"It's always lovely if you're lucky enough to get a window table, but we didn't last time we visited, so clearly they show no favouritism for familiar faces/names! So, we opted to sit outside on the terrace, and kept our coats on. The sun was shining, the food was superb and the atmosphere was jolly and light. This place is definitely more than just a great river view."
"It's like to meeting again a friend from the distant past and discovering that there is still something special in it. Excellent stuffed eggs and delicious stuffed cabbage most enjoyable with potato vodka, and without having to travel to Poland!"
"An interesting place, good value but nothing special."
"Not good, not bad, just fair."
"Great Sunday lunch deal - 50% off. Dim sum and main dishes didn't disappoint, much better than the average but no real fireworks. Service friendly but a little slow. Very pretty room."
"Food was very bland, typical or a tourist spot which isn't banking on returning customers. Service was slow and some of the crockery was dirty. We were sat next to a service area so had waiters sorting cutlery and spraying trays right over our food. Decor is 1930s but shabby, a very poor version of the Wolseley's design. Not recommended!"
"If it was in London the Caprice group would be snapping it up."
"A scallop starter and a substantial Creole side salad went down a treat, making a complete meal. My partner thought his fish and chips were possibly the best ever."
"Food great - but either that wallpaper goes or I do, as a great man sort of said"
"I have not been for several years. The Royal Oak in Bovingdon remains a solid choice. A pleasant atmosphere with attentive, friendly albeit young and possibly less experienced staff. A robust but not brilliant main (Duck) though the dauphinois with potato was excellent. The lemon meringue tasty but somewhat too sweet and sugary for my liking. All very well presented in a cosy atmosphere."
Lobster & Divine White Chocolate Dish @ Bohemia
Forgo the usual chocolate puddings, tarts, and mousse in favour of an altogether more exciting flavour combination. Bohemia's Steve Smith has created a white chocolate and lobster starter, made with butter poached lobster, cauliflower and Divine white chocolate, with sorrel and caviar. It will be a special starter on the restaurant’s Classic Menu, £59 for a three courses.
Head to this Mayfair newcomer (specialising in posh burgers and truffle infused dishes) to try the Chocolate Fondant Burger. It consists of a chocolate patty, sandwiched between two almond macaroons, adorned with sunflower seeds for that perfected burger bun effect.
Usually this single concept, Soho spot serves up savoury cheesy snacks, but for National Chocolate Week they've got a sweet melt on the menu. The sandwich is a combination of hazelnut, chocolate and cream, spread between two slices of Milk Bread, toasted.
Available until 15 November
To celebrate all things chocolate, the Bulgari hotel will launch a Chocolate Afternoon Tea and a Healthy Chocolate Cake, both crafted by pastry chef Alexandre Talpaert, protégé of French über-chef Alain Ducasse. The afternoon tea comprises Gallic delicacies, tarts, madeleines, macarons, and chocolate-chip scones, as well as the Bulgari's selection of tea infusions. For those not wishing to indulge too much there's the gluten, nut, dairy and refined sugar–free Cocoa, ginger and yuzu cake. They use the term 'cake' loosely here clearly! Available for £8 at the hotel pastry counter.
Perhaps eating chocolate just isn't enough for some? Well, at The Courthouse hotel's Sanook Spa you can cover yourself in the stuff, if you so choose. The Soho hotel is offering an ultimate indulgence package which includes a 90-minute chocolate facial. Apparently it's very 'coco-therapeutic' (whatever that means!).
Lifestyle brand Oblique has partnered with Fair Spirits and Divine Chocolate on a series of drinks for National Chocolate Week via a mouthwatering combination of delicious, ethical products. Available at bars across London (Plato, Pearson Room, South Place Hotel and London Capital Club) the cocktails (or choctails if you will) will pair rum with a cocoa kick.
The Chocolate Show
If you're planning to attend the Chocolate Show (16-18 October) at Kensington's Olympia Hall then you won't want to miss...
Cocoa Runners, purveyors of the craft chocolate from around the world, will host the craft chocolate 'bean to bar' area at this year’s Chocolate Show, the grand finale drawing Chocolate Week to a close. Sample the wares of producers like Forever Cacao, bringing raw and organic chocolate sourced from Peru; spiced chocolate and Madagascan cocao from Åkesson's; small-batch maker Omnom from Iceland; and Original Beans, with its commitment to sustaining the rainforest. Also attending will be Menakao, one of the few producers making its chocolate entirely at source in Madagascar; Duffy’s, taking a scientific approach to crafting chocolate in the UK, and the creator of Vietnam’s first artisan bean to bar, Marou.
Visitors to the salon will have the opportunity to meet the makers, taste samples and attend craft chocolate lectures held over the three days. Cocoa Runners will also take the opportunity to launch the Craft Chocolate Council – which will include only those producers who meet the highest ethical criteria. The salon will also see the first of Cocoa Runners’ own Craft Chocolate Collection, featuring stem ginger, crunchy cacoa nibs, coffee beans and whole hazelnuts coated in chocolate and presented in a box.
- Nearby Offers
- Similar Restaurants