The Lanesborough Grill

Afternoon tea, British·
££££
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of The Lanesborough Grill

Silver Award

It’s impossible not to feel slightly overawed by The Lanesborough Grill. As soon as you walk in, the eyes settle on a trio of majestic chandeliers that hang from the ceiling. Pale blue frescoes run along the upper recesses of the walls, which are supported by a series of chalk-white doric columns. Light streams in through the domed glass ceiling, and as you eat dinner and the sun sets, the mood dims in the restaurant too. There’s no getting around it - it’s a stunner of a dining room.

Bringing in Shay Cooper as executive chef was a canny move. Cooper has a history with heritage hotels in London (he dragged The Goring back to relevance some years ago too) and his cooking at The Lanesborough Grill is reminiscent of that. He doesn’t mess about - this is food that you just want to eat.

There are still a few interesting twists and turns afoot, though. A coronation crab salad of white crab meat and crispy potato would be delicious on its own, but it’s transformed by a curried lime sabayon that turns in a star performance. A beef tartare is similarly remodelled by the clever addition of crispy hop shoots and a delicate truffle and sherry dressing; like the crab it feels fresh and interesting, but doesn’t stray too far from its roots.

Though much of the menu heads for bold, satisfying flavours, a dish of scallop carpaccio with Marinda tomato, hazelnut and smoked rapeseed oil shows a kitchen capable of balance and restraint. That said, we finish the meal on a caramelised brioche pudding with burnt orange puree and milk ice cream that is every bit as good as it sounds.

There are no duds, in fact, and the generous menus (eight starters, eight mains and five desserts) means that we could come back many times over. Service is typically attentive and ready to bend over backwards for you, and the wine list is gargantuan, with some suitably vintage bottles on offer as well as signature cocktails, aperitifs and digestifs. The prices are definitely on the burly side, but hey - you’re at The Lanesborough. Our advice? Just enjoy it.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Afternoon tea, British
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
People
Celeb spotting, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About The Lanesborough Grill

The Lanesborough Grill is the flagship restaurant at The Lanesborough hotel - a London institution on Hyde Park Corner that remains firmly atop London's luxury hotel pyramid. The Lanesborough has often boasted a Michelin-starred flagship over the last 10 years - starting with Heinz Beck's Apsleys and more recently with Celeste - and with executive chef Shay Cooper now at the helm, The Lanesborough Grill promises much. 

Cooper's modern British cooking is a perfect fit for The Lanesborough - he is an innovative chef who values classic flavours and cooking techniques, and The Lanesborough is a storied hotel in its own right. The Lanesborough Grill, meanwhile, is still a beautiful space - certainly one of the most elegant dining rooms in London. The domed glass roof and chandeliers give The Lanesborough Grill a palatial feel, and the restaurant is leaning into its Bridgerton-esque aesthetic with the decoration as well as plenty of trolley service and tableside theatre.

The menu is a reflection of Cooper's style - elevated, sophisticated British classics. Dishes include Coronation crab salad with a curry leaf sabayon, Hereford beef tartare with potato crips, cured egg yolk truffle and sherry dressing, Beef Wellington with royale chestnut mushroom, oxtail and bone marrow potatoes, and poached native lobster cooked with spring radishes, broad beans, peas and lemon verbena butter. Save a bit of room for dessert too, especially with picture-perfect sweets like Yorkshire rhubarb trifle with earl grey custard on the menu.

As one would expect, The Lanesborough Grill also boasts a significant wine cellar, with hundreds upon hundreds of old and new world fine wines alongside some rarities. 


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Does The Lanesborough Grill have a dress code?

The dress code is smart casual.

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Please note with the exception of guide dogs, dogs are not permitted at The Lanesborough Grill.

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Does The Lanesborough Grill have live music?

Enjoy live performances by a pianist/vocalist alongside fine dining Fridays and Saturdays from 7.30pm.

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Location for The Lanesborough Grill

The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7TA

020 7259 5599

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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 08:00-10:30
Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:00
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun 12:00-14:00
Afternoon Tea
Mon 14:30-16:00
Tue 14:30-16:00
Wed 14:30-16:00
Thu 14:30-16:00
Fri 12:00-16:00
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Dinner
Mon 18:30-22:00
Tue 18:30-22:00
Wed 18:30-22:00
Thu 18:30-22:00
Fri 18:30-22:00
Sat 18:30-22:00
Sun 18:30-22:00

Reviews of The Lanesborough Grill

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7 Reviews 
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Andrew G

08 July 2019  
Excellent service and high quality experience.

Anon

30 July 2018  
Cannot fault.

Anon

28 June 2018  
Good food, service and ambiance with a warm welcome . Decor is stunning .

Simone F

10 November 2017  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3
Atmosphere 3
Value 4
Felt very rushed to order
There was good and bad about the lunch this is what happened. I was taking my sister for a birthday lunch she arrived early at 2pm - table was booked for a 2:15 lunch. She was taken to the bar and ordered a drink whilst informing them I was running a little late. The barman was really helpful and very friendly saying don't worry just relax till I arrived. But 5 mins later she was rushed into the restaurant by a woman called Lenka where she was asked to order very soon as kitchen was closing. Next moment at 2:10 she was given a menu and asked by a waitress called Sandra to please order her meal as the kitchen is closing up. My sister started to panick as she didn't know what I wanted to order...I arrived at 2:20 to the commotion with Sandra standing next to my sister insistent on her food order. I asked what was going on and then she said that the kitchen is closing and that she needs an order....I asked to speak to a manager as surely you wouldn't take a booking at 2:15 knowing the kitchen was closing. I was a little annoyed as it was meant to be a treat for my sister but she felt really upset about the rush on it all and thought I was the person who was really late..Lenka then came over and said that they only needed our order before 2:30 which was fine...so why was my sister made to order before I had arrived? Anyway we ordered and I asked if we could have my sisters coat tag brought over from the bar, which they were happy to do but we were never told they had done so. So I asked Lenka and she said that she told me she had put it on my own coat tag which she most certainly hadn't? These two women were not helpful and I found them difficult however the Sommelier was terrific and made us feel very welcome along with the male waiter, we then continued to the bar afterwards where the staff were fantastic especially Sebastian. Just such a shame how we were made to feel at the beginning. The food and bar was lovely...it was just such a shame about the beginning of the lunch and how my sister was made to feel.

Alice B

04 May 2017  
A venue with real 'wow' factor, the decor is only the start to a magical dining experience. Everything from the service to the ambience is exceptional, and then you try the food. The flavours are perfectly balanced and there was not one weak dish that we tried. Honestly one of the best dining experiences I have had.

M Stead

19 April 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 4
An altogether pleasant affair
I love easy reviews, they usually come after you don't have to do much thinking about it. You can distinctly say "The food was good" "the decor was nice" "The waitress threw rhubarb sauce on me..." (that actually happened). And this is such a review. Dining here for lunch we were the first ones into the restaurant, a strange experience it has to be said, and were greeted by friendly staff. Eating off a set menu as we were is quite a fun experience, you get the opposite of what your dining partner has, thus sampling each course to get the full range on offer. The problem arises when there's three choices for each course, and one of which you've never had before in your life... Baked celeriac... A genuine panic ensued, cod, lamb or celeriac...?! In the end we went lamb and celeriac. Phew! Oh, and wine pairings! Our starters consisted of mackerel for me and a Burford Brown scotch egg. I love mackerel, I really do, and this was excellent. Charred skin, with kohlrabi and wasabi vinaigrette. I hate wasabi, I really do, whether it be in vinaigrette form or not, but this was really quite delicious and complemented the mackerel. Main was lamb for me, and, to be honest I kind of wish I'd gone celeriac, that was the dish of the day for me and I'm so glad my friend went for it! It's easy to write about lamb, so I won't bother, instead I'll say the celeriac was the most interesting dish I think I've ever had in my long career of "eating food". Combined with something billed as Comté extra vieux millésimé (translates as extra old Comté) I've never had such flavours before. Celeriac and cheese?! Yes, thank you! Dessert for my friend was Hazelnut praline, described by her as "Bliss" and "ticks all boxes" I'll take her word for it... and, ironically, Rhubarb fool for me, I just wasn't aware that the fool bit would involve the sauce being thrown on me rather than poured on the dish... She actually did a wonderful job of missing all my clothes, so hats off to her! And she was incredibly apologetic. No matter, it didn't spoil the enjoyment of the afternoon one bit.

Patrick B

02 April 2017  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 1.5
Value 1.5
Potential not realised, sadly.
I really wanted to like Celeste. Hand on heart, we could with a few more "old fashioned" high-end dining rooms. Many reading these pages will know what I mean, as much as we like modern, relaxed fine dining, there are events which require the full service. Very few places pull off the balance. I had high hopes with Celeste but what I found was a stark contrast. The potentially beautiful dining room is decorated in a strange slightly lost empire or regency style which ends up lost in translation. No pun intended, but it looks a bit like a sugar coated weeding cake, but manages to be dark in the evening (blinds and lighting conspiring) and tables are strangely distributed. Moving on to the good, the service is perfect from start to finish. Both hotel and restaurant staff are absolutely sublime. The food follows the decor - it looks grand but lacks coherence and substance. The desserts were especially difficult to like and contained technical issues which are not acceptable at this level. The tragic result is that the kindness and quality of the staff is wasted on a strange dining room with uninspired food, which must be the poorest use of what could be one of London's prettiest dining rooms. Once more from the top?
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