Wild Honey St James

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British, French, Modern European

Wild Honey St James
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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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British, French, Modern European
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Unique
Other Awards
SquareMeal Gold List
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Dates, Special occasions

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Location for Wild Honey St James

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

020 7968 2900

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Opening Times

Breakfast
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
Lunch
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
Afternoon
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
Dinner
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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27 Reviews 
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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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Kbok

Wild honey
28 July 2019  

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

 

 

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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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Mr. 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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Sue H

Wild Honey London W1
17 July 2013  
A good set lunch price for the standard of cuisine but really rather restricted in choice if there are things you do not eat/like. Generally though a good venue and service so well worth a visit, I had an enjoyable lunch.
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Ken S

Well Done
22 February 2013  
Attentive and warm reception, good service and a manageable well delivered menu. Will be back…
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Ms/Mrs. Krystle L

12 November 2012  
I think that Wild Honey is a lovely place for a meal. The ambience was great. Maybe a little dark but it was romantic, rustic and cosy – a perfect place on a cold autumn night. I think it’s a good place to have a secret rendezvous as well, seeing as how the couple at the next table were having a their getting-to-know-each-other date. Perhaps the tables were too close together because I found myself eavesdropping and listening to their conversation. I enjoyed all 3 dishes that I ordered and I think I would return to Wild Honey again some time in the future for a casual date night with my significant other…
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Mr. Alex G

05 October 2012  
I am full of praise for Wild Honey and it only seems to get better. This was the first time I had been there since the minor refurbishments the restaurant undertook earlier this year and yet the atmosphere remains unchanged. One feels automatically enveloped in comfort, with the warm wooden walls, generous seats, well-spaced tables and a large mirror at the back (below which we were seated) creating an effect of wonderful spaciousness. The staff all had absolutely the right attitude, friendly and engaging yet discreet too. And, the food is superb: think of timeless classics with a twist of contemporary innovation. Although perhaps a bold combination, my soup comprising soft poached ‘Burford Brown’ egg, pink grapefruit, buckwheat and potato worked amazingly well with the acidity of the grapefruit acting as a perfect and refreshing foil to the more starchy potato. The overall effect was one of lightness, leaving me anticipating the main. The choice of veal was much more traditional, but also executed to perfection with the mash in particular acting as a good match. My dining comrades were similarly impressed with their options and a two-course lunch menu of this quality for £23 (or £26 should pudding be added) constiutes phenomenal value. The wine list also deserves mention and it is rare to see in a restaurant of this quality wines priced from sub-£20 a bottle. Our tempranillo ar £18.50 was more than adequate for the occasion, making the whole event not only enjoyable, but also very reasonably priced. The chocolates that accompanied our coffee rounded the event off perfectly.
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Ms/Mrs. Lynn W

22 August 2012  
The Olympics were on, central London was empty, and on a warm summer evening we went to Wild Honey with friends. Such a treat, the food delicious and service charming. The menu had plenty of interesting dishes to choose from, and I started with salad of fresh goats’ curd, peas and potatoes – summer on a plate! The luscious puréed peas, minted potatoes and soft clouds of goats curds so good I was sorry I'd never had this before. Rabbit to follow was rich and tasty with a well flavoured stuffing. Dessert of wild honey ice cream with crushed honeycomb such a good combination, the ice cream really gorgeous with a proper hit of honey partnered with crunchy sweet pieces. All totally fab. The room is all wood panelled and not an obvious choice for a long light evening, but we all had such a good time with great food and good company, and relaxed service.
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