RestaurantsLondonMaryleboneW1

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Summary

£100
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2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “gorgeous bright room, overlooking a churchyard”“especially lovely on sunny days when you can get a terrace seat on the roof” – this D&D London property above Marylebone’s Conran shop provides a classy and intimate setting. It’s no longer seen as a particularly gastro destination, as once it was, but the kitchen is currently putting in an “expensive but reliable” performance that avoids criticism and makes it a potentially useful choice, especially for a slightly “formal” or upscale occasion.

Summary

£94
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Above Marylebone’s Conran Shop, this “well-spaced”, first-floor dining room has historically been a D&D London flagship thanks to its stylish interior, charming views over a churchyard, professional standards and – a relatively recent addition – a “lovely outdoor rooftop terrace”. For the second year since the pandemic struck, though, its ratings remain well below their historical levels. Some do still report their best meal of the year here, praising “outstanding modern French cuisine”; but sceptics are “disappointed because it used to be so much better”. It doesn’t help that “the ambience of this long and thin chamber has always been slightly precarious” and, at worst, reports are of “mediocre food (relative to the price) served in a very underwhelming manner in a dead environment”. One regular, though, thinks it’s just a passing phase: “after being through something of a culinary slump, I had an excellent meal!”

Summary

£88
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Cool, calm and elegant” – this D&D Group operation usually rates as one of the late Sir Terence Conran’s better creations, but suffered uneven reports this year. On the first floor, above the eponymous Conran Shop – it’s a “smart” (slightly “clinical”) space with agreeable views over the neighbouring churchard, and, up above, “a very nice terrace on the upper floor, which makes this a very suitable summer venue”. But even fans who reported “lovely” modern French cuisine felt “the bill can really mount up, even after a very modest meal”; and critics thought that “though dishes were well-prepared and presented, for verve and flavour they didn’t really punch up to their (high) price point”. Similarly, “service sometimes isn’t as good as it should be, but they are doing their best in difficult times”.

Summary

£89
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Opened by Sir Terence Conran in 1997 (on the first floor, above the eponymous Conran Shop) – this “calm and well-run”, light-filled Marylebone fixture remains one of the most consistent performers in the D&D London stable. Igor Tymchyshyn has been at the stoves since 2008 (and became ‘chef-patron’ in 2016), and his “top quality” and “well-presented” modern cuisine is served by “accommodating and unfussy” staff in a stylish setting: a narrowly-proportioned room, with great views of the adjacent church. Top Tip – “the ‘secret’ rooftop terrace is a joy on a summer’s evening”.

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55 Marylebone High St, London, W1U 5RB

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Highchair,Portions
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Orrery Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Orrery Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Orrery restaurant.
Nat F
Upon entering the restaurant, the concierge...
Reviewed 8 months, 1 day ago

"Upon entering the restaurant, the concierge desk was not manned. We had to wait a while before someone came to welcome us. We were seated on the beautiful terrace, which was great on the summers day. Service started warm and friendly from the head sommelier, however, from the other waiters, service was cold with minimal conversation and niceties. Waited a while after each course for plates to be cleared, and bread plates were taken away without asking if we wanted more bread. Food was simple, executed moderately well, however the bresola dish was slightly odd, with large chunks of leek. A birthday plate was presented after desserts with no candle, nor any edible food, just chocolate writing on a plate which was slightly odd. Overall, a nicely decorated restaurant, let down by average service, and average food. Needs some refinement to be considered one of the top restaurants in the area. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £35.00 £40.00
Dinner £58.00 £68.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 125.00 Always available 6
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £36.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Service 13.50%
55 Marylebone High St, London, W1U 5RB
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm

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