This is the restaurant on the lower ground floor - it is visually stunning as you enter with large decorated tables and a beautiful bar area.
We had lunch here as we could not be admitted to the top floor restaurant for high tea - they have a "No Wellingtons" dress code - even when it is snowing, so beware. We trotted off back to the lower floor and watched the snow fall for a couple of hours while we ate.
Lunch was delightful - despite the rocky start we ordered our mains and a bottle of wine - fish and chips, a beef fillet and a risotto. All the dishes were delicious. The beef was the most expensive but it was a tasty cut of meat and cooked to perfection. The fish and chips had a light, crisp batter and actually had a most marvellous flavour to them. Our waiter even offered us some vinegar to accompany it - very British! The risotto was also excellent. Desserts came after that with the stand out being the famous Knickerbocker Glory - their own creation.
Altogether it was an afternoon well spent - at no time were we rushed - the service was friendly but formal.
The killer here is the VAT plus the automatic gratuity - it bumps up the bill quite a lot if you are not aware of it.
However, this is a restaurant that makes you feel welcome and serves really good food that is cooked beautifully. It is well worth the money.
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