Set in the heart of Mayfair and originally 11 Georgian town houses, Brown's (which first opened its doors in the year Queen Victoria came to the throne) remains one of London's most traditional and intimate hotels. Since being acquired by Rocco Forte he has brought it into the 21st century without any damage to its charm.
The dining room (formerly known as The Grill), while still formal - with its panelling, period moulded ceilings and banquette booths - now has a menu following modern fashions, while still keeping many of its traditional offerings.
To begin, Chef Lee Streeton offers the likes of 'Pea and Ham Soup with Pancetta Crisp'; 'Cuan Oysters' and 'Potted Morecambe Bay Shrimps' among the more traditional starters - while 'Ravioli of Rabbit with Mousseron Cream Sauce' and 'Watercress and Frogs Legs Soup' are there to tempt the more adventurous.
Likewise, although there is always a Roast of the Day (Lamb on Monday, Pork on Tuesday etc.), and plenty of less elaborate dishes from the grill; dishes such as 'Fricassée of John Dory with Mushrooms, Squid, Bacon and a Red Wine Sauce'; 'Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Purée and Braised Fennel' and 'Poached Chicken Breast with Creamed Artichoke and Braised Leeks' keep the menu up with modern trends.
Desserts are a high point, with 'Seasonal Berry Pudding with Clotted Cream'; 'Treacle and Molasses Tart with Ice Cream' and 'Citrus Tart with Lime Sorbet all coming in for praise.
Service is still formal, but also friendly and hospitable.
Afternoon tea is among London's best (
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-14.30; set L Mon-Sat £25 (2 courses) to £30; set L Sun £27 (2 courses) to £35; mains £14.75 to £39.50
- Dinner: all week; 19.00-22.00; pre-theatre set D 17.30-19.30 £25 (2 courses), £30 (3 courses); mains £14.75 to £39.50
- Seats: 80
- Wine: an extensive list, kicks off at £26.00, but prices rise quickly
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Green Park Underground
- Directions: Parallel to Old Bond Street off Piccadilly. See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: check Christmas opening
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available