With stately views overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, The English Grill at The Rubens at the Palace has officially opened following a complete, five-year, multi-million pound restoration of the hotel. In keeping with the finest English traditions in design and cuisine, the elegant brasserie-style restaurant serves an excellent menu utilizing the highest quality fresh ingredients locally sourced from top English suppliers that serve the Queen’s kitchen. The extensive wine list features fine selections of old world classics from France and Italy complemented by new wines including a nice list from Bouchard Finlayson, The Rubens’ sister vineyard in South Africa.
The menu ranges from vegetarian and seafood dishes to the 20-ounce Aubrey Allen Tomahawk Steak, perfect for sharing or especially hearty appetites. Traditional daily specialties include beef Wellington carved tableside on a silver trolley, belly of slow-roasted pork with crackling and apple sauce, and salmon en croute with fish fresh daily from Billingsgate Fish Market. Other choices include signature gourmet pies with modern twists on retro English classics such as pork and apple, Shepherd’s, and chicken pot pies from the recipe collection of Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, founder and president of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection which owns The Rubens.
The 28-member team of chefs is led by Executive Chef Ben Kelliher, who joins The English Grill from Butlers Restaurant at The Chesterfield Mayfair, another sister property. Pastry Chef Sarah Houghting, who oversees desserts, presents gourmet takes on English favorites such as Eton mess, crème brûlée and Bea Tollman’s baked vanilla cheesecake. The talent in the kitchen is matched by the highest standards of service in the dining room under the direction of Head Maître d’ Paul Foxon, whose background includes many years as Head Waiter at The Ritz Hotel in London.
The English Grill’s décor blends polished silver, luxurious fabrics, beautiful chandeliers, and intimate leather booth and table settings to create an ambience of grandeur and elegance. The hotel’s regally-refurbished Cavalry Bar also provides a comfortable stylish environment in which to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails or extend the evening with a digestif while enjoying live music nightly.
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