The English Grill is located in one of London’s luxury hotels, The Ruben’s at the Palace. Expect the finest food and the warmest service amongst rich surroundings.
The beauty about The English Grill is the dress code is smart casual (no flip flop or sportswear) meaning after a day exploring London, you do not need to worry about dressing up to enjoy some of the finest food. Alternatively, you can dress to the nines and dine like royalty. Everyone is welcome.
Food is made using the finest English produce and from suppliers that serve the Queen’s kitchen too. So expect the best!
Ambiance & Service
The restaurant has warm lighting. Seating varies from curved leather booths to tables with teal sofas. The Grill has a traditional interior with patterned carpets. There is a glass wall for you to see some live kitchen action from the chefs. The setting in the Grill is comfortable, relaxed and welcoming.
The service is exceptional. From start to finish there is nothing I can fault. The staff were knowledgeable, professional and delivered service with a smile. Nothing was too much for them and service was effortless. Having this level of service makes The English Grill stand out from so many other establishments. I always say great service will make me want to go back to a venue and leave great memories.
Thee is an extensive wine list at the restaurant and a sommelier who can help you pick one out. I am more of a cocktail person and there are many of those to choose from. Kev & I were undecided and spotted the “Hot & Bespoke” cocktail option. The bartender comes and makes your cocktail at the table with your preferred ingredients. How amazing is that? It is £20 per cocktail which is not extortionate.
The bartender came to the table to get an idea of what flavours we liked before returning with his cocktail shakers and ingredients. The base was made at the bar (muddled fruit and juice mix). At the table he finished them off by shaking the ingredients together, skillfully pouring them and then garnishing the cocktails.
My cocktail was a twist on the French martini and Kev had a pineapple and gin one with vanilla, both being equally enjoyable.
Just look at the glassware too – so beautiful.
We did have a feast on our visit. The meal started with complimentary selection of bread and crudites with a basil dip. After the starters were received a Salmon croquette as an amuse bouche and was delicious.
- Squab Pigeon served with Heritage Beetroot, Goat’s Curd and Golden Raisin Purée. The pigeon was cooked well and worked well with the rest of the ingredients making it a light tasteful starter.
- Glazed Lobster Omelette with Thermidor Sauce: The dish came in a little pan. The omelette was cooked just right and had a good amount of lobster and Thermidor sauce to perfect the consistency.
- New Season Welsh Lamb Rump served with Lavender Fondant Potato, English Asparagus, Anchovies, Capers: A juicy rump of lamb that was served medium. It was fresh tasting and had a great mix of flavours to accompany it
- Barnsley Lamb Chop 16oz served with mixed tomatoes: The lamb chop was tender and juicy. It came with gravy and was great portion size. Kev had this with Creamed Onions and Parmesan & Truffle Jersey Royals both of which were perfect sides. Also, who would have thought creamed onions would be so moreish?
- Steamed Date & Banana Pudding: The warm soft pudding was baked to perfection and served with Homemade Brandy & Walnut Ice Cream and Walnut Brittle. I love a date pudding and having banana in it just elevated the flavours for me.
- Saffron Poached Comice Pear: The pear had a lovely saffron taste that was not too overpowering. Served with a Hot Dark Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream and Ginger Biscotti this was rather refreshing.
In addition to having a meal at The English Grill, you can enjoy a chef experience with Ben Kelliher.
For more details and to book a table visit their website. It is worth a visit. They also serve Afternoon Tea opposite the Royal Mews and have a Curry Room too if you fancy something different for dinner.
39 Buckingham Palace Road
Disclaimer [AD]: My brunches were free at these locations, however, all opinions and photos are my own.