We ventured down for lunch without a booking on a Thursday and so glad we did. Front of restaurant ladies not the most warm or engaging but we were delighted to have a table on our child free lunch date.
First off, the restaurant is gorgeous. Historical, grand and understated. Not easy to accomplish, the gin bar very attractive but as it was lunch so we abstained. We chose the set three course lunch, wonderful variety and we weren't disappointed. We loved the tomato entree, mains - the pork chop and sea trout were delicious. Desserts loved loved the best bread & butter pudding we've ever had.
After the initial coldish arrival the restaurant staff were fantastic! Jan michel ( hope that spelling is right) as maitre de was warm and friendly. We were very happy to have the lovely Conor look after us and he had the right balance of service and personality perfected. He really made our experience perfect, we bought two copies of Marcus new cookbook and were delighted with the personal inscription. Sommelier was so friendly and approachable and picked a gorgeous light red for us, we just really enjoyed our date. A tour of the kitchen was an added treat and as a huge Marcus Wareing fan really my day. Just wish he had been there, probably best for him he wasn't.
Have recommended to friends and hope to be back.
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