Harden's survey result
Fans of the Galvin Bros’ regime at this luxurious five-star hotel near Hyde Park Corner still applaud it as a “solid, nice and efficient” option, whose “good-value set deals” add to its possibilities as a “glam lunch venue”. Its ratings took a major hit this year, however, with too many reports of “complete disappointment” and “no generosity over the pricing” – at present it‘s “really not up to the standards of their other ventures”.
Feedback is positive about the Galvin Bros’ year-old revamp of this well-known Art Deco dining room, lauding its “good, mainly British cuisine”, civilised location (“lovely on a sunny day, overlooking Green Park”) and “high standards” generally. Its ratings are undercut, though, by incidents of “routine” cooking, and a sense that “some of its former quirkiness was lost in the (2016) makeover”. Top Tip: “wonderful, luxurious afternoon tea”.
Plusses and minuses for the Galvin Bros new more “casual” and “café-style” regime at this hitherto rather overlooked dining room (whose 2016 relaunch is part of a programme to boost the profile of this Art Deco hotel, facing Green Park). To its credit, it does inspire much more feedback nowadays, with praise for its “friendly staff and bistro cooking”. On the downside though, “much of its previously characterful atmosphere was lost in the massive refurb” leaving the space feeling “humdrum and hotel-y”. Top Tip – “fab value lunchtime menu”.
In July 2016 (post-survey) the Galvin brothers annexed this gracious but perennially overlooked dining room in an Art Deco hotel, facing Green Park. This is their first venture to put the emphasis more on British rather than French cuisine (and will continue to offer afternoon tea – previously one of the greater attractions here).
Galvin at The Athenaeum is the latest restaurant from Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. For the first time the brothers have stepped away from their trademark French-inspired menus in favour of championing Britain’s delicious homegrown produce and supporting independent farmers across the UK. An exciting array of new menus include Afternoon Tea and Private Dining, and feature a modern take on classic British dishes combined with Galvin favourites.
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Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7BJ
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