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£111
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Yes, it is expensive (if not by Mayfair standards) but it is a meat-lover’s nirvana in a great setting” – that’s long been the accepted view on this quirky, grill room (est. 1952) behind a Young’s pub, tucked away in a scenic central mews. “Old fashioned pies, mixed grills and excellent steaks” are washed down with an “impressive, if over-priced, wine list” and served in a quaint, period setting, whose “overcrowded tables are part of the experience”. In the last couple of years, though (even prior to the departure last year of well-known manager Oisín Rogers), ratings have been on the slide. Some “shockingly bad” cooking has been reported, alongside service that’s “so indifferent”; and the current impression is that they are relying ever more heavily on their “captive market” of local business-lunchers.

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£101
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* 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.

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£101
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* 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”.

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£75
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* 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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30 Bruton Pl, London, W1J 6NL

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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.
Roy W
Great food but packed in like sardines....
Reviewed 7 months, 29 days ago

"Great food but packed in like sardines."

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Anthony M
We love it there although it's got rather p...
Reviewed 9 months, 3 days ago

"We love it there although it's got rather pricey. Old school and a bit cramped if on a table for two, Never been let down on the food front although getting harder to find any value in one list - ask for bin end deals. Service friendly although can get a bit chaotic. Looking forward to returning now it has the restaurant extension and is hopefully a bit less congested when dining? "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£18.00 £42.00 £6.00 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £51.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Bread £5.00
Service 10.00%
30 Bruton Pl, London, W1J 6NL
Opening hours
Monday11 am‑11 pm
Tuesday11 am‑11 pm
Wednesday11 am‑11 pm
Thursday11 am‑11 pm
Friday11 am‑11 pm
Saturday11 am‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑11 pm

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