Harden's survey result
For 25 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. This year diners have submitted over 60,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK.
“London’s most beautiful dining room” (decorated in the style of Louis XVI) “never fails to work its magic” (and you can also “eat out on the terrace overlooking Green Park for a lovely treat”). Historically the “exemplary” service has tended to outshine the “traditional” British cuisine here, but most reports this year found it “exceptionally good in every way”. Top Tip – “the dinner-dance on Friday and Saturday is a top experience”.
“The loveliest dining room in London” – this “wonderfully romantic” Louis XVI-style chamber is “a proper, old-school, fine-dining experience”; it’s not a reliable one, however, given food that can be “poor”, and even ardent fans can find the bill “shocking”.
“Totally overwhelming” in its “magical” Louis XVI style, this chamber overlooking Green Park is often acclaimed as “the most elegant dining room in England”; “it doesn’t always get the best food crits” but many “marvellous” meals were reported this year… as you’d hope, given the “daunting” prices.
“Unbeatable for sheer romance”, “London’s most beautiful dining room”, in Louis XVI style, also “wows” some reporters with its food and service; as ever, though, critics find the cooking “competent, rather than memorable”.
The Michelin starred Ritz Restaurant, if often described as one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world. The soaring floor to ceiling windows, towering marble columns and dazzling garlands of chandeliers reflected in the wall of panelled mirrors, create one of the most spectacular interiors, as charming by day as by night.
Executive Chef, John Williams MBE creates menus featuring great classic dishes alongside British specialities, precisely executed and impeccably presented, using the very best quality British produce in season. The award-winning team of sommeliers can select the perfect wines to accompany each meal. The Restaurant team deliver The Ritz hallmark of excellence to every guest with an impeccable personalised service.
The Ritz Restaurant is one of the few venues in the city to offer a classic combination of fine dining and live entertainment. Every Friday and Saturday evening, guests can enjoy a spectacular four-course dinner with dancing to the sounds of a live band with fabulous dancers performing the Tango, Rumba and Salsa.
This night is guaranteed to get everyone up on the dance floor.
John Williams MBE joined The Ritz as Executive Chef in 2004, bringing three decades of hospitality experience to the kitchen team. In his capacity as Executive Chef, he oversees a kitchen brigade of over 60 chefs and is responsible for the menus in The Ritz Restaurant, The Palm Court, The Rivoli Bar, Room Service and the banqueting and private dining rooms.
With his menus, John Williams MBE continues to build on the principles and beliefs of Auguste Escoffier, drawing inspiration from classic dishes and making them relevant to today’s diner using the very best quality British produce in season.
John Williams developed his passion for food at an early age. Taught by his mother to cook, his culinary interests began with cookery classes at school and continued as he studied at South Shields College and later at Westminster College. John’s glittering career, began with his first position as a Commis Chef at the Percy Arms Hotel Otterburn in 1974 and includes an impressive 18-year tenure with the Savoy Group.
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The Ritz Restaurant Diner Reviews
"This is the place for that special dining experience. It never fails to please on all counts. The latest incarnation of the dinner dance is also excellent."
"The room, the showmanship, the attentive service and now the food has stepped up a notch as well. A wonderful place for a celebratory experience."
"My wife and I enjoyed a very leisurely lunch here with well prepared food and an excellent choice of wines by the glass. This includes fines wines, which are not cheap but are preserved in oxygen free bottles. Service was excellent; attentive and friendly, without being too intrusive. The setting is quite formal as is the dress code, including jacket and tie for men, which does feel a little old fashioned these days. A very enjoyable occasion though"