Harden's survey result
For 25 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. This year diners have submitted over 60,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK.
“The most beautiful dining room on the planet” – this “stunning” Louis XVI chamber is “a wonderful place for a celebratory experience”, especially a romantic one. The “glorious classical cuisine” has “stepped up a notch” in recent years, and “even though it’s eye-wateringly expensive it’s always impressive”, and delivered by “knowledgeable and passionate staff”. Top Tip – “the latest incarnation of its weekend dinner dance is also excellent”.
“London’s most beautiful dining room” (decorated in the style of Louis XVI) “never fails to work its magic” (and you can also “eat out on the terrace overlooking Green Park for a lovely treat”). Historically the “exemplary” service has tended to outshine the “traditional” British cuisine here, but most reports this year found it “exceptionally good in every way”. Top Tip – “the dinner-dance on Friday and Saturday is a top experience”.
“The loveliest dining room in London” – this “wonderfully romantic” Louis XVI-style chamber is “a proper, old-school, fine-dining experience”; it’s not a reliable one, however, given food that can be “poor”, and even ardent fans can find the bill “shocking”.
“Totally overwhelming” in its “magical” Louis XVI style, this chamber overlooking Green Park is often acclaimed as “the most elegant dining room in England”; “it doesn’t always get the best food crits” but many “marvellous” meals were reported this year… as you’d hope, given the “daunting” prices.
The Michelin starred Ritz Restaurant, if often described as one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world. The soaring floor to ceiling windows, towering marble columns and dazzling garlands of chandeliers reflected in the wall of panelled mirrors, create one of the most spectacular interiors, as charming by day as by night.
Executive Chef, John Williams MBE creates menus featuring great classic dishes alongside British specialities, precisely executed and impeccably presented, using the very best quality British produce in season. The award-winning team of sommeliers can select the perfect wines to accompany each meal. The Restaurant team deliver The Ritz hallmark of excellence to every guest with an impeccable personalised service.
The Ritz Restaurant is one of the few venues in the city to offer a classic combination of fine dining and live entertainment. Every Friday and Saturday evening, guests can enjoy a spectacular four-course dinner with dancing to the sounds of a live band with fabulous dancers performing the Tango, Rumba and Salsa.
This night is guaranteed to get everyone up on the dance floor.
John Williams MBE joined The Ritz as Executive Chef in 2004, bringing three decades of hospitality experience to the kitchen team. In his capacity as Executive Chef, he oversees a kitchen brigade of over 60 chefs and is responsible for the menus in The Ritz Restaurant, The Palm Court, The Rivoli Bar, Room Service and the banqueting and private dining rooms.
With his menus, John Williams MBE continues to build on the principles and beliefs of Auguste Escoffier, drawing inspiration from classic dishes and making them relevant to today’s diner using the very best quality British produce in season.
John Williams developed his passion for food at an early age. Taught by his mother to cook, his culinary interests began with cookery classes at school and continued as he studied at South Shields College and later at Westminster College. John’s glittering career, began with his first position as a Commis Chef at the Percy Arms Hotel Otterburn in 1974 and includes an impressive 18-year tenure with the Savoy Group.
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The Ritz Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A stunning meal in a fantastic hotel is the best way to describe our dining experience. The moment you arrive you are amazed by the exquisite decor and the absolutely friendly & professional staff who look after you and make you feel so welcome. As you make your way down the beautiful corridor passing where they have afternoon tea to the end where you presented with a gorgeous view of the amazing dining room to where the fantastic experience begins as the waiters & sommelier take over and I have to say the service was of the highest order. While we looked at the menu we enjoyed a lovely glass of Charles Heidsieck Champagne. Our decision was to go for the Menu Surprise which was to be a Six Course Tasting Menu but instead of having the Matched Wines we decided to choose our own with the help and excellent advice from the sommelier . So now we move onto the food to which under the inspiration of Chef John Williams was as amazing as the dining room itself. We started with some delightful snacks before moving onto our first course a fantastic Foie Gras dish with a slice of toasted brioche this was followed by a heavenly Langoustine course then it was a Celeriac dish which was prepared at the table as was the sauce for the following Turbot course before the main dish a truly outstanding Beef Wellington which was absolutely stunning & matched with a superb Barbera D'Alba red wine. Our next course was cheese but with a difference a delightful Goats Cheese twill with pear before the main dessert a Chocolate mousse with a chestnut purÃ©e and topped with meringue and with coffee plus delicious petit fours to finish our amazing lunch came to its conclusion but will never be forgotten because its was definitely a experience to remember for a long time. This is certainly a restaurant that I would highly recommend and when it's situated in this magnificent hotel where the attention you get even before you enter the dining room is hospitality at its finest it wouldn't be a hard decision to return"
"This is the place for that special dining experience. It never fails to please on all counts. The latest incarnation of the dinner dance is also excellent."
"The room, the showmanship, the attentive service and now the food has stepped up a notch as well. A wonderful place for a celebratory experience."