If you’re looking for fine dining in palatial settings, this is the place you all need to flock to for equal quantities of feasting, amazing service and jaw-dropping surroundings.
Housed in The Rubens at The Palace, The English Grill is miles away from any ideas of a bog standard grill restaurant. It’s opposite Buckingham Palace but rest assured, you’ll be feeling like a personal member of the Windsor clan in these surroundings.
The menu is simple but oh so effective, and with a daily rotating menu of Roasts and Pies, you could be scoffing down Beef Wellington one day and dining on pork and apple pie the next.
We opted for the H. Forman’s ‘London Cure’ smoked salmon which is mesmerisingly carved at the table and garnished with capers, onions, and grated egg yolk and white (this garnish took us by surprise so we definitely recommend getting a spoonful or two). “A dish fit for my last meal on earth” is how the Lobster Arnold Bennett was received by us and truly, if you’re a lobster fan then this beautifully balanced dish of egg sauce, hollandaise and unctuous lobster meat will more than likely tip you over the edge of foodie heaven.
For such settings, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that the service could be daunting but prepare for some of the friendliest waiting staff and top notch recommendations from the maitre d’. Our bellies were quickly filled with Kobe beef fillet and the Famous Mixed Grill. All cooked to perfection and was truly the smile-inducing moment for any meat aficionado. If you’re going to order one side, then you have to go for the duck fat potatoes. Or the creamed onions. Or the seasonal mushrooms. Okay, order three and thank us later.
If wine is your tipple of choice, then you are most certainly in luck here as The English Grill even has their own vineyard – Bouchard Finlayson. An indepth chat with our amazingly knowledgeable sommelier educated us on the different grapes and varieties grown at this South African vineyard. We have to say, after having our wines matched to our meals (when we use the plural, we mean it – there was a lottttt of wine), we’re big converts to South African wine.
There’s always room for dessert – yes, even after their impressive complimentary bread basket with mackerel pate, butters, basil mayonnaise and crudites. The Eton Mess was a light, sticky sweet affair but the real star is the English cheese trolley with oat crumbles and quince. Go for a slice of all six if you’re a real fromage fiend. We dare you.
You can find The English Grill at The Rubens in The Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, near Victoria station, SW1W 0PS.