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TV-star Tom Kerridge “has clearly tried to bring a touch of his Marlow pub, The Hand & Flowers to the formal and plush surroundings of the Corinthia” with this much-awaited, late-2018 opening. This massive and potentially “cavernous” chamber has now been successfully cosied-up from its former incarnation as Massimo (RIP), with a big bar area; “clubby” dark decor; and with “rotisseries and meat-maturing cabinets lining one side of the room”. “The food, likewise, is a little more hearty and traditional – with a Kerridge twist – than the expected, hotel-fine-dining experience”. “Prices, however, remain very much high end”, and diners are slightly divided on the overall outcome. A few critics feel the experience “doesn’t match the hype”, and is “a mismatch of average pub grub with one of London’s most exclusive hotels”. For a big majority of diners, though, it “fires on all cylinders”, combining an “impressive-but-relaxed room” with “suitably professional but informal service” and “interesting and delicious” cooking of a type in line with TK’s celebrity persona: “it was probably the most expensive fish ’n’ chips I have ever had, but I can’t wait to go back!” Top Tip – well spaced tables help make it good for less formal business occasions.
Hand & Flowers chef and TV star, Tom Kerridge, launched in the capital in September 2018, taking over the magnificent chamber at this five-star hotel between Trafalgar Square and Embankment that was formerly Massimo (RIP), and which has had a makeover care of design agency The Studio. Head chef Nick Beardshaw creates, so we are told, ‘refined British comfort food and reborn classics’ in a brasserie-style format which aims to dispel the stultifying grandeur of its former occupant.
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Getting a good buzz back after reopening: sensibly short menu. Given the prices, neither food nor service quite at the right level, but keen to please and provides an enjoyable night out "
"Due to the current situation we've unfortunately had to wait seven months before we could return to Kerridge's Bar & Grill. We wanted to come and enjoy a sunday lunch as our previous dining experience in December was amazing. So on sunday that's exactly what we did. It still feels a bit strange when you walk around london but the small steps we are taking are positive ones. We arrived at the Corinthia Hotel and decided to have a little look around before making our way to the restaurant. Once we entered we were spotted straight away by manager Matthew who firstly gave us a great welcome back and thanked us for the support we've been able to give the hospitality industry especially during these tough times. We decided to have a drink at the bar first but our choice was already made as Matthew sent over a couple of glasses of complimentary champagne which was a really nice touch. While sitting in the fabulous bar area it gave us a chance to look around and you could see the measures they've had to take so they could reopen. The tables in the restaurant and bar were nicely spaced out allowing for plenty of room. There were hand sanitizers for you to use and the staff themselves were wearing face masks so you really did feel quite comfortable in these surroundings. So now onto the reason why we were here the food. We finished our champagne and was then escorted to our table which was in a nice little booth. To see the food & drink menu you have to scan the bar code which therefore limits the touching of things between yourself and the staff. We placed our order before we met the sommelier Oliver to choose a bottle of wine. For this he brought over the menu so that he could show us a choice of recommendations. Our choice was a fabulous Italian Barbera D'Alba Vignota 2017 full of delightful cherry flavours that complimented our food perfectly. We then started with gougeres and some bread before moving on to our starters. So yes it was now time for our first course where we ordered the Steak Tartare with Smoked Mayonnaise , a Deep Fried Hens Egg & Brown Bread Crackers. Which I have to say is probably the best tartare I've ever had. Our other choice was the Cheese Fondue Terrine with Pickled Walnut Ketchup , Granny Smith & Roasted Walnuts. This was also absolutely delicious. Next it was time to move on to the main course where my wife chose the Breast of Goosnargh Duck with a Duck Hash Brown , English Peas , Gem Lettuce & Mint where the resulting verdict was a glorious one. For myself I had to have the Dry Aged Rib of Beef with Horseradish Cream , Yorkshire Pudding & the most amazing Roast Potatoes. With this a side order of Garlic Roasted Hispi Cabbage and of course some Triple Cooked Chips. To be totally honest I'm really struggling to find any little detail that would stop me rating this roast as a 10/10 it was sensational and without doubt the best Sunday Roast ever. After a well earned rest it was time to finish with desserts. For this we chose the Tonka Bean Panna Cotta with Strawberries , Black Pepper Meringues & Strawberry Ice Cream which was delicious. Our other dessert was my weakness as I love a soufflé so therefore chose the Raspberry Souffle with Buttermilk Ice Cream & Rose Scented Coulis that was absolutely heaven and paired beautifully with a light and fruity Melsheimer 2016 Riesling Spatlese. We finished with tea & coffee to truly bring to an end an absolutely fantastic Sunday Lunch. Every course was amazing and matched by excellent wine pairings. When you put this together with the fabulous friendly and professional service then your not going to be surprised when I say that I would very highly recommend a visit here. I would like to finish by saying a massive Thank You to Matthew and all the team for a fantastic dining experience and look forward to seeing you all again soon"
"Our meal was marked out by impeccable service. Correct but not stuffy. Timings absolutely right. Food was mixed quail excellent. And a good wine list where good value can be found. Very much enjoyed it."
"This was a fantastic way to celebrate the 60th Wedding Anniversary of my wife's parents. The food was amazing , the service was excellent and all this in a fabulous location. It was back in August when me and my wife popped in for a cocktail that we decided this would be a great place to bring her parents for their anniversary celebrations. This was due to the friendliness of the staff , the look of the dining room and at the time having a quick chat with manager Matthew. So on Thursday we headed to the Corinthia Hotel to do just that. On our arrival we entered the main entrance to the hotel and walked through the hotel to Kerridge's so my wife and her father could have a look around as they used to work in the building some years ago. When we arrived at the Bar & Grill we were given a lovely welcome and took a seat at a reserved table for a pre lunch drink in the bar. After our drinks we were then escorted through to the end of the beautiful dining room where we were seated in a delightful and comfortable booth. It was then at this point that Manager Matthew came over firstly to welcome us and then to say that for my wife's mum who had dietary requirements to just order any dish that she liked and they would adapt it for her liking. This I thought was an excellent gesture on their part. There was a choice of three menus the Festive Menu , a Classic Tasting Menu and what we decided to choose the A la Carte. Once we had chosen our courses we then on discussion with the sommelier we chose a fabulous Portuguese Dao Prunus 2016 a nice fruity red wine with flavours of black cherry , plum and raspberry. It was also at this point where we enjoyed a delightful snack of Parmesan Gougeres. It was now on to our first course where we ordered the Salt Cod Scotch Egg , the Claude's Mushroom Risotto , the Glazed Omelette Lobster Thermidor and the Duck Leg , Black Pudding & Pistachio Terrine. All the dishes were an absolute delight and full of amazing flavour especially the Lobster and my Terrine. Next to come were with now high expectations were the mains and yes we definitely weren't let down hear at all. We chose the Pigs Cheek Pie with Clotted Cream Mash , Crispy Black Pudding & Devilled Sauce , the Lamb Rump with Merguez Sausage , Smoked Aubergine & a Spinach & Goats Cheese Pastilla. The other dish was the Mussels Mariniere with Warm Stout which was on the tasting menu and adapted into an A la Carte main course. Each course I think we all agreed we're simply stunning and accompanied by Garlic Roasted Hispi Cabbage & Crispy Chunky Chips. After a nice and well deserved rest it was time for desserts and if the first two courses were amazing we finished in heaven with these fabulous treats. Our choices were the Brown Butter Tart with Buttermilk Ice Cream , the Dark Chocolate Pudding with Crystallised Malt Biscuit & Malted Ice Cream. My choice was the Peanut Butter & White Chocolate 'Paris-Brest' with Salted Coffee Caramel which I have to say is one of the best desserts I've had in a long time it was pure indulgence. We finished with tea & coffee to round off a simply fabulous afternoon. The food as I said at the beginning was amazing. I'd like to Thank Matthew and his team for looking after us and making sure everything was ok especially for my wife's parents. This was a fantastic dining experience and one I would highly recommend and I for one will definitely be returning in the not to distant future"
|Wine per bottle||£21.00|
Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD
|Monday||12 pm‑12 am|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑12 am|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑12 am|
|Thursday||12 pm‑12 am|
|Friday||12 pm‑12 am|
|Saturday||12 pm‑12 am|
|Sunday||12 pm‑11 pm|