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December 2018: from April 2018, there will be a second restaurant at The Goring, a more casual alternative to The Dining Room. Top chef, Cornwall's own Nathan Outlaw will run the as-yet un-named restaurant.

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Summary

“Still glowing from its Royal Wedding connection” (and nowadays with a Royal Warrant to show for it) – this once-sleepy, nowadays increasingly fashionable, traditional British five-star hotel is situated conveniently behind Buck House. Established in 1910, it is still run by the Goring family, who have been investing heavily of late, with the creation of Siren (see also) and the recent relaunch of the hotel’s bar. Its “delightfully old-school” dining room is a “perennial stalwart”, whose “quintessentially-British menu” was slightly bizarrely starred by Michelin a few years ago. That’s not to say that the cooking is not “traditional and of high quality”, but the real reason why this is the perfect venue for lunching your maiden aunt or “wowing visiting prospective clients” isn’t the food, but its “impeccable”, “old-fashioned” service and the “impressive surroundings” of this “light, elegant and high-ceilinged” chamber (whose “roomy tables allow for serious business discussions”). No surprise that prices are a tad “steep”. Top Tip – afternoon tea in the adjoining lounge can be “crowded” but otherwise is as it would be done by Disney – “like a fantasy step back in time”“we went wild for the sandwiches and scones which were offered in abundance!”

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

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For a “quintessential English experience” in London, it’s hard to beat this “wonderful family-owned and managed hotel in the heart of Victoria and its marvellous dining room”. “Perfect, courteous and caring service” is at the heart of a formula which feels like “a trip back to yesteryear” and which is “class personified”. As such, though not at all corporate, it’s “a first-rate way to wow potential clients (especially Americans!)”, backed up by luxurious traditional cuisine that’s “old school and all the better for it”. There’s also a “fascinating wine list, with many entries chosen personally by Mr Goring on his travels”. This is also the location for “the most civilised breakfast in London”, and there’s a “marvellous, sumptuous afternoon tea served in the opulent lounge at the Goring: enveloping cosy chairs, fine china, an extensive selection of teas, sandwiches, scones and the prettiest of cakes, plus Champagne options. A total treat best saved for special days”.

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

Summary

“One of the last bastions of the English style of the old days” – this “time-warp” family-run hotel between Victoria and Buckingham Palace provides “the quintessential country house experience in London”, with “smartly dressed staff with many years of service” and a “hugely traditional, well-spaced interior”. It’s shot to prominence in recent years – both since the Middletons stayed here prior to the Royal Wedding and since Michelin (slightly bafflingly) awarded the “classic” British cuisine a star, although in truth the top culinary attractions are its superb breakfasts and afternoon tea (“just how it should be – comfy sofas and chairs, endless streams of sandwiches and scones, followed by dainty cakes”). But “oh dear, is it starting to rest on its regal laurels?” It took more flak this year for being “very expensive”.

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

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“Away from the hoi polloi, and convenient for Buck Pal’”, this “splendid and unspoilt survivor” is not only “an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Victoria” but also a bastion of unchanging values: in particular its “impeccable” service “pandering to every whim”. The Michelin star bestowed on the “delightful dining room” is something of a distraction – “the food is not outstandingly good, but old-fashioned and English” – perfect for business, a “traditional British breakfast par excellence”, or “a masterclass in how to do afternoon tea”.

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

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Owner's description

In the luxurious setting of a five-star London hotel, The Dining Room is beautifully elegant - a place where traditional and delicious British food triumphs. The holder of its first Michelin star and three AA Rosettes, The Dining Room offers an impeccable yet fun dining experience, under the direction of Executive Chef Shay Cooper.


The Goring sources fresh, high-quality ingredients from suppliers across the British Isles, from Romney Marsh lamb to fish from the Cornish coast, as part of its commitment to serving the finest British food.


Chef Cooper and his team make fabulous use of the revered Clarence Court hens' eggs – essential for the mouth-watering Eggs Drumkilbo and indulgent lobster omelette. The Goring's forager provides a selection of truffles and wild herbs to perfectly complement each dish, and it remains one of the last London restaurants to serve roast rib of beef that’s impeccably carved from a silver trolley.


 

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £52.00
Dinner   £64.00
SundayLunch   £58.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £39.00
Filter Coffee £6.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair, Menu
18, 14, 50, 6
No jeans
75

Private dining

Our beautifully appointed private event spaces are elegantly designed, providing a magnificent backdrop to any occasion. All of the rooms provide a fabulous setting for any occasion where guests can enjoy lavish Michelin-starred food. The Goring hosts both intimate and larger events, supported by immaculate service to ensure that your day runs like clockwork. 


The Garden Room is the largest of our private rooms, with its own conservatory area with a sliding wall of glass, leading out to The Goring Gardens. Those booking this event space can enjoy their own reserved area of the garden, making it ideal for parties and weddings. 


The Drawing Room has recently been refurbished and transformed with the most intricate woven wallpaper, giving the room the relaxed sophistication of a grand English country house or a chic private city residence. 


The Silver Room has also undergone a sumptuous renovation with stunning new wallpaper, part embroidered on a silver leaf background with hand-painted Chinoiserie design in red. This sumptuous space features an antique table to seat up to 8 people.


 

The Dining Room, The Goring Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Dining Room, The Goring Hotel Restaurant in SW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Dining Room, The Goring Hotel restaurant.
Margaret C
Dependably good, unfussy, very traditionall...
Reviewed 2 months, 16 days ago

"Dependably good, unfussy, very traditionally presented food."

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Greg L
first class on all levels. hard to beat. ...
Reviewed 5 months, 29 days ago

"first class on all levels. hard to beat. never seems crowded, even when full. lobster omelette and chips a firm favourite"

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Clifford B
Standards done to a very high mmmm standa...
Reviewed 6 months, 23 days ago

"Standards done to a very high mmmm standard. Prices are creeping upwards, though."

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David S
Best place in London to have a quiet busine...
Reviewed 6 months, 24 days ago

"Best place in London to have a quiet business dinner."

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15 Beeston Pl, London, SW1W 0JW
Opening hours
Monday7 am-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Tuesday7 am-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Wednesday7 am-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Thursday7 am-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Friday7 am-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Saturday7 am-10:30 am, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Sunday7:30 am-2:30 pm, 7 pm-10 pm

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