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Trinity’s celebrated chef, Adam Byatt, has relaunched this stately panelled dining room of the foyer of one of Mayfair’s most historic hotels, nowadays owned by Rocco Forte.

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£118
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The great Jesus Adorno and his team (aided by his no. 2 Paul Stabbins) have brought the charm and atmosphere of the hugely missed Le Caprice” to this “very smooth operation” within Rocco Forte’s London flagship hotel, which fans say is “the new classiest place in town” (Adorno joined in 2021). It occupies a fine, panelled dining room that for traditionalists is “one of the loveliest in the capital”, complete with “marvellous spacious tables”. Since 2019, Adam Byatt (of Trinity, see also) has overseen the kitchen, which gives a modern spin to the preparation of top British ingredients: “wonderful” if not especially foodie. BREAKING NEWS: in early September 2023, it was announced that Jesus would be leaving Charlie’s to re-join Jeremy King in founding a new restaurant back on the site of Le Caprice (but under a different name). These will be big shoes to fill here…

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£93
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Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Jesus has worked another miracle” at this Mayfair landmark: the Jesus in question being Jesus Adorno, former maître d’ of Le Caprice, who joined in September 2021. It was an inspired appointment, and with his “quite exceptional” team he has helped further raise the game of this “beautiful” Mayfair dining room, where Adam Byatt (of Trinity) and his head chef Matthew Stirling have, since 2019, been brought on board to provide a “lovely” seasonal British menu of upscale brasserie fare. Despite its “well-spaced” tables and fine wood panelling, the venue has never in recent decades fully capitalised on its virtues as one of London’s better traditional hotel dining spaces. That time is now!

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£93
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Chef-director Adam Byatt (of Clapham’s exceptional Trinity) is the latest incumbent of this splendidly traditional panelled chamber in one of Mayfair’s landmark hotels, which has seen a succession of occupants come and go over the years. On its 2019 launch it inspired up-and-down press critiques, but all our (admittedly limited) feedback in the current survey was very complimentary about Matthew Starling’s modern European cuisine, and in September 2021 a long-time maître d’ at Le Caprice, Jesus Adorno, joins the team to add further sparkle.

Summary

Trinity’s celebrated chef, Adam Byatt, is set to relaunch this stately panelled dining room of the foyer of one of Mayfair’s most historic hotels, nowadays owned by Rocco Forte (whose late father, Lord Charles Forte inspired the name of this new venture). Adam is the latest in a succession of chefs (most recently Heinz Beck, of Beck at Browns, RIP) who have somehow failed to hit a home-run in this potentially splendid, traditional chamber. According to the PR we should expect an ‘evolution of great British cuisine… while embracing a bygone era of service with a sense of theatre’.

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Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
No dress code

Charlie's at Brown’s Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Charlie's at Brown’s Restaurant in W1S, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Charlie's at Brown’s restaurant.
Timothy H
The unadventurous menu is sometimes badly c...
Reviewed 3 months, 25 days ago

"The unadventurous menu is sometimes badly cooked. We endured a dismal, dry, overcooked, warmed up game pie, pale and undercooked ‘three times cooked’ chips, with creamed spinach so liquidised that it was really a sauce. The restaurant is comfortable and quiet and the service is good, although not as good as it used to be, but it was virtually empty when we went, in my view for good reason, so not much fun. Expensive and not worth it. Never again. "

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Hugh N
jazz evening on Sunday night is highly reco...
Reviewed 8 months, 13 days ago

"jazz evening on Sunday night is highly recommended. very well executed safe menu of classic tasty dishes such as chicken milanese, calves liver with mash or delicious cold sirloin with chips and salad."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
SundayLunch £65.00 £75.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£17.00 £37.00 £8.00 £14.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £45.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Service 13.00%
Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑3:30 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm

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