“Top-drawer regional French cooking from a virtuoso” - AA Inspector



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The split-level brasserie space within Knightsbridge's Berkeley Hotel has played host to the sweeping winds of culinary fashion over the last couple of decades, but its present incarnation as Pierre Koffmann's Gascon foothold in well-heeled London is easily its classiest. Autumnal hues of green and brown against slate-grey compose a relaxed ambience, with a discreet glass-fronted kitchen affording views of the brigade at work in the pass. Fluent service from a French team inspires confidence, and Koffmann's refined interpretations of the cuisine of southwest France combine rusticity with presentational elegance. When did polenta get so sophisticated? Never more so than when Koffmann's rich creamy version turns up topped with sautéed girolles and an egg yolk in a rich chicken jus. Otherwise, luxe things up with a starter of hot foie gras and chicory in Sauternes sauce, before moving on to grilled lobster in herb butter, herb-crusted lamb rack with parsnip purée and petits pois, or the magisterial braised duck leg with beans and black olives. Excellent pastry work is assured for a mirabelle frangipane tart served with milky sorbet and a little crème anglaise, or else wait the 15 minutes or so for a perfectly risen pistachio soufflé with matching ice cream.

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, LONDON, SW1X 7RL


  • Seats: 120
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 4
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 6
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 22
  • Cuisine style: French

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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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