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lanesborough grill restaurant review london hotelThe dining room at The Lanesborough Grill is a real showstopper

What do we need to know about The Lanesborough Grill?

This is the new restaurant at The Lanesborough Hotel. Last summer, chef Shay Cooper (ex-Julie’s and The Goring) came to the hotel as Executive Chef. Since then, he has been working on plans to give the hotel’s restaurant (where Celeste once was) a complete overhaul. And now they are ready to showcase that work, as the restaurant has just reopened as “modern British restaurant” The Lanesborough Grill.

Where exactly is it?

You’ll find The Lanesborough on the west side of Hyde Park Corner, practically at the top of Hyde Park Corner station (take the handwritten exit and point to “Harrods” and it will send you the right way). The restaurant is located along the main lobby of the hotel and out to the right, and it is a beautiful room with a huge domed glass roof that makes it a great place for either lunch or dinner.

Right now, they also run a thriving business in Bridgerton afternoon tea as the official partner of the Netflix series.

Where should we have a drink first?

Be sure to visit the library bar here at the hotel. We had never been to a drink before and were amazed at how wonderful this was – it is one of the timeless, comfortable drinking places in the hotel. If you are looking for a bit of privacy, opt for the ‘love nest’ table, which is tucked away from the main section of the bar and is perfect for two.

lanesborough grill restaurant review london hotelA flowery glimpse in the library bar

If it’s a ‘grill’, are we talking so much meat?

Not really – it’s just a grill restaurant in the title, think of it more as a description of it as a classic style hotel restaurant. For the menu, Shay says the aim is to “showcase a seasonal modern British a la carte menu that fights for regional artisans and the very best of seasonal produce from across the country”.

In practice, this means a menu that is going to change regularly – especially at this time of year. Here’s a selection of what we had to give you a taste:

lanesborough grill restaurant review london hotelCoronation crab salad, curry and lime sabayon (£ 19) – an absolutely fantastic dish, with the light curry spice perfectly set up against the crab.

lanesborough grill restaurant review london hotelButtermilk fried quails with mushrooms, spring onions and chicken vinaigrette (£ 18) – perfectly crispy boned quails, a very classy offer at KFC.

lanesborough grill restaurant review london hotelHereford beef tartare, crispy hop shoots, spiced egg yolk, truffle and sherry dressing (£ 21) – you have to take our word for it that there is a depth of lovely beef beneath all the greenery. We especially liked the crispy hop shoots.

lanesborough grill restaurant review london hotelWild garlic risotto, Brightwell Ash, puffed cereals, broad beans, sautéed morels (£ 32) – a dish of seasonal color and flavor, and the puffed cereals added a nice touch of texture.

lanesborough grill restaurant review london hotelCotswold white chicken breast, black garlic filling, cauliflower cheese puree with fried chicken velouté (£ 35)

Room for dessert?

There are five options on the dessert menu, not including the cheese option that comes to you on a trolley moaning with British cheeses to choose from.

lanesborough grill restaurant review london hotelRose blend tea ice cream sandwich, rhubarb sorbet (£ 13) – the pinkest dessert we’ve had in a while, the ice cream is squeezed between layers of meringue with the forced rhubarb sorbet that prevents it all from getting too insanely sweet.

lanesborough grill restaurant review london hotelCaramelized brioche pudding, roasted orange puree, jam ice cream (£ 13) – a crispy brioche that is actually a surprisingly easy way to finish.

And to drink?

Adam Ramic is the head sommelier here and if you want to hand yourself over to him for recommendations, you’ll be glad you did. The indomitable Ramic led us down a predominantly English wine trail, including an introduction to a true showstopper from Chapel Down’s premium series Kit’s Coty, their 2018 Chardonnay. You can also end your meal, as we did, with a Scotch whiskey flight.

Overall thoughts:

The restaurant here has always been one of London’s most beautiful dining rooms, now it feels like with Shay at the helm, it now has a menu that matches the surroundings. It would be a particularly good place to take relatives or visitors from out of town looking for a special place for lunch or dinner.

More about The Lanesborough Grill

Where is it? Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA

How to order: call 020 7259 5599

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @thelanesboroughgrill

Hot Dinners ate as guests at The Lanesborough. Prices are correct at the time of publication.

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