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“Everybody is smartly attired which makes a nice change” at Gavin Rankin’s (ex-MD of Annabel’s) “old-fashioned-in-a-good-way” bastion: “a picture-lined dining room”, tucked away in a quiet mews, which – to those of a blueblooded disposition – makes “a much more attractive choice than some of its flashier Mayfair rivals”. “Well-drilled”, traditionally-attired staff deliver “classic” – if “fairly simple” – Anglo/French cuisine and, in particular, the package makes “an excellent choice for a business lunch” (of the kind where “a couple of dry Martinis before you get started will not raise an eyebrow”).
Proprietor Gavin Rankin (ex-MD of Annabel’s) “is much in evidence” at this “very discreet and efficient” Mayfair fixture – “a comfortable English take on a Parisian brasserie” that’s one of a tiny handful of restaurants ever visited by The Queen (and, fair to say, “a safe place to entertain”). For its traditional following, “this is the sort of restaurant you aspire to go to once a week, for the rest of your life” – a “properly grown-up and elegant” venue, with “impeccable service”, offering “good interpretations” of “Anglo-French classic dishes” and “a well-chosen and fairly-priced all-French wine list”.
Owner Gavin Rankin (ex MD of Annabel’s) “keeps a strict eye” on this art-lined brasserie, whose “classic”, “unchallenging” French cuisine and “competent and well-oiled” service make it “the very definition of civilisation” to its “tidily dressed and mostly besuited” Mayfair clientele. (It’s one of a handful of restaurants ever visited by The Queen).
“The tucked-away location adds to the charm” of Gavin Rankin’s “very clubbable”, “art-lined” brasserie, in a “picturesque mews” – “a delightful choice for a civilised lunch, whether for business or pleasure”, serving “a limited choice” of “very good, bistro-style dishes”, which are “reasonably priced… for Mayfair”. (One of a handful of London restaurants ever visited by The Queen.)
Bellamy’s was established in 2004 and is named after the club in Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy of novels, which reassures our English customers. There is also a happy pun with the title Bel Ami, the novel by Guy de Maupassant, which amuses our French customers. Everyone else comes for the food and the wine list.
The management of Bellamy’s is made up of myself, Gavin Rankin (former Managing Director of the Annabel’s Group when under the chairmanship of Mark Birley); Chef Stéphane Pacoud (former second Chef at Annabel’s); and Manager Luigi Burgio (formerly Annabel’s barman).
The intention was to incorporate and modernise the best elements of the Franco Belgian tradition of the brasserie, although in Bellamy’s there is less beer and rather more wine than was found in the original nineteenth century models. The design throughout was the brainchild of the architect and designer Tim Flynn, who spent some time in Paris researching brasserie decoration. He has produced a brilliant and fresh concept throughout with no attempt at hiding in retro clichés or other obvious shortcuts.
Bellamy’s is a Restaurant with an unashamedly French wine list, with familiar names at reasonable prices reflecting my own prejudices on the subject. There is also a weekly table d’hôte menu which, at £ 24.75 for three courses, appeals both to the young and to the bit older who, like all the best parties, are happily united here.
We also have a daytime Oyster and Sandwich Bar; and an evening Cocktail Bar. Most of our customers are regulars and some of them have been kind enough to describe us as ‘a sort of club without a sub’. Membership is free and instantly open to all and, if you have not been here, we hope that you will join soon.
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
Stéphane Pacoud - Head Chef
Bellamy’s Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A wonderful find on Bruton Place. While pricey, the food is well-prepared, and there is a good selection."
18-18a Bruton Pl, London, W1J 6LY
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|Monday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Saturday||7 pm-11:30 pm|