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October 2019: Ian Howard has been appointed executive chef here, following a career as head chef at Borough Market’s Roast and senior roles at Babylon Restaurant and The Roof Gardens in High Street Kensington.

survey result

Summary

£72
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Poor
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2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

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£66
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3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

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£65
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Very Good
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£68
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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).

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Restaurant details

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Highchair, Menu
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20, 20, 50
96
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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£10.50 £26.00 £4.50 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £31.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7BJ
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