“Refined Italian cooking amid the Mayfair offices” - AA Inspector
LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
Simplicity and freshness are the watchwords at Angela Hartnett's upscale Italian, but often those phrases disguise a great deal of preliminary labour, as here where each dish is fine-tuned to a supremely satisfying pitch. Look at the sheer-textured pasta in a starter of pumpkin tortelli in sage butter, its filling silky, the final touch of genius a scattering of smashed amaretti. Fish could be beautifully tender pollock in parsley velouté with charred calçot onion and spicy 'nduja crumble, or there may be a winter warmer of melting venison loin in its own ragù, with smooth celeriac purée, red cabbage and delicate gnocchi. In spring, Herdwick lamb comes into its own, the braised neck and sweetbreads served with the sharpening element of goat curd and a slew of freshly popped peas. For dessert, there's an irresistible Amalfi lemon tart, served slightly warm and sharp enough to produce a pleasurable sucking-in of cheeks, or the signature pistachio soufflé with luxurious hot chocolate sauce.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 46
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday (excluding 3rd Sunday of each month)
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 3
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 11
- Wines under £30: 4
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 22
- Cuisine style: Modern European, Italian influence
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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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