March 2017: Husband and wife duo Mark and Shauna Froydenlund have been appointed joint chef patrons; the couple have worked with Marcus Wareing for over 10 years.
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Marcus Wareing’s “spacious” and “peaceful” Belgravia chamber is “the epitome of what a special restaurant should be” for its very many admirers, not least when it comes to the “incredible” cooking with “maximum flavours to the fore”, be it from the à la carte, or 5- and 8-course tasting options. However, its ratings are dragged down by a vociferous minority who diss the “disengaged” service and an experience where “everything is fine but nothing is great”: is that second Michelin star just boosting expectations too high?
Reports of “stunning” cuisine, and heightened approval for the “elegant”, revamped interior helped restore ratings this year for Marcus Wareing’s famous Knightsbridge flagship. Not all is rosy though – the approach can still feel “over-formal”, service in particular can “fall way short of expectations”, and many of the worst reviews are from long-term fans who feel by comparison with its glory years, the cooking is “vastly expensive” and “not worth the bother”: “Marcus, you can do better than this!”
Since its March 2014 refit, Marcus Wareing’s celebrated Knightsbridge chamber has lost its momentum. Fans do still extol a “completely fabulous” experience with “cracking” cuisine, but even they often note how “expensive” it is. And there are now far too many critics – citing a “pompous” approach and cooking “lacking wow factor” – who say its prices are plain “outrageous”.
“Marcus Wareing seems to have taken his eye off the ball”; an allegedly informalising refurbishment (plus snappier name) has somehow succeeded in making his Knightsbridge dining room even stuffier than before, and its “good, not amazing” cuisine is struggling to justify prices some reporters find “ridiculous”.
CONTEMPORARY BRITISH FOOD TO EVOKE AND CREATE MEMORIES
One of London's most acclaimed restaurants, Marcus combines two Michelin starred cooking with a relaxed, contemporary space.
Dining options include a la carte, classic and seasonal tasting menus, a spectacular Chef's Table for up to 10 guests and The Salon, a private dining room for groups of up to 16.
In March 2017, Marcus Wareing appointed husband and wife, Mark and Shauna Froydenlund, as Chef Patrons of Marcus.
Mark and Shauna have worked for Marcus Wareing Restaurants for over ten years and have been instrumental to its growth and ongoing success. Having both started with Marcus at what was then Pétrus, they have been part of the team which saw the restaurant at The Berkeley Hotel go through two large scale changes, adding resolute support and valuable assistance at each turn. The first being the change from Pétrus to Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley in 2008, followed by the 2014 renovation where the restaurant was relaunched and renamed simply as ‘Marcus’.
Front row seats at the best food theatre in London.
An immersive, memorable dining experience in a private entertaining space overlooking the restaurant's two Michelin starred kitchen. The focussed intensity of the kitchen creates a fantastic atmosphere, as dishes are created and presented in front of your party.
5 or 8 course lunch menu, and 8 course dinner menu available.
Seats up to 10.
Private Dining Room
One of London's most elegant private dining room, The Salon, has soft daylight from floor-to-floor ceiling windows and is separated from the dining room with raised flooring and doors which can be closed or left open depending on the occassion.
A range of seasonal menus are available, including 3-course set or choice menus, a 4-course choice menu, and 5 or 8-course taste menus. Our team can also create a bespoke menu tailored to your preferences.
Seats up to 16.
Our Head Sommelier can create wine pairings for your meal, either working to a budget or through a recommended selection for both private dining areas.
For the most exclusive experience, hire the restaurant.
Our team can create bespoke experiences, from food and drink, to an appearance from Marcus Wareing, floristry and AV.
Seats up to 80.
Marcus, The Berkeley Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Very disappointing. Food & plates cold for both starters & mains. Errors also made on the main course & wine-they had to redo the mains for the entire table, all was resolved but thatâ€™s not the point. We wouldnâ€™t give it 2 stars."
"Amazing food , fantastic wine & excellent service I could probably stop there but I won't because this was truly a delightful dining experience. Have long been a fan of Marcus Wareing and seeing him on the TV enhanced our decision to visit his restaurant. The restaurant itself is set in a fantastic location that is the Berkeley Hotel so you get warm & very friendly greeting on arrival you are then escorted through to the restaurant which at first glimpse is stunning and as you looked around all the tables were nicely situated. We were sat in this delightful little booth that form the outer part of the restaurant. You are then greeted by the head of Front of House and his manner really does set the tone for all members of staff who were all warm , friendly & very professional providing excellent service throughout the evening. Well I better move onto the food which was as fantastic as I thought it would be a truly outstanding 8 Course Tasting Menu that started with a stunning Mackerel dish and definitely the best I've ever tasted to be followed by the Orkney Scallop with a Roast Beef dressing. The next course was also amazing Sharpe's Express 1900 potatoes with girolles , Tunworth Cheese & Truffle just magical our next course was a fabulous Octopus served with a Beef Tea to be followed by the Short Rib with Vindaloo Spices. So now we reach the Main Course and yes it was the highlight Herdwick Lamb , hispi cabbage & mustard simply stunning. Now on to desserts which started with a light Smoked Milk & Mandarin to be followed by a absolutely exquisite Toffee , Peanut , Milk Chocolate & Nougat literally heaven on a plate . A word now for the Sommelier who was very charming and certainly produced some amazing wine that matched each course perfectly and with a fantastic brandy to finish . This ended a stunning & memorable evening to which I will definitely look forward to experiencing again"
"A repeat visit after some years. Still a quiet club type atmosphere with discrete and attentive service from long standing staff. The lunch menu was more expensive than before and portions are not large but of good quality. Our partridge starter was superb as was the seared rabbit and the venison main courses. The deserts were less spectacular with an OK chocolate mouse and a dry if tasty almond cake. Asked how we liked it, We told them it needed ice cream and immediately were presented with another desert and then 4 different ice creams....helped! There are 2 little dishes at the outset but none at the end. Wine is very pricey - a glass of house red starts at £12.50 and so on. Overall we enjoyed the meal as some of the courses are subtle and clever and original. However for an offer at lunch there is better value elsewhere at this level of cooking."
"Expensive especially with the wine pairing, but overall quality of the food was very high. Would have preferred to have had the choice of a la carte as well as tasting menu on a Saturday evening"
"Subtle and inventive cooking combined with interesting wines sold by the glass made for a highly enjoyable lunch"