Wild Honey St James

British, French, Modern European·
££££
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Wild Honey St James

Silver Award

With Arbutus and Wild Honey Mayfair, Anthony Demetre was once at the forefront of London’s casual fine dining movement. It was all about creative food at fair prices, so there’s a touch of irony that 15 years later, Michelin-starred Wild Honey finds itself on the opposite end of the spectrum, settled inside the swanky Sofitel St James Hotel.

Black cabs and red buses bustle up and down outside, but beyond the restaurant's revolving door you’ll find nothing but a gentle murmur of conversation. The interiors are smart, if a little staid - marble table tops, chestnut leather and dark, polished wood all play into the refined and slightly serious feel of the space.

We kick things off with a negroni - a cocktail Demetre takes very seriously. The restaurant makes its own vermouth in-house and it is without doubt one of the best negroni’s we’ve ever had - one ice cube to limit dilution and a little hit of orange zest.

If Demetre’s cooking must exist in a hotel to exist in London at all, we’ll take it, because it remains just as thrilling as it ever has been. A wafer-thin tartlet of wild mushrooms arrives under a blanket of hazelnut sabayon. There’s an Orkney scallop - crowned with a golden maillard crust - alongside a silky Jerusalem artichoke puree and the fruity kick of sansho pepper. Mains continue the theme of expert cookery and smart flavour combinations - rare fallow venison, walnut, cocoa and kumquat sounds an ingredient too far but it really works, with clean citrus cutting through all the richness. We finish with a tarte tatin - a dessert that only reaches its majestic peak when the caramel is taken right to the precipice. It’s superb, but by this point we’re not surprised.

Here’s the kicker though. Mains are pushing £40, starters are up to £25. That tarte tatin? £24 - admittedly, for two to four people. Dining here is no drop in the ocean but there’s no questioning the faultless food.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
British, French, Modern European
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Unique
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

About

Following huge success with Arbutus and the original Wild Honey, Anthony Demetre has taken his acclaimed restaurant from Mayfair to St James's, where it now resides in the Sofital St James Hotel. The restaurant received rave reviews during its time in Mayfair, and the St James's iteration has been similarly well received, being awarded a Michelin star in 2022.

Demetre is a chef with a wealth of experience alongside luminaries like Gary Rhodes, Pierre Koffmann and Bruno Loubet, and at Wild Honey St James his menu combines classic French techniques with the finest British seasonal produce. As well as sticking with seasonal British produce whenever possible, The restaurant has a sustainable mentality - the kitchen operates in a nose to tail fashion, making sure to use every part of an ingredient to lower wastage. 

There are a number of menus available at the restaurant, catering to a variety of crowds, with menus for lunch as well as an evening tasting menu. If you make it in the early evening you'll find a very reasonable early supper menu on offer too. Dishes on the menu include grilled Hereford beef with slow cooked shin cottage pie and Roscoff onion, and Shetland halibut with mussels, Manitou potatoes, young leeks and white miso.

As per the name, Wild Honey also has its own wild honey, courtesy of a few hives on the roof of the hotel, as well as local providers Bermondsey Street Bees. Honey features in a number of dishes, including a Welsh lamb, roast sand carrot, January king cabbage and honey dish, and the wild honey ice cream with honeycomb and lemon madeleines.

As you'd expect for this sort of hotel establishment, the wine list is also extensive and varied, with a huge range of wines by bottle and by the glass.


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Location

8 Pall Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5NG

020 7389 7820 020 7389 7820

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-21:30
Wed 17:00-21:30
Thu 17:00-21:30
Fri 17:00-21:30
Sat 17:00-21:30
Sun Closed

Reviews

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38 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Neil P

30 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Always lovely

Always lovely

Neil P

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

Always lovely

Andy M

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Food and service exquisite 

Andy M

23 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Christmas lunch menu

Great service and an amazing food. We will return. 

Jenny W

24 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Great value for money, great cooking! 

Oliver G

01 April 2022  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Wild Honey Best for Events

I persnally like wild honey for

 events serivces  

where we can get good meal to eat and almost near to our corporate office.

Anon

28 January 2020  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 2
Value 2.5
a shadow of its original self

Wild Honey is such a disappointment. The Mayfair residence was one of my favourite restaurants in London, so i was very much looking forward to visiting the new venue. It’s sadly not a shade of the old premises. Food lacked the finesse, originality and invention. Whoever is in the kitchens is not a shadow of the old team. It feels like Anthony Demetre taken the Sofitel cheque and doesn’t really care. The place was empty..the old venue was always full. Don’t kid yourself, the clientele know. It’s off my list. Not recommended. Such a shame.

Fraser M

24 August 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 3
Atmosphere 1
Value 2
Such a shame

We used to love the old venue.   It was intimate and the staff were professional and frendly.   The new location is too big and attached to a hotel and the atmosphere is zero.    The food is still of good quality but you still feel like you are just sitting in a regular hotel resurant which is a shame.

Kbok

28 July 2019  
Wild honey

sorry but the new restaurant does not compare to old wouldn’t go again 

 

 

Andy R

26 July 2019  
Just emerging in its new location, Delmetre's food is very good and given it's location, reasonable. Staff trying hard.
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