Went to the Wolseley for breakfast on Sunday, needless to say I was quite excited about this as I have been meaning to go for some time.
My wife and I made it to the restaurant in good time (10.40) unfortunately,they were full. I wasn't too annoyed by this, as without booking, you do always run the chance of not being able to get a seat. A rather curt (could be argued as being rude) lady told us the wait would be from 40-60 mins, and that we would then be seated for a lunchtime seating with the lunch menu. My wife and I accepted this, and then we waited while the lade went to fetch her clipboard to sign us up.
What really annoyed me was that another couple walked in with no booking and another hostess seated them straight away, right in front of us!!!
After speaking to a gentleman at the front, we explained the situation that just happened and as if by magic he managed to find us a table which was not occupied, but with the proviso that we had to be out of our seats in 1 hr.
I am not one to create a fuss, but it seemed that we were screened by the hostess and deemed not worthy to dine in the restaurant.
So to the food itself - This was great, the quality was good and the fresh pastries were delicious. We did manage to eat within the hour, but it did feel rushed, especially when service is slow.
We had to ask our waitress for condiments twice before they were brought, food came quickly, but coffee and tea took an age!
We went for the experience, which on reflection was appalling (based on the service) but the food and ambiance were good.
Would I go again, probably not, Balthazar has recently opened and that looks way more appealing!!!!
Lastly - I wonder what the restaurant would do if I was still eating after the one hour table time had elapsed - who knows, I sort of feel like I should have eaten alot more slowly to find out!