RestaurantsLondonSt James'sSW1A

survey result

Summary

£80
 ££££
2
Average
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The beautiful cocktails are the best” at this plush and cosy hideaway, at the end of a St James’s mews. Foodwise, there’s a Mediterranean-inspired brasserie menu, or hold out for the summer BBQs in the courtyard.

Summary

£80
 ££££
2
Average
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The beautiful cocktails are the best” at this plush and cosy hideaway, at the end of a St James’s mews. Foodwise, there’s a Mediterranean-inspired brasserie menu, or hold out for the summer BBQs in the courtyard.

Summary

£76
 ££££
2
Average
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Benoit’s team provide perfect service” in this “very attractive room” – part of a luxurious St James’s hideaway at the end of a cute mews – serving upscale brasserie fare from breakfast on. Top Tip: “the lunchtime food served ‘on your lap’ is a great partner for the wines on special offer”.

Summary

£58
   ££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Benoit is the perfect host” at this preppy St James’s hideaway, at the end of a cute mews (splendid outside tables in summer), festooned with the ties and hats donated by patrons in decades past. Best known as a drinking den (“the ‘White Mouse’ is a must”), it also nowadays has a fairly substantial ‘club-brasserie-style’ menu, served from breakfast on, but – especially if you are having a dram – “bring lots of money”.

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Have you eaten at The American Bar?

Owner's description

The American Bar at The Stafford is legendary and belongs to the great tradition of the American cocktail bars that became renowned in London and Paris during the 1920s and 30s.  It remains one of the longest surviving American bars in London and is much-loved by its discerning clientele. Serving classics and signature cocktails, The American Bar is overseen by Bar Manager, Benoit Provost whose creations, new and vintage, are a reference for cocktail lovers the world over.  A menu of 12 specially-curated cocktails includes a journey around the secluded streets and hidden secrets of St James’s.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.50 £23.00 £6.50 £11.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £36.00
Filter Coffee £5.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Menu
Yes
44
No dress code
50
Yes

The chef

In January 2018, Ben Tish joined The Stafford London as Culinary Director. Ben started working with the group as Head Chef of Salt Yard restaurant in March 2006, becoming Chef Director of the whole group soon after in 2008.   

Prior to Salt Yard, Ben spent much of his career working with renowned chefs and restaurateurs such as Jason Atherton and Stephen Terry, at various ground-breaking London restaurants, learning classical techniques with inspired cooking formulas. Ben also fronted the 3 AA Rosette modern Italian restaurant Al Duca, where he fell in love with the ingredient-led approach to Italian cookery. Furthermore, he held the position of Executive Chef at the Crinan Hotel in the west highlands of Scotland, where he was inspired by the beautiful, remote location and the amazing produce this part of the country has to offer. Whilst in charge of the kitchens at the Crinan, Ben was awarded ‘best gastro pub in Scotland’ by The Independent newspaper, and ‘best newcomer’ in the Good Food Guide for the fine dining restaurant.  

Ben is also a highly accomplished writer and cookbook author. In late 2012 he released Salt Yard Food & Wine, a restaurant cookbook, and in 2016, Grill Smoke BBQ was released with Quadrille. In spring 2019, Ben will release a new cookbook focussing on the Moorish influence on food culture in the Iberian Peninsula and southern Italy, published by Bloomsbury. 

 

The Stafford, 16-18 Saint James's Place, London, SW1A 1NJ
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Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑11 pm

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