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“What a treat”

The Goring Dining Room
Ranked #151 of 24,250 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Neighborhood: Westminster
Description: Located in the exclusive area of Belgravia, The Dining Room is an elegant setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Under the expert guidance of Executive Chef Shay Cooper, the menu of refined British food using the finest quality produce has attracted great interest on the London restaurant scene. Bathed in natural light by day and sumptuously aglow with custom Swarowski chandeliers at night, this David Linley designed restaurant has a special ambience to accompany the fine cuisine. Alongside an extensive wine and Champagne menu carefully selected by the Head Sommelier, the Bar & Lounge offers an irresistible cocktail list. With a menu that boasts Romney Marsh lamb, glazed lobster omelette, Scottish halibut and Beef Wellington, The Dining Room offers inspiring, delectable British cuisine and an indulgent dessert menu to suitably round off lunch or dinner. A truly special restaurant experience in the heart of Belgravia, The Dining Room at The Goring is within easy reach of London' finest theatres, luxurious department stores and boutique designer shops.
Reviewed March 2, 2013

After a somewhat troublesome career over the last 5 months, thankfully sorted out my wife and I decided to treat ourselves to the Lichtenstein Retrospective at the Tate Modern (brilliant) and then lunch here.

It's not cheap (well not to us) but the difference is evident the moment you arrive. Never have I witnessed such excellent service, everyone has the 'nothing is too much bother app' running all the time. The room itself is wonderful, bright with high ceilings, magnificent chandeliers and tables are reasonably spaced and a really good atmosphere. It was Friday lunchtime so I expect this is a busy time but although it was practically full there was no panic evident. Food was excellent (I had duck liver starter and gammon sliced at the table, both yummy) and the wine was nice too (French Merlot).

Great selection of cheeses that I sampled.

I must say I felt pretty bloated, in a nice way, afterwards so portions were not stingy.

Would certainly recommend lunching there mainly to witness 'how it should be done'.

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Thank C4LWX
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

The Goring's dining room is very attractive -  high ceilings, flowing drapes, and intriguing Swarofski chandeliers seemingly made out of old twigs, the only part of the experience that is out of place in a grand dining room. 

Sunday lunch doesn't mean it has to have roast beef, but it should certainly be good if that's what you fancy! Like a tradition club diningroom, you know what day of the week it is by what's on the specials - roast beef - oh, it must be Sunday. 

Starting with a modest quenelle of haggis, served with a moderate smear each of neeps and tatties, the taste outweighs the quantity and makes for an interesting choice, but perhaps not a complete success. Lobster omelette, tasting so light and fluffy it was almost a soufflé was enjoyed by my other half. 

Wine, ordered earlier, was tested by the sommelier, before being expertly decanted at the table against a candle - even though we had spurned the extensive choice from the old world and chosen a great new world for a lot less money. It was a pleasure to see around the room that different wine glasses were being used for differing varietals of grape.

So was the beef good? It was great, but perhaps not stunning. Served on the rarer side of medium, the taste was very good, and (coming from a well qualified Yorkshireman) the Yorkshire Pudding was pretty good - better than most offerings outside the promised land - along with a good tasting jus. However I felt there could have been another slice, and more vegetable than the offered modest helping of Savoy cabbage. If the budget is so tight they can't afford more, then why not add a couple of pounds to the £44 menu and serve an additional portion of veg? Yes, I know extras are available, but it is all about balance and perceived value.

We needed a rest before pudding to savour the remainder of our wine, and had to explain to three different waiters before they stopped trying to take our order. This is enthusiasm and a desire to serve, I'm sure (since it was late enough, they didn't need our table) yet communication here would have been appreciated - othertimes, they didn't ask who was having what, clearly communicating well out of earshot.

So onto the last course - puddings are wholesome in volume, and not lacking in quality as a concequence, with both bread and butter pudding, and rice pudding being enjoyed today. Offers of pudding wine had to be rejected, but the list was as impressive as before. Finishing with great coffee at extra cost, decent sized cups and strong, and hot milk served without having to ask.

So on balance, it was a good meal, but not quite the five point experience it should have been, based mainly on the proportional issues. The room was busy and there was plenty of staff to ensure that service didn't faulter.

Thank Mark S
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

4 of us had lunch at the Goring and sadly, despite our attempts to win over the waiters, were steadfastly ignored far too often. The overall service standard was too poor given that the meal itself was very pricey. The food, starting with a really yucky, over rich smoked salmon omlette thing was average at best and the carvery option was plain mean. Two tiny slices of lukewarm pork. I am really sorry to give such a mediocre review but the only great thing was our magnum of excellent claret!

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Thank foxbat
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We went to the Goring to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful meal set in a beautiful dining room. We had the set menu which included 2 glasses of wine and although the portions were not huge, my husband and I both felt we had more than enough to eat. The staff. ( many of whom are french) were very attentive and pleasant to speak with. There was no problem at all when my husband asked to replace the set dessert with a selection of cheese; they also brought us a beautiful piece of cake with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on the plate. Lovely evening!!

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1  Thank Cathy F
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Breakfast at The Goring is a wonderful experience.
A maginifcant dining room, superb service and the food is excellent.
English breakfast is so simple, but so easy to get wrong.
At the Goring all the ingredients are superb quality and it is just perfect.
Even the espresso was good.
It is the perfect way to start the day.
Considering the quality and service it is actually good value for money

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2  Thank Walter Z
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