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“Afternoon tea.”
Review of The Lyttelton - CLOSED

The Lyttelton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $105
Cuisines: Mediterranean, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: St. James's
Description: The Game Bird at the Stafford London is a contemporary tale about relaxed, informal dining any time of the day. A place to eat, drink and socialise, the focus is on modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache, all wrapped in a seductive ambience that oozes cool sophistication. The philosophy at The Game Bird is simple - dedicated to following the seasons and supporting local artisans including award-winning family owned farms, Executive Chef, James Durrant has created a ‘theatre of the senses’ menu based on uncomplicated excellence: local, seasonal produce sits alongside time honoured British classics. Centre of attention are the traditional handcrafted trolleys that overflow with signature dishes that both surprise and delight and include meat & game, own smoked & cured, pies, puddings & stews and a mouth-watering Sunday Roast. In a setting reminiscent of an exclusive private members club, a heady mix of classic British design captivates and enchants while intimate dining booths whisper seduction against a backdrop of pale blue walls and specially commissioned artwork from some of the country’s leading young British artists. For those in the know, the chic Champagne Bar is the place to slip away from the outside world and into a glass of chilled champagne or a martini cocktail before dining in the restaurant.
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.

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1  Thank Marta R
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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.

Thank MartaCat1
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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.

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1  Thank Trevor S
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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.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We initially booked here because we were staying at the hotel and through our booking were entitiled to a free dinner. We figured that since we were arriving that day, it would be perfect to just eat at the hotel. After making the reservation I came upon a review in the Guardian newspaper that ripped it to shreds. We discussed canceling based on this review and boy am I glad we didn't. The food and waitstaff exceeded our expectations. Delicious from beginning to end. I cannot even imagine what that reviewer had that was so awful but absolutely everything we ate was outstanding. I recommend it whether staying at the hotel or not.

Thank Vicki000
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