Harden's survey result
“High-quality manfood” (steaks, burgers and other ‘proper’ main dishes) and a “clubby atmosphere” of whisky, cigars (on a dedicated terrace) and live jazz are the key ingredients at Ranald MacDonald’s Scottish-themed Belgravia haunt, which has offshoots in Mayfair, the City and Canary Wharf. It’s “not for everyone” – one nay-sayer complained of “worse than pub food” – but for a certain sort of bloke it’s “the perfect place – he’ll leave happy, content and very satisfied”.
With its “plush Jockinese decor” and “traditional, meaty Scottish fare” – Ranald Macdonald’s long-established Belgravia haunt has become synonymous in some quarters with a very masculine style of dining, buoyed by fine wines and whiskies, plus a cigar terrace and “good jazz”. This wasn’t a vintage year for its ratings, however – “staff are friendly but can struggle to handle a packed house” and the experience can seem “expensive if you’re not booked on a deal”.
With its “plush jockinese decor and fabulous bar”, Ranald Macdonald’s “always fun” and “very clubbable” Belgravian provides “an excellent all-round experience”, bolstered by its “great selection of wines and spirits”, regular jazz, and cigar terrace. The “traditional, meaty Scottish fare” is “pricey” but consistently well rated.
Ranald Macdonald’s “civilised and fun” Belgravia bastion – if you like all things hearty and male – is known for its meaty Scottish fare (“splendid grouse” and other game in season), marvellous wines and whiskies, “excellent cigar terrace”, and live jazz. Even those who feel prices are excessive, or have encountered “poor service”, say they use “superb quality meat” and admit that results are “pretty good”.
Adjoining the restaurant is the Courtyard Garden with a retractable roof for alfresco dining in summer and the Back Bar serving a good selection of draft ales. The Cigar Terrace is completely covered and on the first floor roof with sofas, armchairs, and cushions as well as overhead heaters and tartan rugs for the winter. The Jacobite Room is a richly paneled room ideal for private lunches and dinners with a plasma screen and conference call facilities. A selection of menus to suit every budget in on offer and we can organize anything from live music and flowers to speakers and entertainers.
*If not specified, all bookings are made for the Macdonal restaurant
|Wine per bottle||£24.50|
The Jacobite Room, located on the first floor is an elegant room with a distinctive design of deep reds and greens and rich mahogany panelling, embellished with a dash of Macdonald tartan. It offers complete privacy and is ideal for hosting birthdays, anniversaries and parties for up to 22.
The Back Bar, located on the ground floor in the mews cottage behind the restaurant and overlooking the Courtyard Garden, is an informal room reminiscent of a traditional country pub. It is a cosy and welcoming refuge from the bustle of Belgravia. The room can hold a maximum of 26 guests for a sit down dinner or 40 for a drinks reception and can be hired for private functions on Mondays and Tuesdays subject to availability.
The Courtyard Garden is planted with scented blooms all year round and offers a perfect location for alfresco dining in the summer as it has a retractable roof and, being centrally heated, for candlelit dinners in winter. The Courtyard Garden offers a degree of privacy without being cut off from the atmosphere of the main restaurant. It can sit a maximum of 20 guests.
The Auld Restaurant is an elegant and spacious dining room adorned with oil paintings and family heirlooms available for sit down dinners for up to 34. This room has its own bar and therefore it is suitable for champagne and cocktail receptions for up to 40
Boisdale of Belgravia Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Restaurant channelling Brigadoon. Food acceptable, wine list barely so. Service and atmosphere excellent."
"high quality manfood, service a little snooty and needed reminding about our 50% off a la carte deal, clubby atmosphere not for everyone"
15 Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LX
|Monday||12 pm‑3 pm, 2 pm‑1 am|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 2 pm‑1 am|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 2 pm‑1 am|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 2 pm‑1 am|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 2 pm‑1 am|
|Saturday||6 pm‑1 am|