British, Traditional Restaurants in Mayfair
1. The Ritz British, Traditional restaurant in Mayfair 150 Piccadilly - W1
“One of the best rooms in London, if not in the world!” – this “most beautiful” Louis XVI chamber provides a “glorious” riot of bronze, marble, painted ceiling and mirrors. From the kitchen overseen by John Williams, the “traditional Anglo-French dishes served from splendid silver carts” provide “an utterly magnificent and delightfully plutocratic experience… if sadly with prices to match”. “Service treats you like royalty”, and “for a romantic evening, you can’t beat it” (especially, for older lovebirds, if combined with the evenings of music and dance).
2. The Guinea Grill Steaks & grills restaurant in Mayfair 30 Bruton Pl - W1
“Old school” grill room adjacent to a tucked-away Mayfair mews pub, whose traditional British pies and steaks have grown more fashionable in recent years, and led something of a renaissance for its profile. A natural favourite for expense-accounters, the relatively grand “back dining room is the best for business”, or you can grab one of their award-winning steak ’n’ kidney puds in the small and cosy bar at the front.
3. Corrigan’s Mayfair British, Traditional restaurant in Mayfair 28 Upper Grosvenor St - W1
Richard Corrigan’s “understated”, “comfortable” and “well-spaced” Mayfair HQ is a “perfect place for business”, particularly of a slightly traditionalist nature, given its high quality, luxurious British cuisine (available à la carte, or with a tasting option). To the extent that it draws criticism, it’s, perhaps predictably, primarily for being “too expensive for what it is” – take the company’s plastic. Top Tip: “set lunch is exceptional value”.
4. Butler’s Restaurant, The Chesterfield Mayfair British, Traditional restaurant in Mayfair 35 Charles St - W1
“Like an old London club”, this traditional Mayfair dining room is “spacious” and “there is absolutely no rush to serve you and get you out”. In a similar vein, “you wouldn’t necessarily go there for the food”, except for the afternoon tea in the adjoining ‘Conservatory’, go for the classic or novelty-themed version (it’s currently ‘The Original Sweetshop’).
5. Scott’s Fish & seafood restaurant in Mayfair 20 Mount St - W1
“You feel like you are ‘somebody’ on walking in, and the gloss stays with you for a while after you leave” at Richard Caring’s “legendary” Mayfair veteran (007’s favourite lunch spot), whose “classically elegant” interior “oozes class”, and where “every table looks like they’re famous”. On the menu – “sensational”, “classic fish dishes” and “some of the best seafood in London” – indeed, only Sheekey’s keeps it from being voted London’s best in that department (although, unlike its stablemate, here “tables are far enough apart for business”). All this “glam, glam, glam” comes with a slight edge, though: in particular, the “very professional” service “can come with an attitude that matches the A-list clientele”.
6. The Windmill British, Traditional restaurant in Mayfair 6-8 Mill St - W1
Not a vintage year for this classic, “slightly shabby” Mayfair boozer famous for “first-class pies, and well-kept beer to boot”. Fans do still applaud “excellent English cooking”, but a number of regulars filed disappointing reports: “standards dropping off…”; “didn’t live up to the hype…”; “the fire alarm in the kitchen went off they burnt the pie so badly!”
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