Harden's survey result
“London’s best-kept secret” offers cut-price haute cuisine prepared by “the stars of the future” – student chefs and waiters at Kingsway College in Westminster. “The food is always great value, and can be excellent”, while “watching people being put through their paces and learning the trade is a fun way to spend an evening”. “The main room could be a bit less municipal – maybe get some design students in!”.
“Kingsway College catering students staff this modern brasserie” in a quiet and leafy Westminster square, where customers are effectively ‘guinea pigs’ for training purposes. The “classic fare” is often (not always) “fully up to commercial standards” – but “service, by waiters learning their trade, can be terrible – yet the very reasonable prices make you forgive them!”.
“It’s so enjoyable to chat with the enthusiastic trainees” at this catering college dining room in a quiet corner of Westminster, staffed by the students. Not only that, but “the set lunch menu is a steal” for “witty and beautifully presented food” delivered by “well-meaning if haphazard” servers.
This training-ground for young chefs – part of a catering college in a tranquil and leafy corner of Westminster – is worth a try: you get “large portions” and “excellent value for money”. “Serving staff can be erratic, but they’re learning!”
The Vincent Rooms, Westminster Kingsway College Restaurant Diner Reviews
"at times comedy service - which is usually endearing. This week however, all four of us found the food, main courses particularly, very disappointing, and with the room completely full, noise levels were unreasonably high (>85dB on occasion).That's a shame - especially since for a lunch time set menu it's not especially cheap - similar price to Cafe Murano in St Jame's, for example. It has to be good to be good value. It's a training restaurant so one expects variation, but for the first time I'm not tempted to return."
"The food is always great value, and can be excellent. Decent wine list. The service ranges from the good to the incompetent - as it does in much more expensive places. But here, staff know they are still learning! Pleasant room, overlooking the Square."
|Wine per bottle||£18.00|
76 Vincent Sq, London, SW1P 2PD
|Monday||12 pm‑3 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm|