Harden's survey result
Chef William Drabble maintains a low profile but his “expert cuisine” inspires a small but smitten fan club for this under-the-radar dining room in a swish St James’s hotel – a “cosy room with enough room between tables for privacy”. “He remains in the kitchen, where he belongs, and remains my favourite chef!”
“The food actually reduced my husband to tears (in a good way!)…” The “quirky but cosy” dining room of this luxurious St James’s hotel deserves a much higher profile – “staff take real pride in their work and take such good care of you”, and William Drabble’s “consistently reliable and refined” cooking is “too delicious for words”.
This “gorgeous”, “very small, but comfortable and cosy dining room” is “so private” within a luxurious St James’s hotel. It deserves to be better known thanks to its “genuinely kind, helpful and passionate” staff and – last but not least – William Drabble’s “first rate cuisine”.
“To hell with the cost!” – this “charming restaurant attached to a St James’s hotel” is often nominated for business entertaining but deserves more attention generally, as William Drabble’s “highly accomplished” cuisine is “remarkably good”. Top Tip – “excellent value set lunch”.
Seven Park Place by William Drabble was launched in September 2009 and was awarded one Michelin star only one year after opening and four AA Rosettes. In Seven Park Place William Drabble has created his own inimitable style menu, influenced by classic French cuisine but made using the best British ingredients and taking inspiration from the seasons. Of course, like any great chef, William has his signature dishes, poached native lobster tail with cauliflower purée and lobster butter sauce springs to mind, but his continuing love of good food ensures that each dish he creates is as exquisite as the next. To reflect the style of his menu William was heavily involved with the design and decor of Seven Park Place, an elegant and intimate space, with only 26 covers and nine tables. The restaurant uses rich colours and natural fabrics in bright, jewel inspired colours, to produce a stunning backdrop for the perfect dining experience.
|Wine per bottle||£37.50|
Seven Park Place Restaurant Diner Reviews
"As you enter the stately building of Seven Park Place the door is opened courteously for you. We are directed to a lift which slowly takes you to the first floor dining room currently relocated in the library. It is a small cosy area playing bland two-dimensional jazz just one short of setting the teeth on edge. Our journey to the dining room is swift and pleasant. Then service stops. Despite an abundance of staff none seem to be heading in our direction.There are only two other diners at this stage and although we are in no hurry it takes an age before we are offered both wine and lunch menus. Our order however is taken promptly once we receive the menu but the sommelier takes for ever to appear. Not sure where he has gone as there are so few other diners. In fact our amuse bouche of salmon and beetroot with creme fraiche appears before we even get to sniff the heady aroma of wine we had not yet chosen. However when he arrives he is very helpful and even offers us a chance to taste one of the wines on our shortlist which is a nice touch. Two generous slugs of Austrian red are poured and meet with our approval. From the short three course lunch menu we have chosen all the options. Both starters and mains are a riot of flavours, well presented and seasoned exceptionally well. A kitchen which is not afraid to season correctly always scores highly in our opinion. Our mains of Cod and Partridge are ample with plenty of jus too. Veg is not forgotten and in some respects shine more highly than the slippery fresh piece of cod which is stately seated. Dessert by way of the two previous highs is a bit of a let down. Yes they are excellently presented but my rum baba is shy of the Calvados advertised. A sponge with no boozy juice just did not feel right. The chocolate pud was fine and that is just about all you can say for it. Coffee and petit fours are both excellent although we did have to halve each petit four with the coffee spoon (if you want to share them that is). Service at a one star Michelin appears to be an enigma these days, bordering on non-existent to reasonably acceptable. My wife gave the service a 3 as whilst we were talking to the maitre d his gaze averted to some other (probably higher rolling) guests. He admitted he had been “busted”."
"One of the best chefs in London both the luncheon menu and the tasting menu are excellent."
"Outstanding on all counts. Worth more than just one Michelin rosette. The three course lunch with matching wines, while not cheap, is good value. A very stylish place."
7-8 Park Pl, London, SW1A 1LS
|Tuesday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|