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Plusses and minuses for the Galvin Bros new more “casual” and “café-style” regime at this hitherto rather overlooked dining room (whose 2016 relaunch is part of a programme to boost the profile of this Art Deco hotel, facing Green Park). To its credit, it does inspire much more feedback nowadays, with praise for its “friendly staff and bistro cooking”. On the downside though, “much of its previously characterful atmosphere was lost in the massive refurb” leaving the space feeling “humdrum and hotel-y”. Top Tip – “fab value lunchtime menu”.
In July 2016 (post-survey) the Galvin brothers annexed this gracious but perennially overlooked dining room in an Art Deco hotel, facing Green Park. This is their first venture to put the emphasis more on British rather than French cuisine (and will continue to offer afternoon tea – previously one of the greater attractions here).
“It aspires to no great heights”, but this “pleasant” and well-located dining room (facing Green Park) wins consistent praise for its “lovely afternoon teas” (“the sandwiches kept coming…”) and “good value set lunches”.
“Very good quality, for a hotel restaurant” – this handily-sited dining room (’twixt Hyde Park Corner and The Ritz) is especially worth knowing about for the “great-value set lunch”; “great afternoon teas” too.
Galvin at The Athenaeum is the latest restaurant from Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. For the first time the brothers have stepped away from their trademark French-inspired menus in favour of championing Britain’s delicious homegrown produce and supporting independent farmers across the UK. An exciting array of new menus include Afternoon Tea and Private Dining, and feature a modern take on classic British dishes combined with Galvin favourites.
Galvin at the Athenaeum Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Very enjoyable lunch, and very reasonable value. An improvement on the older Athenaeum restaurant."
"Decent food. Service stilted and nervous. Its a hotel on Piccadilly - the atmosphere is what one would expect."