The Pem

Modern European·
Gold Award

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Gold Award

Hotel restaurants are often charged with feeling directionless or uninspired, but the moment you step foot into The Pem, it’s messaging is clear - this is first and foremost, a celebration of women.

The restaurant is found inside the Conrad London St James and takes its moniker from the pet name of prominent suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. Chef Sally Abe has recruited an almost entirely female team and the dining room feels innately feminine without falling victim to cliche: shiny black and white flooring, rosy hues and cosy tub chairs all set the stage for a night of fine dining. This is not to say that men are not welcome here, as proven by our visit which saw the dining room populated with couples on dates, solo hotel guests and small groups of friends catching up.

The Pem’s menu is ever-evolving, making the most of in-season produce, but you can always expect a commitment to quality and presentation that is seriously impressive. We began with a plate of poached native lobster, lightly bathed in shellfish cream and paired with a traffic light trio of heritage tomatoes, which tasted purely, absolutely of tomato. This supreme freshness of ingredients continued into our main course, which saw tender, blushing pink fallow deer complemented by the quaint sweetness of roasted red cabbage and faintly sour pickled blackberries, a harmony of autumnal flavours.

For pudding, 1970s dinner party staple black forest gateau (a personal favourite of Abe’s) is given a contemporary makeover - it’s a satisfyingly rich combination of cherry and chocolate, topped with a pile of delicate chocolate curls and served alongside a scoop of truly sublime house-made cherry ripple ice cream.

This level of quality certainly does not come cheap and mains priced north of £40 feel punchy, even for the area. That being said, The Pem’s attentive service, beautiful dining room and commitment to seasonality all make a visit worthwhile - it is the kind of restaurant which reminds you why London is the best city in the world for dining out.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Modern European
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

About The Pem

Chef-to-watch Sally Abe is the brains behind The Pem, a high-end restaurant found within the Conrad London St James. Abe acts as consultant chef for the hotel and also oversees its in-house pub, The Blue Boar.

Having previously been head chef of Michelin-starred The Harwood Arms in Fulham, Abe now brings her culinary knowledge to The Pem, which serves a dinner menu that champions top-quality British produce and reworks classic dishes with innovative new spins. The menu changes seasonally, but on your visit, you can expect to find dishes that are underpinned by fresh produce from trusted suppliers - think poached native lobster with shellfish cream, heritage tomatoes and sweet olive or roasted John Dory with brassicas, lemon and sauce Choron. Desserts meanwhile, include the classic likes of black forest gateau topped with chocolate curls and served alongside English cherry ripple ice cream.

The Pem takes its name from suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, whose family used the pet name ‘Pem’ for her, and a commitment to showcasing female talent is reflected in Abe’s exclusively female senior team. The restaurant’s look is also distinctly feminine - the dining room boasts an art deco inspired design, including soft lighting and comfy banquettes and tub chairs, all decked out in romantic rosy hues. The main dining room seats up to 70 guests, while a private dining space has room for 24.

The Pem’s wine list combines highly sought-after fine wines with lesser known bottles from independent producers and has been curated from sommelier and wine consultant Emily Harman.

Speaking about the opening, Abe said: “I have the freedom to serve the food I’ve always wanted to cook. It’s me on a plate. I’m taking classic combinations and really making them my own, like steak and oyster, cheese and onion – I won’t be messing with the framework but trying to put a new spin on them without creating challenging or modernist dishes. I want to bring a sense of familiarity and transfer those flavours to high-end restaurant dining.”


Does The Pem have a dress code?

There is no official dress code for The Pem, but we'd recommend opting for a smart casual look.

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Can you book The Pem?

Yes, booking ahead is highly encouraged but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Who is Sally Abe?

Sally Abe is a British chef who previously ran the kitchen at the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms, but now acts as chef consultant for the Conrad London St James hotel.

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The Pem Events

£250.00Bollinger Prestige Cuvée Dinner
Special Dinner
Bollinger Prestige Cuvée Dinner

09 Jun 2022

Join us for Bollinger Prestige Cuvée Dinner with Tasting Menu from Sally Abé
The Harben Room at The Pem: Thursday 9th June

Guy de Rivoire, international ‘face’ of Bollinger, will be hosting an opulent and intimate dinner on 9th June in The Harben Room, the elegant private dining room at The Pem at the Conrad London St James, featuring a full Bollinger flight of prestige cuvées including the iconic R.D. 2007 from magnum and the recently released and extremely limited Grande Année 2014.

Sally Abé, Consultant Chef at The Pem and the restaurant’s Head Sommelier James Shaw have written the menu to heighten the experience of these timeless Champagnes, championing the very best produce the season has to offer. A real celebration of all things luxury, the five course tasting menu will be paired with Bollinger champagnes throughout and includes Native lobster, Dover sole with caviar hollandaise and Veal tomahawk.

This exclusive event with only 20 tickets available is the highlight of our private dining calendar to date and promises to give the most wonderful insight into this prestigious cellar. Bollinger has held a Royal Warrant since 1884, as awarded by Queen Victoria, particularly special during the Queen’s Jubilee Year with our restaurant’s proximity to Buckingham Palace.

The tickets are priced at £250 per person including all food, wine, water and service.


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Location for The Pem

22-28 Broadway, Westminster, London, SW1H 0BH

020 3301 8080


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:30-02:30
Thu 12:30-02:30
Fri 12:30-02:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
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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27 March 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
An incredible culinary experience

Outstanding food and service, we will come back, thank you to al the staff for such a unique experience!!

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