Last night I had Christmas drinks with an old friend in what feels like the home of an old friend - The Goring Hotel. I have never been in residence, although I suspect the experience would be every bit as good as the delicious lunches I have had in the restaurant and the odd event that I have attended in one of the reception rooms. Back to the bar...
It was very crowded last night, probably in the run up to Christmas, and there was also a birthday party in (I knew this as they were singing said greeting to one of their party - which I wish they had not!) Yet despite the dozens of other guests, I was greeted with the usual warm welcome by Brian and his team. They are such stars! Within minutes they had managed to find us a table and we were able to place our usual order: a glass of dry white wine for my friend and an ice cold vodka martini, straight up, with a twist of lime for me. They even remember what I drink (perhaps I should not have mentioned that as it could be interpreted as my having an alcohol problem, given they are so used to me - or perhaps I am just predictably boring!) I see this as a compliment as it is so nice to go to a venue where the staff don't change every day or where the drinks come in an out of fashion (... whatever happened to a Savoy Springtime after they refurbished and downgraded that establishment?) And the drinks are much better value that many other London drinking houses, especially when one considers the plates of homemade crisps, cheese straws and olives that are constantly refreshed - and the trays, groaning with delicious canapes that are served after 6 pm.
Dear Goring Hotel: please don't ever change. You are perfect as you are. Thank you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Having been lovingly refurbished, The Goring has entered a new era, yet retains its time-honoured style and exceptional service. The small, intimate hotel stands out from the crowd as London's last family-owned luxury hotel, as well as its unique Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen and one of the largest private gardens in the capital - an urban oasis. Nestled in fashionable Belgravia, adjacent to Buckingham Palace, this fantastic London location offers guests easy access to Knightsbridge, Mayfair and more - perfect for shopping and theatre, work and play. The hotel's sumptuous bedrooms and suites offer supreme comfort and the finest furnishings, whilst The Dining Room and Bar & Lounge serve the best in British food, irresistible cocktails and an award-winning traditional afternoon tea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Goring Hotel London
- Goring London
- The Goring London, England