Harden's survey result
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...”
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”.
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).
“A beautiful glass-ceilinged atrium” creates a “wonderful bright and open” atmosphere at this café adjoining the famous 18th-century palazzo and gallery. In other respects this Peyton & Byrne operation is a mixed bag – the food’s just about OK (stick to coffee and simpler items), while service is “a bit crap”.
The Wallace, The Wallace Collection Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The delightful glass-domed interior is now matched by very good food and excellent service. A brilliant location for a romantic lunch or to welcome visitors to London."
|Wine per bottle||£20.00|
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 'plÃ¢teau' 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.
Hertford Hs, Manchester Sq, London, W1U 3BN
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||10 am-4:30 pm|
|Tuesday||10 am-4:30 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am-4:30 pm|
|Thursday||10 am-4:30 pm|
|Friday||10 am-4:30 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||10 am-4:30 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Sunday||10 am-4:30 pm|