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July 2023: the restaurant is closed for a summer recess while a new kitchen is installed.

Harden's says

With Sally Abé's recent arrival from the Harwood Arms, the Conrad St James's Hotel is clearly aiming to take its offering up a notch. This summer 2021 arrival is to be her main showcase within the hotel, offering an ambitious menu with classic British overtones. Did no-one tell Sally the unwritten rule that good British restaurants are just not allowed in Westminster? Perhaps she will at last break the mould! (See also The Blue Boar.)

survey result

Summary

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

Sally Abé’s accomplished traditional British cuisine has rightfully succeeded in bringing media attention to this rather hotel-y chamber, in a comfortable but anonymous five-star a short walk from St James’s Park tube. (Indeed, in his September 2022 review, the FT’s Tim Hayward declared it “absolutely bloody cracking… some of the best food in town”). It still doesn’t attract the volume of reports in our annual diners’ poll we would like, but most (if not quite all) proclaim it “outstanding all round”. BREAKING NEWS: in July 2023, the restaurant closed, for the installation of a new kitchen. We’ve left it with its former rating, but apparently on re-opening in autumn 2023 it will have an amended offering. Abé commented: ‘We’ll be back all guns blazing’!

Summary

£98
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Sally Abé has equalled the “superb” standard of British cooking that she achieved at the Harwood Arms at this Westminster yearling, named for a pioneering suffragette. But while the traditional hotel dining room she was imported to revivify is an “amazingly spacious and comfy space” – and benefits from “quietly super-efficient and knowledgeable staff” – it doesn’t yet generate the volume of reports it perhaps deserves: “why was it empty? This deserves to be one of London’s most popular restaurants!”

Summary

Named for a pioneering suffragette, this July 2021 arrival marks a new determination by the Conrad St James’s Hotel to put itself on the map. At the stoves – Sally Abé – who recently arrived from the Harwood Arms to oversee the hotel’s kitchen generally, with this her showcase. It offers an ambitious menu with classic British overtones. Did no-one tell Sally the unwritten rule that good British restaurants are just not allowed in Westminster? Early social feedback suggests she may – at last – break the mould! (See also The Blue Boar.)

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
22
70

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£14.50 £38.50 £15.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Conrad London St. James, 22-28 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday6 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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