Although part of the family of Roux restaurants - French in style by their very nature - we're calling this Modern British, as although it has undoubted French influences, that is what it is.
The restaurant is impressively-housed in a listed building designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of London's Natural History Museum.
The main ingredients of many dishes are given provenance , which is nice to see, unless it's overdone - which it isn't here.
The kitchen, under the leadership of Steve Groves offers a seasonal menu which on a winter snapshot listed 'Hand-Dived Orkney Scallops with Mandarin'; 'Tartare of Cumbrian Rose Veal with Sweetbread, Fennel & Honey'; 'Terrine of Poached Rabbit with Heritage Carrot, Apple & Mustard' and 'Ravioli of Cornish Brown Crab with Étuvée of Leek, Avruga & Champagne Velouté' amongst the starters.
'Poached Halibut with Beer Batter, Cockles & Broad Bean Tops'; 'Herdwick Hogget with Butternut Squash, Lincolnshire Pink Onions & Winter Savoury'; 'Saddle of Rabbit Stuffed with Apple & Black Pudding, Macaroni & Cider Sauce' and 'Artic Char with an Emulsion of Sea Vegetables & Shellfish' on the listed mains.
Puds such as 'Poached William's Pear & Almond Sponge' and 'Roast Almond Parfait with Fresh Apricot & Green Almond Salad' complete the food picture.
Service is both friendly & professional.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.00; set L £35 (3 courses); mains about £18 to £27
- Dinner: Mon-Fri 18.30-22.00; mains about £18 to £27; set D £65 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £79
- Seats: 60
- Wine: an all French list, has some impressive bottles but kicks off in the high £20's
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Westminster or St James's Park Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: Sat, Sun, 24th Dec to 2nd Jan, Bank Holidays