my offal phobia, delivering the flavour of a satisfying hash with the delicacy of dill and cockles. Mains weren’t knock out dishes; we were pretty indifferent about the retro barbecue chicken served on little gem leave, in a course straight out of my Mum’s post-war cookbook. My mushroom cobbler was frighteningly meaty, putting the ‘pork’ in ‘porcini’ (and arguably the ‘ill’ in ‘filling’. It proved a cue for a power nap, so avoid on a date). Finally, pud delivered some unexpected Heston-esque trickery in the form of a mercurial ‘snow egg’: a marshmallowy pillow with marmalade ‘yolk’, in a sea of glorious custard. Tricksy to achieve I’m sure, but such fun. More impressive still was the bar; a lavish space that’s definitely worth a gander. It’s cleverly decked out, but this time the elaborate finery stands shoulder to shoulder with sharp, utilitarian styling. Oddball features include a bar created from exposed industrial girders and spectacular bells dangling from the lofty ceiling. Pop in after lunch (like us) and you’ll be treated to table service and heady cocktails at a devilishly early hour. Perhaps unsurprising, given the flamboyant interior. After patchy reports of quality and service (plus valid concerns about value), the Gilbert Scott pleasantly surprised us. Perhaps we lucked out with a late lunch sitting that didn’t over-burden staff, but the food was good overall and we felt very welcome throughout. Both bar and restaurant are magnificent spaces befitting special occasions, without the stuffiness of more established institutions. And while the bill was on the portly side, an amuse bouche and a well-turned petit four will always lessen the blow in my mind. I’d be reluctant to fork out for dinner again until the inconsistencies are ironed out. Judging by that textbook hollandaise and the glorious dessert, one or two chefs might be flirting with brilliance. So, a happy medium; an unintimidating afternoon tea in the bar with the rellies, if only to bask in the surroundings.
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