RestaurantsLondonStrandWC2

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£116
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You never go to The Savoy Grill just for the food” and that’s been true since this panelled chamber first opened over a century ago. In its heyday, it was THE venue for power dining and – even if it’s no longer packed with captains of industry – its “well spaced tables and great atmosphere” still earn numerous tips as a place to impress a client, aided by a “comprehensive wine list”. Run by Gordon Ramsay since 2003, the “traditional” food has had its ups and downs and has stuck in recent times in a perhaps overpriced, “not exceptional” but tolerable mould.

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£105
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of London’s iconic dining rooms”: this panelled chamber – just off the foyer of The Strand’s famous Art Deco landmark – still exudes “old-school elegance”, and, even if it’s not quite the pre-eminent power dining scene that it was in Thatcher’s day, it’s still popular with expense-accounters, who particularly appreciate its “comprehensive wine list”. Under the stewardship of the Gordon Ramsay group, its “classic (old-fashioned even) menu” is “pricey but fabulous” to fans, but a wider view is that it’s “moderately average and not cheap”: “nothing wrong but no sparkle”.

Summary

£105
£££££
2
Average
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of London’s iconic dining rooms”: this panelled chamber – just off the foyer of The Strand’s famous Art Deco landmark – still exudes “old-school elegance”, and, even if it’s not quite the pre-eminent power dining scene that it was in Thatcher’s day, it’s still popular with expense-accounters, who particularly appreciate its “comprehensive wine list”. Under the stewardship of the Gordon Ramsay group, its “classic (old-fashioned even) menu” is “pricey but fabulous” to fans, but a wider view is that it’s “moderately average and not cheap”: “nothing wrong but no sparkle”.

Summary

£101
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

For decades, this “atmospheric” and “impressive”, “panelled chamber” just off the foyer of The Strand’s famous Art Deco landmark was London’s power dining scene par excellence; and with its “old-fashioned” style and menu of “solid, traditional British staples” it remains a strong business favourite to this day. Under Gordon Ramsay’s management of the last 15 years, however, its performance has always been up-and-down, and this year’s was one of the weakest yet, with complaints about “average food” that’s “not good value for money” and a “dingy” overall ambience.

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The Savoy Hotel, Savoy Grill Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Savoy Hotel, Savoy Grill Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Savoy Hotel, Savoy Grill restaurant.
Don M
First Impressions Lunch for two. The luxury...
Reviewed 7 months, 26 days ago

"First Impressions Lunch for two. The luxury and opulence are immediate and very impressive. Walking in to the restaurant from the grand reception area the restaurant seems a little dark. Service As you would expect was of a very high standard. Time was given to chat, listen carefully and was attentive for the entire visit. Advice was good, the number of staff is high, very well organised and clearly hierarchical. The food Was middle of the road and stayed in the category of OK just good enough to avoid customer complaint. The portion sizes were generous. Had the Arnold Bennett souffle to start, quite large but mean on the smoked haddock, but enjoyable. Main course of Classic Beef Wellington, at £55 without any sides was a disappointment. I cannot move it out of the average category, pastry slightly undercooked and the wrapped layers unravelled on the plate. From a quality perspective not even close to the BW in Oslo Court. Sides, Pomme Puree was good. Charred Hispi Cabbage was poor, nearly cold and almost raw. The Wines As expected the wine list moves from pretty expensive to eye watering quickly. First choice was a Vermentino from Patrimonio, Corsica after a search it turned out to be unavailable, disappointing. Opted instead for a Chablis, not a Premier or Grand Cru but still a whopping £95 and then a half bottle of Brunello di Montalcino at a staggering £90. Many customers do know their retail wine prices and the markups with the service charge are extreme even for London. Overall experience If money is not your concern and you are NOT looking for a gastronomic experience then go. The bill with the 15% service charge for a Starter, Main, two sides, (no dessert) one and a half bottles of wine was £395 for two covers and represented the poorest value for money I have EVER encountered in a restaurant anywhere. As memories go this is an ever lasting one for all the wrong reasons. The current Hardens rating for 2022 is 2,2,3. My experience in April 2022 would award 2,4,3. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £39.00 £45.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Dinner only 5

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£22.00 £45.00 £7.50 £16.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £68.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Bread £2.00
Service 15.00%
Strand, London, WC2R 0EU
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3:15 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Tuesday12 pm‑3:15 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Wednesday12 pm‑3:15 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Thursday12 pm‑3:15 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Friday12 pm‑3:15 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Saturday12 pm‑3:15 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Sunday12 pm‑11:30 pm

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