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“Afternoon tea.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Lyttelton

The Lyttelton
The Stafford London by Kempinski | St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A 1NJ, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
+44 20 7493 0111
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Ranked #1,652 of 16,892 restaurants in London
Cuisines: Mediterranean, British
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Good for: Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park 
Description: Set within 3 linked townhouses in well-heeled St. James's, The Stafford Hotel exudes an air of bygone gentility. Featuring an ivory and grey colour palette, rich floral fabrics, unique artwork, and a custom-crafted chandelier, The Lyttelton at The Stafford has been designed to evoke the feeling of dining in a friend's home. With a name that pays homage to the hotel's historical residents - in the 19th century the building was the private residence of Lord and Lady Lyttelton - the restaurant will move away from traditional fine dining to offer a casually elegant, welcoming atmosphere. The Lyttelton offers seasonal British cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with the ever popular afternoon tea. We also offer a fantastic set lunch and pre-theatre menu. Dishes like baked hake with sprout tops, English bacon and chestnuts will ensure guests taste something rarely seen elsewhere in the city; rustic interpretations of British cuisine that emphasise the season's best local produce.
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Afternoon tea.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My boyfriend and I went for an afternoon tea at the Stafford hotel and could not be happier about our choice. The staff in the lounge-bar was really friendly, willing to explain all the different details about the menu and the food. We had the regular Lyttelton afternoon tea (there is a gluten free option as well), and it was nicely served in three tiers. The scones were lovely, with extra clotted cream if requested!
It was really enjoyable, and I would not mind coming back to this hotel for the afternoon tea. However, I feel like the next time I will try it in other place, just because there is a huge offer in London.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Stafford restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The food was really good. The staff was wonderful and very helpful with the menu. The atmosphere was quiet but pretty.

Visited October 2012
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Faded glory?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Never having been before, I was very much looking forward to having lunch here with a friend who knew it well in its heyday, when Charles was king of the bar, the wartime memorabilia-laden walls still bearing several tributes to his charisma. Those days however are long past and though the hotel has recently had a restaurant makeover, a sense of faded glory still hangs in the air.

There were many good points about the meal. The pre-prandial Pol Roger champagne was excellent as was my starter of seared scallops served on a slate with pork belly and spinach. Both of us had the half lobster for main course accompanied by a Gewurztraminer with an exceptional bouquet. The small size of the lobster was welcome in week of overeating but the soggy texture of the fries with skins was a minor disappointment. Dessert however was a disaster. The meringue was dry and hard and the cherries and cream filling was bland and uninspired - cherries this tasteless need marinating to give the dish at least a semblance of flavour. Almost £10.00 a pop, adds financial insult to culinary injury.

The service was just about adequate but failed to really engage. There was only one other table occupied during the whole two hours and yet staff were absent from the room for most of the time. They were polite but seemed to have their minds focused on other things than the client. Our waiter did explain they were currently between chefs and times of transition can be difficult of course. Competition locally however is fierce with many outstanding restaurants in the vicinity. There is still potential for a unique and winsome dining experience in this historic place but the incoming chef has his work cut out to overcome that sad sense of something once special, now long departed.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Gold Coast
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Tasty meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Disorientated and jet lagged we stumbled into this restaurant from a courtyard rather than via the main entrance. It was early evening and the restaurant was very quiet. Staff were friendly and the wild mushroom risotto, although it looked insipid, was surprisingly tasty and very filling.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, Minnesota
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134 reviews 134 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We booked this restaurant because it came with a package from American Express. After doing some research I saw a very negative review in The Guardian paper. I really considered canceling based on this but am SO happy I didn't. The food was outstanding. Every dish we had was better than the next. I ordered the fish and it could not have been better. Glad we went. Wonderful atmosphere and outstanding service combined with fabulous food.

Visited June 2013
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