Pollen Street Social
“Discreetly elegant setting for joyful, cutting edge cooking” - AA Inspector
LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
Jason Atherton continues to progress, opening restaurants, collecting awards, always moving forwards. Pollen Street Social is his London flagship, discreetly hidden away down a narrow Mayfair side street. Inside it’s all smooth dark wood, white linen and modern British art; soothing, calm, and the perfect setting for Atherton’s ‘relaxed fine dining’ which is as beautiful and uplifting to look at as it is joyful to eat. With a wide choice of menus including vegetarian and vegan tasting menus, which tell you the distance travelled by the main ingredients from, for example, the Orkney waters where they were caught, or the Lake District field in which they once frolicked in, to your plate. A spring meal might begin with Padstow lobster, served with Scottish girolles, followed by roasted Brixham turbot with a warm roe butter sauce, spring peas and leaves before moving on to saddle of Herdwick spring lamb, English spring vegetables and lamb sausage with green olive tapenade. Finish, triumphantly, with zingy Japanese citrus parfait, basil and yoghurt sorbet with finger lime. Every dish is unfailingly precise, perfectly balanced, and a wonderful example of the very highest levels of modern British cooking.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 52
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 10.30
- Wines under £30: 1
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 40
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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