RestaurantsLondonMayfairW1

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Summary

£101
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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.

“Proper man food!” is to be found at this “very old-school” Mayfair favourite – a dining room behind a well-known Young’s pub in a cute central mews, which feels “like a different century” (est 1952). “If you like steak in a traditional environment”, look no further: “there’s an extensive menu including a mighty mixed grill, a variety of prime grass-fed steaks or tempting traditional pies”. “Best of all, you can then go on for drinks in the attached pub!” No hiding, though, that its performance has taken a knock in these troubled times. While it’s always been “a bit expensive (but completely unique)”, some meals this year badly missed the mark due to service that was “nothing special” or poor preparation (“The Guinea used to be one of my favourite destinations for a sumptuous piece of charcoal-grilled beef, but the rib steak on my last visit was so tough it has hardly fit to eat”). BREAKING NEWS: In July 2022, Oisin Rogers, who has managed the dining room here for the last 6 years, announced he is moving on to pastures new.

Summary

£101
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3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Superb devilled kidneys” and “the best steak & kidney pies in London” take second place to the high-quality British steaks cooked on an open grill that are the headline act at this venerable Mayfair institution, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Business entertaining goes down particularly well here: “clients love the fact that the Grill is through the pub and hidden at the back”.

Summary

£75
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Splendid old pub” in a cute Mayfair mews whose adjoining “old school” grill-house – “various small rooms packed with tables” – may be “noisy and less-than-comfortable”, but is “an institution” for those fond of a “fabulous steak” or meat pie. “Superb beef and lamb are cooked on the open charcoal grill (you can choose your cut on the way in)” and the meat is of “consummate quality”. With its “excellent real ale” it’s a “good place for the boys” but its “sky-high prices” can deepen the impression of catering for a “principally male, expense-account clientele”. Top Tip – in early 2019, landlord Oison Rogers started opening for breakfast: “full English in meaty portions”.

Summary

£75
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Splendid old pub” in a cute Mayfair mews whose adjoining “old school” grill-house – “various small rooms packed with tables” – may be “noisy and less-than-comfortable”, but is “an institution” for those fond of a “fabulous steak” or meat pie. “Superb beef and lamb are cooked on the open charcoal grill (you can choose your cut on the way in)” and the meat is of “consummate quality”. With its “excellent real ale” it’s a “good place for the boys” but its “sky-high prices” can deepen the impression of catering for a “principally male, expense-account clientele”. Top Tip – in early 2019, landlord Oison Rogers started opening for breakfast: “full English in meaty portions”.

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The Guinea Grill Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Guinea Grill Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Guinea Grill restaurant.
Lynn T
Pre pandemic we loved going for Sunday lunc...
Reviewed 3 months, 5 days ago

"Pre pandemic we loved going for Sunday lunch when in London. Never again! This time the food was only average. Practically raw broccoli, burnt roast potatoes, thin flavourless gravy. Even more tables shoehorned in, making it uncomfortable and claustrophobic. Little space between tables, and when the waiter served the next table, his backside was inches away from my face. Sadly, we will not return."

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david h
Great traditional pub/ steak restaurant, st...
Reviewed 4 months, 21 days ago

"Great traditional pub/ steak restaurant, still one of the best in London . "

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Anthony M
I have marked it a 4 for the sublime salt w...
Reviewed 10 months, 20 days ago

"I have marked it a 4 for the sublime salt washed steaks but would give a 3 otherwise. It's an atmospheric but rather cosy room therefore better for a celebratory lunch than a business one."

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James A
Shockingly bad. The beef wellington was orr...
Reviewed 11 months, 18 days ago

"Shockingly bad. The beef wellington was orrery disgusting and the vegetables were not well cooked. In the new room opposite the old one which is pretty lifeless. Experienced waiters barking at the new ones telling them what they did wrong. Avoid. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£15.00 £45.00 £6.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £21.00
Filter Coffee £4.05
Extras  
Service 12.50%
30 Bruton Pl, London, W1J 6NL
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10 pm

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