RestaurantsLondonKnightsbridgeSW1

survey result

Summary

£144
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Some “stunning” meals (“you just can’t beat the tipsy cake!”) are still reported at Heston Blumenthal’s Knightsbridge outpost, but the feeling that it’s losing its way is stronger than ever. Despite a menu shake-up in 2020 (a shift away from its increasingly stale menu of Ye Olde English dishes to a more mainstream ‘Edible History’ menu), its ratings continue to disappoint across the board. The chief complaint is that it’s “so overpriced and overhyped”, not helped by its bizarrely high rating from Michelin (who are asleep at the wheel on this one, presumably because they don’t want to upset Heston by downgrading it). Too often reporters have “no idea how this place got two stars”, saying that “whilst technically the dishes aren’t wrong, for the most part they are utterly pedestrian. We paid £660 for 2 for lunch with 5 glasses of wine between us. Off the top of my head, I can think of 20 restaurants in the capital alone that are more interesting and better value”. And it’s not as though the hotel-style dining room provides much in the way of compensation, either: “like sitting in an airport lounge… just with even less personality…”.

Summary

£128
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“If you can overlook the stratospheric prices, and don’t go often enough to tire of the historical menu” (“we’ve all heard about the Meat Fruit now, thanks!”), then Heston Blumenthal’s Knightsbridge dining room can, say fans, “still deliver stand-out dishes with precise execution, Heston-eque flourishes” and “bold and exciting flavours”. Even supporters, though, caution that “you must get someone else to pay” (“even with great cooking, the bill’s terrible value”) and to its worst critics it’s becoming “a horrible and stale experience”, especially given an environment that feels ever-more “soulless and hotel-like”.

Summary

£128
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“If you can overlook the stratospheric prices, and don’t go often enough to tire of the historical menu” (“we’ve all heard about the Meat Fruit now, thanks!”), then Heston Blumenthal’s Knightsbridge dining room can, say fans, “still deliver stand-out dishes with precise execution, Heston-eque flourishes” and “bold and exciting flavours”. Even supporters, though, caution that “you must get someone else to pay” (“even with great cooking, the bill’s terrible value”) and to its worst critics it’s becoming “a horrible and stale experience”, especially given an environment that feels ever-more “soulless and hotel-like”.

Summary

£125
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Heston Blumenthal would do well to pay attention and create some new ideas” at this Knightsbridge dining room, where ratings this year are continuing on their remorseless march south (and whose ongoing inclusion in William Reed’s World’s 50 Best awards seems to represent the worst kind of spineless kowtowing to celebrity). Undoubtedly, there are many loyalists, who “love the menu that’s full of history” (being researched from medieval recipe books), and who feel Ashley Palmer-Watts and his team deliver “entertaining”, “alternative” cuisine that’s “so impressive”. There are too many reporters however, for whom it’s becoming an “overpriced nightmare” – charming “extortionate prices” for “mediocre” or even “dreadful” fare. Despite its park views, reporters are also increasingly “not sure about the dining room” either: “all dark wood and posh design looking into the kitchen, it lacks intimacy” and can seem totally “atmosphere-free”. STOP PRESS – after the fire at the hotel in June 2018, the restaurant was reopened on 4th December 2018

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Restaurant in SW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal restaurant.
jan v
Perfectly consistent. Superb service...
Reviewed 1 months, 25 days ago

"Perfectly consistent. Superb service"

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N B
I hadn't been for a while, the food is stil...
Reviewed 8 months, 26 days ago

"I hadn't been for a while, the food is still wonderful and the service manages to balance professionalism with warmth. It's certainly expensive but worth it as an occasional treat if you can afford it (or know somebody who can). I can't agree on the meat fruit getting boring, it is sublime and I will never be able to resist ordering it."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £135.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 135.00 Always available 5

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£30.00 £56.00 £20.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £55.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 13.50%
Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm

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