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This hotel dining room, tucked away in Westminster, is still readjusting to Adam Handling’s departure in May 2016 and reports tend to include highs and lows. It’s a characterful space however, that’s worth remembering.
Adam Handling’s brief stint in the “glorious” dining room of this tucked-away Westminster Hotel has at least put it back on London’s culinary map – after his May 2016 departure, whether it stays remains to be seen…
Is it “a bad case of MasterChef-itis”? – some “tortured” or “pretentious” dishes disappoint quite a few reporters at Adam Handling’s “very hotel-like” dining room, tucked away in Westminster. A majority, though, say his ambitious cuisine can be “really outstanding”, service is “eager” and – in this thin area – it’s still “a good addition”.
Caxton Grill offers guests a selection of delicious classic dishes, alongside premium steaks.
Caxton Grill sources top quality, seasonal ingredients and puts them centre stage on its modern European menu. The Grill’s dedication to sustainability and sourcing local ingredients has recently increased, as the chef can now simply step out of the kitchen and visit the new rooftop kitchen garden for culinary inspiration. This culinary oasis is home to tomatoes, squash, pumpkin, spring onions, French beans, potatoes, olives, clementines, apples, plums, raspberries, blackberries and a wide range of herbs. This delicious produce alongside the honey made by its own rooftop bees is obviously put to good use in The Grill’s kitchen.
The restaurant with 72 covers and a private dining room overlooks the hotel’s lush courtyard; it serves lunch and dinner with impeccable service within warm surroundings, creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Alexander Boyd has an undeniable culinary talent, flair and a wealth of expertise. Using the finest, carefully sourced and local ingredients – Alexander is committed to creating innovative menus throughout the hotel, whilst bringing an additional touch of elegance to Caxton Grill.
Having regularly served a plethora of high profile clients as former Executive Head Chef at The Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London – including the British Royal Family, Alexander’s attention to detail is unsurpassed. His menus seamlessly combine elements of fine dining, with modern culinary techniques and classic flavour combinations.
Starting his training at the age of 16, Alexander gained invaluable experience at the likes of Scotts Restaurant, Mayfair; La Tante Claire – a two Michelin star restaurant; the Montcalm Hotel, where he progressed from Chef de Partie to Senior Sous Chef in just three months and the Bluebird Restaurant, Chelsea. The dedicated young chef then launched the V Restaurant & Bar in Hong Kong, where he spent three years learning new skills and experimenting with a variety of local ingredients. Alexander then returned to London to join L’Atelier de Joël Rouchon, another two Michelin starred restaurant, before his appointment as Head of Catering at the Lawn Tennis Association. Here, he spent six years catering for the crème de la crème of tennis society at the National Tennis Centre as well as numerous high profile international events – building an outstanding reputation for both himself and the Association, before leaving to join Mansion House.
Well respected within the industry, Alexander has acted as a mentor to many of his former staff, sharing his faultless, innovative techniques and his passion for working with quality local suppliers to source the freshest seasonal produce. Putting this into practice, Alexander has already begun to utilise the St. Ermin’s Hotel’s own honey, produced by its 350,000 Buckfast honey bees and its thriving Roof Kitchen Garden – incorporating the home grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs into his inspired new afternoon tea and Caxton menus.
Caxton Grill boasts an intimate private dining room that seats up to 10 people, giving guests the chance to design their own special event or business lunch. Working alongside the restaurant’s head chef, a personalised menu, based on the Caxton's seasonal modern European food, would form the centrepiece of an unforgettable meal.
For major sporting events, the private dining room can be equipped with a flat-screen television. A comprehensive audiovisual package is also available for business presentations.
To find out more about the Caxton's private dining room, please contact Gemma Wren on 0207 227 7773 or email GWren@caxtongrill.co.uk.
Caxton Grill Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Awful service together with so-so food made this an experience not to be repeated"