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£59
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “real hidden gem” – the spectacular glass-ceilinged atrium at the Wallace Collection is a “great place to bring visitors to London”, just off Oxford Street; and serves breakfast, coffee and lunch every day, plus dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. For a full-blown meal, its “unhurried” service can grate, as can cooking that’s only “so so”. But where it undoubtedly scores is as a “lovely setting for a classic relaxed afternoon tea”“all very nice and proper”“with an excellent museum attached...”

Summary

£59
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “real hidden gem” – the spectacular glass-ceilinged atrium at the Wallace Collection is a “great place to bring visitors to London”, just off Oxford Street; and serves breakfast, coffee and lunch every day, plus dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. For a full-blown meal, its “unhurried” service can grate, as can cooking that’s only “so so”. But where it undoubtedly scores is as a “lovely setting for a classic relaxed afternoon tea”“all very nice and proper”“with an excellent museum attached...”

Summary

£58
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The beautiful glass-ceilinged atrium of the Wallace Collection museum in Marylebone provides the “perfect atmosphere for tea – very civilised and respectable”. “The café’s food (from caterer Peyton & Byrne) is hit and miss, service not brilliant but the space is really impressive”. “Always does the trick for a business meeting – so much better than sitting in a coffee shop”.

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£51
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “gorgeous setting” of the Wallace Collection’s café, in the glass-covered atrium of one of London’s most interesting smaller museums, “is delightful, especially on a bright day” – enough to transform a “teatime treat” into a “fairytale experience”. But “the food and service are not much more than so-so”“I hope it’s changed since the demise of Peyton & Byrne” (the caterers who went into administration in October 2016).

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The Wallace, The Wallace Collection Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Wallace, The Wallace Collection Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Wallace, The Wallace Collection restaurant.
Sylvia T
On two visits in 2020 we found the menu une...
Reviewed 10 months, 14 days ago

"On two visits in 2020 we found the menu unenterprising and a far cry from earlier years and serious errors of service (eg bringing wrong menu, getting the food order wrong). The first time we made allowances, but a second visit made us feel it had succumbed to the curse of the tourist destination (see also Oxo Tower), It's a shame because it is a very lovely space to eat in. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Main Veggies Pudding
£11.00 £3.50 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £2.10
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%

Harden's says...

Wallace W1

It has not always proved a recipe for long-term success, but even Oliver Peyton's most vociferous critics would concede he is one of our most progressive restaurateurs. All the more interesting, then, that, for his latest cultural-centre dining destination, his concept is the old-fashioned, no-nonsense Gallic brasserie.


Certain physical constraints arise from locating the brasserie in the rather echoey glazed courtyard of a small museum. Spiritually speaking, however, Peyton has gone pretty much the whole hog. The menu, in particular, is totally legit, including a fair amount of cold seafood. We eschewed the full-blown 'plâteau' experience, but our nicely-presented half dozen Fines de Claire oysters were indeed very fine. A frisee salad with an egg was also pretty well done.


Steak with béarnaise was also good, although the quality of the stringy frites was a source of some dissention in the ranks: just not crisp enough for some tastes. A bouillabaisse - consisting of the elegant presentation of a tasty soup over three rather small pieces of fish - was much enjoyed. Desserts, however, were a surprise disappointment. A slice of lemon tart (recommended) was mean and uninteresting, and a peach Melba fell rather flat too. Coffee was fine.


Was it just 'early days' - and a Monday too - that meant that this generally pretty good operation was little-patronised the lunchtime we visited? Or did it have something to do with the prices? - this review meal, with a glass of wine and a cup of coffee apiece, and a bottle of water, came to almost £45 each.


Come on Oliver: why not really do the brasserie thing properly, and bring in a bargain prix-fixe? That might bring 'em flooding in all the way from Selfridges.


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Hertford Hs, Manchester Sq, London, W1U 3BN
Opening hours
Monday10 am‑5 pm
Tuesday10 am‑5 pm
Wednesday10 am‑5 pm
Thursday10 am‑5 pm
Friday10 am‑5 pm
Saturday10 am‑5 pm
Sunday10 am‑5 pm

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