What a place! I knew the English Restaurant did the best coffee in London but I was blown away by the quality of the food. If you want great food served to you in what I can only describe as a Sherlock Holmes/Dickensian restaurant this is your place. I am not sure what to write about first, the food, the wine, the staff or the ambiance. May be all in that order
The food - We had the any three for £28 (some dishes have supplement but for an extra £2 you can have oysters) There were 8 of us dining that evening and we nearly all had different dishes. I am a bit of a gannet and always manage to try other peoples dishes. They were all very beautiful. I have to tell you that I had the beef pudding (I think it might have been ox cheek). I though I had died and gone to heaven! What i would give to have this recipe (or have a few frozen do I could take them home. I will be back even if it is just for this one dish allow. The lovely French waitress came to take the orders for the desserts. After a few mins and a discussion about my like and dislikes (I love all food so this did not help) she suggested hands down I have the choc fondant. She was not wrong. It was the best I had had. top stars on quality, timing and more to the point price!
The wine - I let my boss pick the wine as he is a bit of a wine snob. It was nice to see him get excited reading through the list making funny noises that suggested he was torn between this that and the other! I guess the wine list was good as he took a long time. Oh and the wine was perfect when it came to the table.
The Staff - They were very busy as it was a Friday night, but not to busy to make us feel special. We were greeted, seated and make to feel very comfy. At no point did we have the horrid feeling of not being cared for or over cared for. The staff here where very lovely and informed about all the dishes.
The ambiance - It such a beautiful place. Candles light, Fire going (if you are luck enough to book a table in time and have the what I liked to call the private dining room!) Down stairs they had jazz music playing which was lovely to hear every time you passed.
I am giving the English Restaurant 5 stars. I have read some of the reviews about this place and I am shocked that they are bad ones. I think the only thing to do it go again and see if I have the same experience again... I have a funny feeling I will it just an excuse to go any fill myself up with beef pudding! Just thinking about it make me hungry! I wonder if they do take away!
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