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Summary

£62
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The place to go to impress anybody!” – Corbin & King’s “elegant classic” next to The Ritz remains a superb choice for most kinds of rendezvous, including a business meal for which it is yet again the survey’s No.1 choice. A “sumptuous-looking” chamber – originally built as an Edwardian car showroom (whose brand survives only in the restaurant’s name) – it is styled as a Continental “Grand Café”, and the “large open space has an old-world glamour”, whose “buzz makes for a very memorable occasion”. Despite the pressures of such a big venue, service typically is “smart and crisp” and immaculately besuited owner “Jeremy King walks the floor and has a wonderful memory for regulars” (many of whom are famous faces). “So long as you don’t expect haute cuisine”, the brasserie fare is “generally sound”, and at its best is “comfort food done really well”. (Do not go anticipating any culinary fireworks!). An archetypal London experience – it offers “the epitome of all-day dining”, from its “classic old-school breakfast” onwards (for which it’s also the survey’s No. 1 choice) and is “just the place to take an out-of-towner for brunch”. “Afternoon tea is an absolute bargain too – particularly as they will bring you more cakes if you ask!” (“Crikey, we missed The Wolseley during lockdown. It feels even more special now!”)

Summary

£68
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Always buzzing whatever the time of day”: Corbin & King’s “magnificent” Grand Café near The Ritz remains a linchpin of metropolitan life; the capital’s No. 1 venue for a business meal – especially breakfast; and “a must-visit” for anyone getting to know London. “The space always impresses” – a converted Edwardian car-showroom that provides a “uniquely London” take on a “vast Belle-Époch-style brasserie”. It has “the right cosmopolitan feel” to lend an air of sophistication to any meal, plus “familiar faces from media and TV” to inject further excitement. “There’s a huge menu, so you’ll always find something you fancy”, but while its “retro”, “comfort” cuisine (with a Mittel-European twist) is “served with urbane panache”, it is widely acknowledged by regulars that the dishes themselves are “uninspired” and taste “to be honest, average”. But who cares? “It is hard not to love this place”. Top Tip – “A grand setting for a quintessential and well-priced afternoon tea experience”.

Summary

£68
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Always buzzing whatever the time of day”: Corbin & King’s “magnificent” Grand Café near The Ritz remains a linchpin of metropolitan life; the capital’s No. 1 venue for a business meal – especially breakfast; and “a must-visit” for anyone getting to know London. “The space always impresses” – a converted Edwardian car-showroom that provides a “uniquely London” take on a “vast Belle-Époch-style brasserie”. It has “the right cosmopolitan feel” to lend an air of sophistication to any meal, plus “familiar faces from media and TV” to inject further excitement. “There’s a huge menu, so you’ll always find something you fancy”, but while its “retro”, “comfort” cuisine (with a Mittel-European twist) is “served with urbane panache”, it is widely acknowledged by regulars that the dishes themselves are “uninspired” and taste “to be honest, average”. But who cares? “It is hard not to love this place”. Top Tip – “A grand setting for a quintessential and well-priced afternoon tea experience”.

Summary

£63
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2
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3
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5
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still the best place to take friends from abroad…”, “Still the best place for a business power breakfast…”, “Still the absolute best buzz in London!” – Corbin & King’s Grand Café near The Ritz is still at the centre of metropolitan life: a “highly tuned, effective and bustling brasserie” where the “fabulous room” means it “always feels like a glamorous treat”; and where the “interesting crowd” typically includes a few famous faces. Its “comprehensive menu” of comfort food (with some Mittel-european specials) is “not out-of-this-world” and has never aimed to be, but is generally “well executed and presented”. That said, laurel-resting is an ever-present danger here, and there were one or two more “underwhelming” meals reported this year. Likewise, while on most accounts “everything is so slick”, there have also been a few more reports recently of “mixed” and/or “brusque” service. Top Tip: “a good traditional afternoon tea, which (unlike so many places nowadays) doesn’t cost the earth”.

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The Wolseley Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Wolseley Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Wolseley restaurant.
Nicky K
Such a lovely environment, with delightfull...
Reviewed 5 months, 1 day ago

"Such a lovely environment, with delightfully helpful staff. "

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Robert K
The best place for breakfast in London all ...
Reviewed 5 months, 20 days ago

"The best place for breakfast in London all round in my opinion. It's got old world charm about it. Service is very good and it is a wonderful space. Not much more to say."

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Alia B
The service is always slick if, let's face ...
Reviewed 8 months, 20 days ago

"The service is always slick if, let's face it, slightly personality-free. Afternoon tea as good as ever, if a bit mean."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £26.50 £31.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£13.50 £29.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £31.50
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB
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Opening hours
Monday7 am‑5:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday7 am‑5:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday7 am‑5:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Thursday7 am‑5:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Friday7 am‑5:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Saturday8 am‑5:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Sunday8 am‑5:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm

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