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PickettBowtruckles Mon 09-Oct-17 22:45:12

Apologies for posting in AIBU for traffic...

Trying to find a nice restaurant in London for a special occasion, just my husband and I. I wouldn't class either of us as particularly fussy eaters, however most of the high rated restaurants have menus which just don't look to our taste.

I want good food, but nothing too unusual. I know this makes me look incredibly bland and boring but snails and foie gras just aren't for us really.

Does anyone have any personal recommendations I can have a look into?! Budget wise wouldn't want to spend more than £250 for the both of us.

SabineUndine Mon 09-Oct-17 22:48:12

Rules in Maiden Lane WC2 is the oldest restaurant in the uk. They specialise in game and their menu is very traditional British.

pisacake Mon 09-Oct-17 22:48:57

How about Rules, St John (not sure if this is quite what you want?), Savoy Grill, Le Gavroche, River Cafe?

MoveOnTheCards Mon 09-Oct-17 22:50:28

I was about to suggest Rules too! Traditional menu, really well done. Or try The Wolseley.

Reecey Mon 09-Oct-17 22:51:15

Smiths of Wapping is brilliant and has a fantastic view of Tower Bridge, highly recommend

PickettBowtruckles Mon 09-Oct-17 22:51:35

3 recommendations for Rules sounds promising! Googling them now...

AtHomeDadGlos Mon 09-Oct-17 22:53:33

I came here to suggest Rules too

ButFirstTea Mon 09-Oct-17 22:53:47

Hawksmoor? Might be a bit less exclusive than the top of your budget but the food is excellent.

Worriedrose Mon 09-Oct-17 23:18:53

River cafe, but a bit out of town
Bentleys - nice fish and game and steak etc
Murano - Italian
Hawksmoor - good steak
Andrew Edmunds - V romantic in soho
St. John - very good food, trendy

Depends where you're staying, but if in Mayfair area gymkhana is also amazing Indian like you've never had

pisacake Mon 09-Oct-17 23:25:06

St John isn't trendy

HerculesMulligan Mon 09-Oct-17 23:26:59

Brasserie Zedel has a beautiful room and the service is always charming. Not expensive and the menu (which is French) has plenty of variety.

rightsaidfrederickII Mon 09-Oct-17 23:30:01

It's not going to cost you anywhere near £250, but Ethos near Oxford Street is absolutely amazing and because it works as a gourmet pay by weight buffet you can try lots of different things

AddictedToSausageRolls Mon 09-Oct-17 23:39:06

Another vote for The Wolseley!

AgathaMystery Mon 09-Oct-17 23:50:41

Baltic behind Tate Modern or the Holborn Dining Room

Featherstep Tue 10-Oct-17 00:03:19

Whereabouts in London are you staying? With that budget you have lots of choices!
I'd suggest (and second pps)
- the Ledbury for modern European, always superb but hard to book perhaps. Nothing outlandish on the menu there that I remember...
- Wolseley yes, and sister restaurant the Delaunay in Aldwich, both very classy and not experimental menu
- Hawksmoor for steak
- Berners Tavern, stunning room and British menu
- Something like the Grill at the Dorchester? Venue good for a special occasion and it's a traditional menu
- La Gavroche (though I haven't been)

St John may have too many unusual animal parts... I remember not really fancying the choices.

Charlieandlola Tue 10-Oct-17 00:03:24

The Wolseley
The Ivy

kirinm Tue 10-Oct-17 00:04:41

Try the tasting menu at The Dairy in Clapham.

CalmanOnSpeeddial Tue 10-Oct-17 00:05:47

Bleeding Heart

BeansOnToastWithCheese Tue 10-Oct-17 00:09:46

Mon Plaisir is lovely. Great food, lovely atmosphere.

JoJoSM2 Tue 10-Oct-17 00:09:58

Do you have any celebrity chefs you like? You could try one of their places.

If you fancy some nice views, you could try one of the restaurants on top floors of skyscrapers. Their quite fun.

(And £250 is an obscene budget ;))

diamantegal Tue 10-Oct-17 00:14:09

One of the D&D group - something like Pont de la Tour (can't tell if you're local or tourist, but this has good views!).

Does the £250 include wine? This is where my meals very quickly start to rack up. We had a lovely meal at L'Atelier Joel Roubuchon (may not have spelt that right) but after two glasses of wine each, plus a dessert wine, it got quite pricey.

MotherOfBeagles Tue 10-Oct-17 00:16:33

We went to sticks n sushi in February and the savoy grill. Sticks was absolutely one of the best meals we have had in years. (drooling thinking about it now) and the savoy was typical British elegant dining was really lovely.

Would highly recommend both!

diamantegal Tue 10-Oct-17 00:18:31

And I don't think £250 is obscene. Obviously depends on your priorities, but I think you'd struggle to get a top London restaurant for less than that.

But then I like my food and that's my indulgence of choice - completely get that it's not for everyone, but the OP's budget wouldn't stretch to some of the places listed here if you go for the full tasting menus.

Beeziekn33ze Tue 10-Oct-17 00:23:12

Every December we took my very conventional uncle for a Christmas meal (other choices available!) to Simpsons in The Strand. Comfortable venue, lovely staff and tradional menu. He loved it!
Some great suggestions on here. Sure you'll have a great meal. Best I've had in the last few years was probably the Mandarin Oriental.

PickettBowtruckles Tue 10-Oct-17 00:27:16

Some great suggestions here, thank you all! Really enjoying looking at all the menus but now desperately hungry and debating getting out of bed for a second dinner...

In terms of the budget, dh doesn't drink and I would maybe have two glasses of wine at the most, so predominately budget is for food. £250 is far, far more than we'd usually spend (our usual meals out would be the local Indian or the harvester!) and is only what it is as it's a special occasion. We're not tourists in the sense that we do live fairly local (less than an hour) but will be staying in London that night following a show (matinee show hence wanting a special dinner after).

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