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survey result

Summary

£101
£££££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“With a menu well-suited to any Edwardian gourmet” (“wonderful Dover sole” and other “excellent fish dishes”, plus game in season), this “very civilised” and “wonderfully traditional” St James’s bastion (London’s oldest restaurant, established in 1742, albeit not on this site) “just has a certain class about it” and is “ideal for taking someone on business who you want to impress”“whether it’s for schmoozing or to seal a deal”. A particular highlight is the “old-style service”“staff are wonderfully discreet” and there’s an “unwavering dedication to customer service”. Just one thing… “you need a very healthy expense account” before setting out, as the final reckoning can be terrifying. (“It is an icon, but if it was half the price, I’d double the score!”)

Summary

£98
 ££££
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.

“The Best of British” – London’s oldest restaurant (founded 1742, but not on this site) feels – with its “muffled conversations and refined decor mixing deep reds, browns and greens”“akin to a compact version of an old-fashioned club”; and its St James’s quarters provide a “top drawer”, “old-school” experience for those of an “old-fashioned” disposition (“jackets are required for men”). “Acoustics are civilised” and “tables are very discreet, so it’s perfect for business lunches or dinners”; while service operates “with class and efficiency”, yet “without being unctuous”. “If you want first-class, traditional cuisine”, in particular fish and seafood (also game in season), this is the place for you – “sublime ingredients” are “presented impeccably, but without frills”. Do try to ensure you are there at the invitation of your tax advisor or art dealer, however: “the bill is always brutal”.

Summary

£98
 ££££
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.

“The Best of British” – London’s oldest restaurant (founded 1742, but not on this site) feels – with its “muffled conversations and refined decor mixing deep reds, browns and greens”“akin to a compact version of an old-fashioned club”; and its St James’s quarters provide a “top drawer”, “old-school” experience for those of an “old-fashioned” disposition (“jackets are required for men”). “Acoustics are civilised” and “tables are very discreet, so it’s perfect for business lunches or dinners”; while service operates “with class and efficiency”, yet “without being unctuous”. “If you want first-class, traditional cuisine”, in particular fish and seafood (also game in season), this is the place for you – “sublime ingredients” are “presented impeccably, but without frills”. Do try to ensure you are there at the invitation of your tax advisor or art dealer, however: “the bill is always brutal”.

Summary

£95
 ££££
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.

“Don’t forget your jacket if you’re joining the peers of the realm at this classic on Jermyn Street, which has been doing things the way they should be done for more than 270 years (!)”, with “reassuringly unchanging, courteous-old school service” that “make you feel like a regular, even if you only visit annually”. The “superb quality of the fare is without parallel” from an “old-fashioned, utterly untrendy menu”, which particularly shines with “British seafood at its finest”, but is also strong in game. “Of course it’s definitely overpriced, but cheaper than joining a club and, on that basis, worth every pound!”

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Owner's description

For those of you that are new to Wiltons welcome, to those who are familiar with the restaurant, “welcome home”.
Since 1742 Wiltons has been synonymous for the finest oysters, wild fish and game and traditional, courteous, hospitality.
The British menu aims to offer the freshest fish, game and meats from the very best fleets and farms the United Kingdom has to offer.
Wiltons still very much recognises and respects its origins, serving the finest Oysters from the British Isles since gaining our first Royal Warrant for supplying Oysters to the Royal household in 1836.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£18.50 £38.00 £6.50 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Portions
20
No dress code
100

The chef

Head Chef, Daniel Kent

Daniel joined Wiltons in 2011 having formerly worked at some of London's finest restaurants such as Le Café Anglais, Skylon and The Wolseley. He initially went to university with the idea that he would become a Restaurant Manager. However upon graduating, he fell in love with cooking, having been previously inspired by the many Sunday lunches at his aunt’s house where she would put on a feast of local Yorkshire produce and sherry laced trifle! He has a firm belief that use of great ingredients and an exceptional team behind him is the perfect recipe for a world class establishment.  He has enjoyed re-introducing many of Wiltons classic dishes as well as showcasing many of his own creations.

Private dining

Our comfortable and elegant private dining room, The Jimmy Marks Room can accommodate up to 20 guests for a seated meal and is the perfect private dining room ideal for all occasions including lunch, dinner or cocktail and canapé parties, whether your booking is for business or pleasure.

We have prepared a variety of menus to suit all tastes, however we are also happy to design a bespoke menu.

The room also has two data points allowing for fast internet and IP conference calls. Should you need any further IT equipment for your conference or meeting we would be delighted to arrange this.

Wiltons is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and for dinner on Saturday.

However exclusive hire of the restaurant may be possible subject to agreement.

Wiltons Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Wiltons Restaurant in SW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Wiltons restaurant.
Jin L
Busy Saturday night. Tables close together ...
Reviewed 22 days ago

"Busy Saturday night. Tables close together unless you had a booth. Delicious and very well cooked halibut, excellent steak tartare. The beef wellington was so so - good flavour beef but a bit chewy. Lobster bisque disappointing- could be from a glass jar from Lidl. Expensive traditional fare and environment "

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john k
We had a wonderful evening at this iconic e...
Reviewed 4 months, 8 days ago

"We had a wonderful evening at this iconic establishment . All the staff contributed with their expert knowledge to enhance our dining experience. The selection of oysters was a fab starter. "

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Ruth J
Traditional restaurant with typical British...
Reviewed 5 months, 16 days ago

"Traditional restaurant with typical British menu. Food was very good and nicely presented. Service was friendly and efficient. Ambience was buzzy but not too noisy. Quite expensive but probably not for this part of London."

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55 Jermyn St, London, SW1Y 6LX
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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