Harden's survey result
“One of the most magical afternoon tea locations” – “overseas guests are particularly impressed by the sumptuous surroundings” of this “OTT” rococo chamber (the original Café Royal Grill Room, dating back to 1865), which comes “with loads of mirrors and gold leaf” and flamboyant murals. “Don’t go just for the room”, though – “staff are great (making you feel special without being too pompous), while the sandwiches are varied and plentiful”, pastries are “featherlight” and there are a variety of options for tea itself.
“The most wonderful room is a beautiful backdrop to a superb afternoon tea” (the only meal the room currently supplies) in this gilded chamber (the original ‘Café Royal Grill’ dating back to 1865), whose “sumptuously elaborate” rococo decor is one of the finest historic restaurant spaces in town: “wonderful sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries… and the pianist was the icing on the cake!” The hotel are permanently rumbling about re-launching the space and returning it to its former glory, so change may be afoot.
Famous for its rococo decor, this truly dazzling room, a short hop from Piccadilly Circus, is one of London’s most venerable restaurant spaces (dating from 1865), but – despite various reformattings by different owners – has sunk from view in recent times. More change may be on the cards in 2018, but for the time being it’s mainly worth visiting for its award winning afternoon tea.
“Just amazing! The theatre of the whole thing”. This “most beautiful room” – dating back to 1865 and formerly known as the Café Royal Grill – nowadays operates as a bar within what, in latter years, has become an über-swanky hotel. Most of the feedback it attracts relates to the afternoon tea – “more of a full meal!” but “wonderful”.
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
68 Regent St, London, W1B 4DY
lunch 2 pm - 5.30 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 1 am, Thu & Fri 3 am
Last orders: 6 pm