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Summary

£78
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Exemplary Italian ingredients cooked to perfection” and “served impeccably by delightful people” has earned a glowing reputation for the English-born former River Café chef, whose dining room off the foyer of the 1970s-built Intercontinental Hotel tower near Hyde Park Corner provides some of London’s best Italian cuisine. The “soulless setting” always attracts adverse comment, although it is “much improved” since its renovation a few years back.

Summary

£78
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Exemplary Italian ingredients cooked to perfection” and “served impeccably by delightful people” has earned a glowing reputation for the English-born former River Café chef, whose dining room off the foyer of the 1970s-built Intercontinental Hotel tower near Hyde Park Corner provides some of London’s best Italian cuisine. The “soulless setting” always attracts adverse comment, although it is “much improved” since its renovation a few years back.

Summary

£90
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The home of some of “the best Italian food going” is how fans recommend this ex-River Café head chef’s luxurious dining room, just off a hotel foyer by Hyde Park Corner, which also benefits from an “enormous and interesting wine list” (although the latter “can bring tears to your wallet”). The space lacks natural light, but the revamp a couple of years ago has made it more “charming”.

Summary

£91
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fabulous Italian cuisine in hearty portions” and “friendly” service delight fans of this ex-River Café chef’s “calm and quiet” HQ, off the foyer of a luxury hotel by Hyde Park Corner. As ever, there are gripes that “it feels very much like a brightly-lit ‘hotel’ restaurant”, but the consensus is that “the refurbishment to the room a couple of years ago is a definite improvement”.

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Have you eaten at Theo Randall at the InterContinental London Park Lane?

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair, Menu
25, 24
No dress code
145

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £29.00 £35.00
Brunch   £49.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 70.00 Dinner only 5

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£26.00 £38.00 £8.00 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £54.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Bread £5.00
Service 12.50%

Harden's says...

Theo Randall W1

What are hotel restaurants for? It's a question that many hotels struggle with, especially in cities with vibrant restaurant scenes.


A haven of gastronomy is one obvious answer, so recruiting a 'name' chef is step one. For many years, Theo Randall headed up the kitchen at the River Café, so putting his name up in lights suggests that's the plan here. If so, this place, in the early days at least, is an abject failure. Only one dish out of eight sampled stood out, and that dish- an excellent carpaccio - unfortunately came at the beginning. Two plates of pasta were ho-hum. A generous main course portion of John Dory was on the verge of being overcooked, and a fish stew similarly failed to raise the spirits. Lemon tart - perhaps the ultimate 'critical test' dish - was too creamy truly to satisfy.


And prices are vertiginous. Our dinner for two, including two glasses of champagne and a bottle of pretty standard wine, would weigh in around the £200 mark. You can eat almost anywhere in London for this money, and usually much better.


But, you cry, surely the place must have other uses? Well, we couldn't see any. Dinner with your Mayfair mistress? Forget it: this cold and unflatteringly-lit dining room is as unromantic a location as central London affords.


Business, then? The tables are well-spaced, so at first sight this seems a runner. But the acoustics are poor and conversation - with the room at most a third full - was surprisingly difficult. And service, at least in these early days, is well below the level you might hope for.


It left us stumped. Hotel groups have so many resources at their disposal. Is that why so many of them continue to get their dining rooms so disastrously wrong?


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InterContinental London, Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7QY
Opening hours
Monday6:30 am‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday6:30 am‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday6:30 am‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Thursday6:30 am‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Friday6:30 am‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Saturday6:30 am‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Sunday6:30 am‑3:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm

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