“Franco-Italian cooking for true romantics” - AA Inspector
LONDON WC2, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's View
The official 'world's most romantic restaurant' isn't just a Valentine's Day pitch. Clos Maggiore is in the mood for love all year round, and to that end sports a fantastical decor reminiscent of a permanent Japanese cherry blossom festival in the hot-ticket glass-ceilinged courtyard area. The setting may be soft focus but there’s nothing whimsical about the cooking: ingredients are well sourced and skilfully handled, with easy-on-the-eye presentations adding to the lustre. Traditionalists will encounter plenty of decadent depth in silky-smooth chicken liver and foie gras parfait with red onion and ginger marmalade and toasted hazelnut bread. At main course, slow-cooked Berkshire pork neck and shredded ham hock are partnered with braised lettuce, capers, raisins and an intense pork sauce, while fish fans could be seduced by oven-roasted turbot with a casserole of Paimpol beans, mussels and courgette. Desserts are a beguiling proposition too – perhaps caramelised Valrhona chocolate sensation with burnt honey ice cream and Armagnac jelly.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 70
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 5
- Dinner served until: 11
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 54
- Cuisine style: French, Mediterranean
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About The area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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