Wild Honey St James

British, French, Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Wild Honey St James

Silver Award

Wild Honey and Arbutus were two of the landmark restaurants of the late noughties and their chef-patron Anthony Demetre one of the most consistently inventive British chefs of the past 20 years. The closure of both restaurants was a sad loss for London dining but the spirit of Wild Honey has been re-incarnated at the Sofitel St James.

There’s no escaping the hotel feel of what was formerly the Balcon restaurant, a large space split between a toffee leather and blue-grey velvet-furnished dining room and a bar for cocktails and charcuterie. Sofitel’s French ownership, meanwhile, lends a literal Gallic accent to proceedings, with staff who wish you a cheery ‘bonsoir!’. It also imbues a slightly surreal feel to a scene that couldn’t be any more English, with red London buses puttering past the creamy Regency architecture outside.

Demetre’s cooking, however, remains as distinctive as ever. Is there any other chef who can elevate pistou soup - basically vegetable broth - into something that tastes like a rite of spring? Excellent sourcing, meanwhile, includes a plate of salt-scattered and sun-kissed Sardinian tomatoes that taste purely, absolutely of tomato.

Elsewhere, a fat curl of octopus tentacle has its assertively maritime flavour amplified by smoked cod’s roe. Welsh lamb gets a perfect partner with sweetbreads (speared by edible skewers) while cacio e pepe macaroni with chicken wings delivers on the promised comfort of bronzed chook and creamy cheese. Desserts are as tempting as can be, thanks to the likes of warm chocolate soup with toasted rice ice cream, and roasted black Provencal figs served with mascarpone sorbet.

With Imperial Treasure next door, Milos over the road and rumours of a big-name American chef opening in the old Villandry site opposite, this once forgotten corner of St James’s is gradually evolving into a restaurant destination of impressive sophistication. Wild Honey might have lost the cosy charm of its Mayfair premises but its cooking still hits the sweet spot.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, French, Modern European
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Unique
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

About Wild Honey St James

Wild Honey St James is one of the latest ventures by chef Antony Demetre. This cute corner site is an impressive setting that includes a striking dining room that has been designed by interior specialist Jim Hamilton.

The Wild Honey St James menu uses a combination of classic French techniques using the finest British seasonal produce. 

Leading the team is Anthony Demetre - who works alongside Head Chef Simon Woodrow. Anthony began his career at Lucknam Park in Wiltshire, followed by The Castle in Taunton before heading the Mayfair, working at The Greenhouse followed by a move to The Four Seasons Mayfair. In 1999, Anthony was appointed Chef/Director of Putney Bridge restaurant and awarded a Michelin star. In 2006 he realised his passion of running his own restaurant and began with launching Soho eatery Arbutus. Head Chef Simon Woodrow has worked closely with Anthony to create the Wild Honey St James menu, keeping a clear focus on the French-based contemporary style using British seasonal produce that the restaurant is so well known for.

The restaurant is open daily serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Those looking for an enhanced dining experience can pick from the à la carte menu, or for a more casual affair, there is a cafe menu and an early supper menu.


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Location for Wild Honey St James

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

020 7968 2900


Opening Times

Mon 06:30-10:30
Tue 06:30-10:30
Wed 06:30-10:30
Thu 06:30-10:30
Fri 06:30-10:30
Sat 07:00-11:00
Sun 07:00-11:00
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:30-14:30
Sun 12:30-14:30
Mon 14:30-16:30
Tue 14:30-16:30
Wed 14:30-16:30
Thu 14:30-16:30
Fri 14:30-16:30
Sat 14:30-16:30
Sun 12:30-17:00
Mon 17:00-22:30
Tue 17:00-22:30
Wed 17:00-22:30
Thu 17:00-22:30
Fri 17:00-22:30
Sat 17:00-22:30
Sun 17:00-21:30

Reviews of Wild Honey St James

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32 Reviews 


a shadow of its original self
28 January 2020  

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.

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Fraser M

Such a shame
24 August 2019   - Verified Diner

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.

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Wild honey
28 July 2019  

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.

Pat S

26 July 2019  
Excellent food, service and location.

Amanda N

08 July 2019  
I've only been here twice and have to admit to it being about 10 years apart. I had fond memories of the first time and the second reinforced it as somewhere not easily forgotten. The food was fabulous - tasty, presented beautifully and the whole experience was just spot on. It's not cheap, but worth every penny!

Alasdair S

05 April 2019  
Continues to deliver year on year.

Wendy M

23 August 2014  
I'd go along with Square Meal overview having had 3 good meals with decent wine. Delicate turbot was wonderful and soft veal noteworthy too. Food prepared with care and beautifully presented, served by friendly people, together with a changing menu makes it a good repeat venue for us.
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Kim T

09 April 2014  
First visit to this restaurant and first impressions were great. Service was quick, food was excellent and had the set menu. Great venue for a quick business / social lunch as having the set menu we were informed we would be served quickly and the staff were true to their word. Would definitely visit again.
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Valero D

Business focused
17 October 2013  
The food is decent but expensive. I asked for a nice table as it was my girlfriend's birthday and they placed us right in the middle of the restaurant. We were literraly separated 2 inches from the nearby tables. When I told the waiter, they basically ignored us. Service is really bad. It is a nice restaurant for business meetings but I would never go there for a social ocassion.
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