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This Mayfair stalwart reopened in November 2017 after a major refurbishment of its dining room and kitchen, with a new chef as well as a new look. The Square was purchased by the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation in March 2016 from Philip Howard, who ran operations for almost 20 years.

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Summary

This “classy” gastronomic temple in Mayfair was sold by its creators Phil Howard and Nigel Platts-Martin in Spring 2016 (just before this year’s survey). With its “very formal” (“dull”), style – underpinned by a “bible of a wine list” – it’s a shoe-in for the portfolio of new owner, Marlon Abela, who seems sure to maintain its business-friendly appeal. Whether the cuisine will hold up is less certain – hence we’ve left it un-rated – but one early report says it’s “still Fabulous with a capital F”. STOP PRESS – in September 2016 Yu Sugimoto was named the new executive chef.

£130
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

With its “polished” style, “well-spaced tables” and “one of the Capital’s finest wine lists”, this Mayfair luminary would be a natural for besuited expense-accounters even without Phil Howard’s “complex and highly innovative” cuisine; however, critics of its slightly “sterile” setting and “exorbitant” prices were again more vocal this year.

£126
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Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Discreet, quiet and well-spaced”, this Mayfair landmark has long been a top expense-account choice, thanks to Phil Howard’s “brilliantly focussed” cuisine, and the “phenomenal” wine list; the experience can seem “a bit soulless”, though, and it is of course “astronomically expensive”.

£113
Very Good
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Phil Howard’s “consistently assured” cuisine “surprises even the most jaded palette”, and the appeal of his “calm” Mayfair HQ for some “serious dining” – especially for expense accounters – is completed by a wine list “to drain a sovereign wealth fund”; fans insist the suit-heavy ambience is “getting more lively” too.

£104
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Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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10.15 pm, Fri & Sat 10.45 pm
6-10 Bruton St, London, W1J 6PU
Opening hours

closed Sun
Last orders: 10.15 pm, Fri & Sat 10.45 pm

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