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Summary

“What a wonderful oasis of calm in the hustle of London’s museum area” – this “elegant dining room of a Polish emigrés’ club” (open to the general public) has a “wonderful 19th-century vibe” and is a “civilised and reliable” setting that’s both “cosy in winter” and with a particularly “beautiful terrace for summer”. Its “authentic traditional Polish fare” is “charmingly served” in “huge portions” with lashings of vodka and some interesting wines.

£54
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3
Good
4
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5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

The “superb” setting of this “big and airy room” – plus “a lovely terrace at the back for those warm summer days” – sets up a “special” atmosphere at this former émigrés club, occupying a wonderfully “elegant”, if romantically faded, building in South Kensington. The “flavourful and varied Polish cuisine” is arguably “better than in Poland” and “you will not leave hungry”; but at least as great an attraction is the “impressive range of vodkas” and “a great long wine list including some lively, rarely seen eastern European vintages”. “Ideal for the Royal Albert Hall.”

£50
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3
Good
4
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5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

The “very beautiful time-warp setting” of an impressive old émigrés club, complete with “clubby” bar and “high-ceilinged dining room”, helps create a “very relaxing” experience at Jan Woroniecki’s South Kensington gem (whose “terrace at the rear is a hidden secret for outdoor summer dining”). The “Polish comfort food” is “lighter than you expect”, and there’s “a huge range of vodkas”.

£50
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“The really lovely, ornate interior”“with period features, candles and tasteful decoration” – underpins the “romantic” appeal of this quirky émigrés club dining room, near the Science Museum. Since Jan Woroniecki took it over, its “hearty” Polish fare has become more varied, and there’s “a massive range of vodkas”. Top Tip – at the rear there’s “a wonderful, tented outside terrace”.

£52
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3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Ognisko Restaurant is on the ground floor of the beautiful Victorian building that is the home to the Polish Hearth Club on Exhibition Road, South Kensington. Our restaurant and bar are both open to the public for lunch, dinner or drinks seven days a week.

With a large terrace overlooking communal gardens, we’re ideal for alfresco dining during the sunnier periods. We also have a large events space on the first floor that is ideal for weddings, parties and corporate events, while it can also cater for smaller parties and dinners.

Ognisko is positioned on the road of many world-class museums, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum. Also the area is home to the English National Ballet, the Royal Albert Hall and the Serpentine gallery, making South Kensington one of the most important cultural destinations in London.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £18.00 £22.00
Pretheatre £18.00 £22.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.00 £16.50 £4.00 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.50
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £2.00
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
Yes
150
No trainers
80
Yes

Private dining

With its grand entrance, huge majestic staircase, leading to its fabulous ballroom, floor to ceiling windows and views over the private gardens, Ognisko provides a stunning wedding venue. With a capacity of up to 150 guests seated and 175 standing, we also have additional private rooms available and a wonderful outdoors terrace, ideal for those summer weddings.


Ognisko’s food is much acclaimed and menus can be adapted to suit your preference. Whether a three course sit down meal or a more informal buffet and sharing style – our chefs ensure that every thing is exactly to your taste.


A dedicated events organiser will be on hand to assist as much as you’d like, from organising floral arrangements & wedding cakes to decorations & entertainment, helping to create the perfect day. Whether you envision a luxurious wedding reception or a more secluded event, Ognisko provides an unforgettable experience.


 

Ognisko Restaurant Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Ognisko Restaurant Restaurant in SW7, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Ognisko Restaurant restaurant.
Robert S
A repeat review. Visited for the fourth tim...
Reviewed 15 days ago

"A repeat review. Visited for the fourth time recently for dinner afdter an afternoon the the Royal Albert Hall. We had no booking but were warmly received into a busy dining room and seated immediately. Service was excellent throughout as was the food. At the bar afterwards we had some complimentary drink samples. Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable experience."

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Jane B
What a wonderful oasis of calm in the hustl...
Reviewed 7 months, 9 days ago

"What a wonderful oasis of calm in the hustle of London's Museum area. We had a wonderful lunch in the bar and great Polish beers. I oparticularly liked the Placki potato pancakes - great crispy pancakes and a generous portion of beetroot marinated Gravadlax."

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55 Prince's Gate, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2PG
Opening hours
Monday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-11:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-11:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-11:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-11:30 pm
Friday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-11:30 pm
Sunday5:30 pm-10:30 pm

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