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Summary

Since 1971, this age-old rocker has grown from its first site, near Hyde Park Corner, to 186 globally, and this year saw the group reinvest massively in the capital, with not just a new hotel (on the site that was once The Cumberland) by Marble Arch, but also with the July 2019 opening of a 19,000 sq ft, multi-level, new London flagship at Piccadilly Circus. The latter opening includes a menu shake-up, which introduces an unsuspecting world to new culinary delights, including the ‘24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak BurgerTM’; (as well as the retail opportunities of ‘the world’s largest Rock Shop”’). For silver-haired reporters (who were alive for the chain’s founding) – a generation by-and-large untroubled by the hipster burger revolution – the “generously meaty” patties of the original are “still the best”, and one early report on the hotel says its restaurant “really rocks” too…. Even allowing for cynicism about the effects of nostalgia on the tastebuds, the brand fares better in the survey than most mass-market offerings.

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

Summary

Drugs and nuclear weapons are still forbidden (as they have been since 1971) at this aging rocker, near Hyde Park Corner – the cradle of the global franchise – where the noise level and queue still show no sign of abating. Perhaps surprisingly the burgers here are pretty decent – “huge and a real mouthful”.

£64
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
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Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Still rocking” is the considered verdict on the Hyde Park Corner original of what is now, 45 years later, a famous global franchise. “The atmosphere is electric, loud and proud”, and it still delivers some “reliable quality” burgers, ribs and “huge nachos”.

£60
  £££
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Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu, Entertainments
Yes
200
220
Opening hours
Monday11:30 am-12:30 am
Tuesday11:30 am-12:30 am
Wednesday11:30 am-12:30 am
Thursday11:30 am-12:30 am
Friday11:30 am-1 am
SaturdayCLOSED
Sunday11:30 am-10:30 pm

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