Closed in January 2020 after 95 years, Pompadour is being given a new lease of life, at the hands of Dean Banks, MasterChef: The Professionals finalist and most recently chef at Haar.
Harden's survey result
“The ambience is one to savour for a special occasion” at this pretty and romantic chamber: long one of the city’s landmark dining rooms. Just as our survey was underway, in spring 2019, the Galvin brothers severed their ties with it, but chef Dan Ashmore remains at the stoves, so we’ve maintained its high ratings on our bet that this will be a case of ‘plus ça change’. Choose between a three-course à la carte selection for £55, or a seven-course mystery tasting menu at £70.
The fame of this elegant chamber has never seemingly been matched by a huge fan club, and after six years of the Galvin Bros’ tenancy, survey feedback on it remains surprisingly limited. Is it because “the menu shows considerable innovation but may be too fancy for the local market”? The overall verdict though remains: “expensive but well worth a visit”.
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