RestaurantsLondonBelgraviaSW1

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Summary

£124
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2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Very often recommended as an “expensive but reliable” venue for a “perfect business lunch”, this “decorous”, family-run hotel near Buck House (where the Middletons stayed before Kate & Will’s big day) has won renown as a “very classy”, traditionally British affair, where “everything is done perfectly”. Post-Covid, however, its dining room’s performance seems to have been on the slide and the downward trend noted last year continued in this year’s poll amidst gripes that it was “not as good as previously”, serving “bland food” and with “too many high expectations dashed”. Top Tip – “a quintessential English afternoon tea” in the lounges here is still a popular event.

Summary

£113
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3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Hooray for The Goring!” – this “enormously charming” and “quintessentially English” hotel, just behind Buck House, remains, for most reporters, one of London’s most treasured bastions. Built by Otto Goring in 1910, Jeremy Goring is currently at the helm, and its unchanging style and popularity with royalty have done nothing to harm its following over the years. For a business occasion in particular, the “delightful” dining room complete with “old-style, classy, traditional fare” is ideal and “never fails to impress a first-timer”; and for “afternoon tea done to perfection” look no further than its “lovely and calming” lounges. “The pandemic seems to have hit them hard, though, including the loss of their Michelin star chef”. To be honest, it always seemed a slightly strange idea that fancy haute cuisine was key to its success, so no immediate need for panic there. What is more concerning, though, is the decline in rating for what has always been a benchmark level of “discreet and professional” service: “it has sometimes been rather offhand lately – an unwelcome development they would do well to reverse…”

Summary

£107
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4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Just behind Buckingham Palace (and where the Middleton family stayed before Wills and Kate were wed) – this posh five-star was built by Otto Goring in 1910 and has been run since 2005 by his great grandson Jeremy Goring. With its peerless service and “very well spaced” tables, it’s the perfect bastion for traditionalists and an excellent choice for a “pricey but classy” old-school experience. The main dining room’s cuisine has moved with the times, but is still in a fairly traditional mould well-suited to “formal family lunches or business”. Another attraction is one of the best breakfasts in town. Head to the adjoining lounges for “afternoon tea at its best”: “beautifully made cakes and sandwiches, and just a special and lovely experience”.

Summary

£99
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3
Good
5
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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 relaunch of the hotel’s bar and a new restaurant space in 2019 (where its partnership with Nathan Outlaw, branded ‘Siren’, was very short-lived). The “delightfully old-school” main 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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15 Beeston Pl, London, SW1W 0JW

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Highchair,Menu
12, 8, 44
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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.
Tim W
The dining room is a rarity in London - inc...
Reviewed 5 days ago

"The dining room is a rarity in London - incredibly light filled elegant room with huge windows. Tables well spaced - ideal for private conversations. Food only managed good as it somehow misses the mark but it is well above average. Service is mainly very good but a bit slow and a tiny bit odd - and therefore it’s a good. The management should go to the Ritz and learn a few things to get them to 445. "

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Jeremy B
Luke warm food served on almost cold plates...
Reviewed 16 days ago

"Luke warm food served on almost cold plates - an unpleasant experience. Portion sizes reduced - for example the signature lobster omelette. Food and service not as good as they used to be; easily fixed but no-one seems to be in charge. Lighting in room much improved."

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Tim W
Wonderful dining room. Best in London - fo...
Reviewed 1 months, 23 days ago

"Wonderful dining room. Best in London - food very good and imaginative take on British Ingredients - problem is perennially slow service - seems the team at Goring are culturally unable to deliver swift , efficient service"

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Tim W
Fine dining in a wonderful room - very ligh...
Reviewed 2 months, 1 day ago

"Fine dining in a wonderful room - very light and well spaced tables. I think the best dining room in London for business - a treat. Service sometimes slow - unacceptably so in one of their private dining rooms "

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Jeremy B
Service would have been a 5 but for a miser...
Reviewed 9 months, 22 days ago

"Service would have been a 5 but for a miserable sommelier who seems to disapprove of “American wine”."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£23.00 £37.00 £18.00 £11.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £50.00
Filter Coffee £6.50
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
15 Beeston Pl, London, SW1W 0JW
Opening hours
Monday7 am‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Tuesday7 am‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Wednesday7 am‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Thursday7 am‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Friday7 am‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Saturday7 am‑3:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm
Sunday7:30 am‑2:45 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm

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