Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
“Time-travelling menu and views of Hyde Park.” - AA Inspector
LONDON SW1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge is the splendid setting for Dinner, where a surprisingly understated, informal dining room, in shades of brown with leather panelling and views over Hyde Park, features a central kitchen, viewed through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. You can see the historically accurate pulley system that rotates the spit over an open fire, a reminder, if you needed one, that Dinner is where Blumenthal indulges his fascination with the history of British dining. Recipes from the 14th to 19th century are explored on the menu, allowing you to time-travel in extreme comfort. Staff are efficiently friendly, with recommendations made effortlessly and food thoroughly explained. Begin with a delightfully fresh and refined sherried scallop tartare (c 1970) with grilled shiitake and sherry mushroom broth before the roast Ibérico pork chop takes you three hundred years further back and comes accompanied by pease pudding, blood pudding, pickled onion and mint oil. Finish with tipsy cake (c.1810) a signature dish, served with spit-roasted pineapple.
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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