RestaurantsLondonMaryleboneW1

survey result

Summary

£101
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A place to be a guest, not the host!” – this splashy Marylebone scene still attracts “the smart set” on account of its gorgeous decor and “stunning gardens”, but over half of reports on it are votes as London’s most overpriced restaurant. “The food takes second place to the venue”, while service – though friendlier than in its heyday – “can at times be rather amateurish”. All in all, it’s “a pleasant enough place, but £80 a head for a one-course Sunday brunch is a bit much. More than a bit much, in fact…”.

Summary

£104
£££££
1
Poor
1
Poor
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Five years on from its heyday as London’s hottest celeb hangout, this “gorgeous” Marylebone destination is a “contender for the most overpriced in town”, and attracts increasingly caustic comments: “how this poseur-filled dump hasn’t been found out yet is a complete mystery: with food that’s ‘all fur coat and no knickers’, and service which – if you’re not a member of the smart set or the Z-list – is appalling”. Some folks still respond to its shiny glamour, though: “the food is tasty and aesthetically pleasing… as are most of your fellow diners. Finish things off in the very sexy bar – if the romance doesn’t spark, ditch each other for the beautiful staff...”.

Summary

£104
£££££
1
Poor
1
Poor
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Five years on from its heyday as London’s hottest celeb hangout, this “gorgeous” Marylebone destination is a “contender for the most overpriced in town”, and attracts increasingly caustic comments: “how this poseur-filled dump hasn’t been found out yet is a complete mystery: with food that’s ‘all fur coat and no knickers’, and service which – if you’re not a member of the smart set or the Z-list – is appalling”. Some folks still respond to its shiny glamour, though: “the food is tasty and aesthetically pleasing… as are most of your fellow diners. Finish things off in the very sexy bar – if the romance doesn’t spark, ditch each other for the beautiful staff...”.

Summary

£99
 ££££
1
Poor
1
Poor
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Fans still “love, love, love” this beautiful-crowd Marylebone haunt which occupies a gorgeous building, complete with “lovely terrace” (“it makes me feel like I’m on holiday… perhaps New England… or in the South of France”). Critics, though (and, oh boy, there are bazoodles of ’em) deride it as “a place for poseurs”, whose “churned-out, style-over substance food”, “snooty service” and “joke prices” (“it makes The River Café look like a walk in the park”) “mark it out as a stand-out place to avoid”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code
Yes

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£16.00 £38.00 £10.00 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
1 Chiltern St, London, W1U 7PA
Opening hours
Monday3 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday3 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday3 pm‑10 pm
Thursday3 pm‑10 pm
Friday3 pm‑10 pm
Saturday3 pm‑10 pm
Sunday3 pm‑10 pm

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