The Goring Dining Room

Silver Award

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Silver Award

A quintessentially British restaurant for a top-class family-owned British hotel, the Goring Dining Room is a real experience. Decked out in cream and gold, it manages to stay the right side of pompous thanks to whimsical cherry-tree chandeliers and keen-as-mustard service – a mood of “unrushed efficiency” prevails. Grilled Dover sole and beef Wellington are still there for the old guard, but elsewhere more on-trend dishes delight such as confit egg yolk with chicken wings and prosciutto (“a winner”), and delicate, cured sea trout tartare with myriad specialist tomatoes and seaweed vinaigrette. Roast chicken with truffled potato salad has also “pleased greatly” and we’ve been blown away by the perfectly timed cod with razor clams and shrimps. As you might expect from a Michelin-starred kitchen, it’s all very sophisticated and pretty, although “flavours and textures are a highlight”. The “incredible” cheese trolley gets rave reviews, and the wine list has everything you would expect of such a grand establishment.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fine dining, Glamorous, Lively, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Sunday roast
Celeb spotting, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Does The Goring Dining Room have a Michelin star?

The Goring Dining Room has one Michelin star.

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The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, Westminster, London, SW1W 0JW

020 7396 9000 020 7396 9000


Opening Times

Mon 07:00-10:00
Tue 07:00-10:00
Wed 07:00-10:00
Thu 07:00-10:00
Fri 07:00-10:00
Sat 07:00-10:30
Sun 07:30-10:30
Mon 12:00-14:15
Tue 12:00-14:15
Wed 12:00-14:15
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:15
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-15:00
Mon 18:30-21:45
Tue 18:30-21:45
Wed 18:30-21:45
Thu 18:30-21:45
Fri 18:30-21:45
Sat 18:30-21:45
Sun 18:30-21:45


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15 Reviews 


03 March 2020   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3
Just a blip?

Since Shay Cooper’s departure there have been some changes including front of house. Quality ingredients are still being sourced to create sophisticated and perfect cooking, alongside the odd fundamental error – one vegetable component of a dish was not properly prepared rendering it totally inedible. Service is not exactly co-ordinated and not always knowledgeable. A dish was described to us by one waiter; we ordered this dish which was then described differently on arrival at the table, the latter description translated accurately on to the plate. As I understand it Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant, located elsewhere in the hotel hasn’t ‘taken off’ yet. I wonder whether the arrival of Siren was the reason for Shay and his sous chef leaving, but at the moment it seems that these plans haven’t yet paid off. Normally The Goring Dining Room would be packed out at Sunday lunchtime, so we were surprised to find it rather quiet, but towards the end of service, afternoon tea takers started to populate tables. We experienced high quality from pastry chef and excellent service from sommelier. Let’s hope it all comes together soon.


30 September 2019  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4.5
old world charm

We picked the restaurant for no better reason than it had a michelin star... 


The dining room itself is old worldly that wqouldn't look out of place on the set of Downton Abbey.  Atmosphere wise it maybe is a little sterile, the diners a mix of tourist, business people and our fellow gourmands.


The menu good, I had the grouse for main and is now my official favourite meat.  Two breast fillets cooked and served to their unctiouous perfection.

The surprising element for a Miichelin restaurant though was that there wasn't a tasting menu, so it is all al a carte.  Which isn't a big issue, but I prefer the tasing menus to create a bit of variaty and push myself into trying dishes I mihgt not ordinarily order from the menu.

The bill for the two of use came in at £360, but we did have a bottle of Tokai with dessert.


Gabriela M

28 June 2019  
The place has potential i think the dishes are over done/decorated, same with the drinks, the service is friendly, polite, the decir is great, spacious and fresh, I think if the prices are steep.

Simone K

07 August 2018  
Highly professional offering a sublime meal in the most comfortable environment.

Geo S

31 July 2018  
Old world hospitality at its finest.

Paula R

05 July 2018  
Beautifully presented, delicious food served with style in a lovely space. A real treat for a special occasion.

Nicholas B

10 May 2017  


05 May 2017  
Excellent service, formal but friendly and attentive. Food is consistently excellent and the seating arrangements allow for conversation with a degree of privacy.

Elmer D

04 May 2017  
Food is service are amazing.

Wendy M

10 July 2016  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Expensive Treat
I don't often favour the very traditional hotel dining room, but there is an almost " je ne sais quoi" about The Goring dining room, even though décor is not really one I would admire. Lunchtime the light floods into a spacious and comfortable place and it makes me feel relaxed, the atmosphere is one of unrushed, efficiency with everything seemingly under control. Given the proximity to Westminster it is probably not uncommon to spot well-heeled business people and MPs. In our case it was a former PM whose pockets (or a colleague's) are evidently deep enough to dine here and beyond. Some country property brochure waving was going on, the subject of which being bandied about the lunch table - I digress and so I will leave the tittle tattle and get on with the important stuff. Service is second to none, drinks are expensive, but they are very good and the sommelier advises appropriately. In two visits, the food has been sophisticated and pretty good-looking, but that's not what interests me the most. Flavours and textures are the highlight and rightfully so. Starting with a summer veg salad with smoked goats curd was delightfully true to season. Confit egg yolk with chicken wings and a prosciutto was another winner. Chicken main with a potato truffle salad pleased greatly. Turbot was not too far behind served with delicately smoked mussels and a summer garden pea concoction on the side. We ordered an extra side of the sweetest heritage carrots. Breads are excellent - one with fig and raisin and a hint of fennel really did hit a high note for me. Now thinking up another excuse to treat ourselves - ah yes, have to go back to try dessert.
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