Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
“The history of dining interpreted by a modern master” - AA Inspector
LONDON SW1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
Dinner is located within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, where a surprisingly simple dining room – unclothed tables, views over Hyde Park – features a centrally sited kitchen, viewed through floor-to-ceiling glass walls which allow you to see the unique pulley system, historically accurate, that rotates the spit over an open fire. If this sounds eccentric, it’s because this is the culinary equivalent of a research institute, feeding Blumenthal’s fascination with the history of British dining. The dishes on the menu are all taken from the recipes of the past, from the 14th to 19th centuries, allowing you to time-travel via the pleasures of the Meat Fruit of 1500 (mandarin jelly covers a chicken liver parfait, making a stunning ‘faux orange’) perhaps to roast turbot and green sauce (c.1440) or perhaps the more straightforward Hereford beef (c.1830) with mushroom ketchup and triple cooked chips. You might be surprised to learn that brown bread ice cream was being enjoyed in 1808 – this version comes with salted butter caramel, pear and malted yeast syrup. An early 18th-century spring tart, with Gariguette strawberries, rose, lovage and basil yogurt and goats’ milk ice cream is delightfully light and fresh.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 110
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: late August
- Wines over £30: 734
- Wines by the glass: 33
- Cuisine style: British
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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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