I visited The Lyttelton Restaurant on 21st March taking advantage of their Travelzoo offer. The restaurant prides itself on showcasing the best of British cuisine; however, the lack of identity is evident on the menu as you find scallops with Indian spices, Vietnamese broth, macaroni pasta and Thai curry amongst Shepherd's pie and grilled Dover sole.
If you are using your Travelzoo offer, you'll need to pay supplements for most of the decent dishes as the prices seem to have been carefully manipulated (Soups at £11.75 for example) to ensure nobody scaped an extra charge!. Steak was £25 and didn't come with any potatoes or vegetables (be ready for a £8 supplement). The waiters didn't explain what was included in the offer so I witnessed many disappointed dinners when they got their bill
It was bizarre the wine list wasn't handed out with the food menu but after the order was taken. The price of the wines were extortionate. I know they are a 5-star hotel but there should be an ethical limit to profit margins. I ordered the Torres at £34.50 which was probably the cheapest red on offer (you can find this wine in the supermarket for £6).
The dinning room has many impressive features but lacked atmosphere as it was located in a corridor between the bar and reception. The traffic of people going through was very disruptive and spoiled the meal.
Tables (so close to each other that you could hear the conversation of the people next to you) didn't have cloths, tea lights were from IKEA, butter was cut from a block and served on a saucer and service was so poor we had to pour our own wine. We asked for tap water and this was never topped up.
Quality of food was ok but it didn't justify the ridiculous prices. I think the management of this place have a lot to sort out before they see me back at The Lyttelton.
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