“Seasonal menu of big-hitting flavours” - AA Inspector
LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
The modern clean-lined, upbeat dining room of Portland has an intimate, self-effacing note. The culinary action, headed by Zach Elliot-Crenn, is the big draw with chefs bringing-out dishes to the table. The food is brimming with innovation and seasonality, a classy lightness of touch, balanced and eye-catching presentation, but, above all, flavour. Picking highlights is impossible, but take an opener of hot-smoked Lincolnshire eel topped with golden beetroots, pears and herring roe, or perhaps sparkling-fresh pollock drenched in squid ink with white sprouting broccoli and sea vegetables. Service is spot-on, while the wine list is a labour of love with excellence by the glass too.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 36
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Accessible toilets
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 8
- Wines over £30: 20
- Wines by the glass: 22
- Cuisine style: Modern 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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