Some of history’s legendary names have dined at the Savoy Grill, one of the West End’s most renowned restaurants now run by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Take a seat with the white linen table clothes and imagine yourself dining alongside Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, or even the Queen, who are all past patrons.
The traditional décor makes it easier to envisage. Designer Russell Sage took inspiration from the original Art Deco style of the restaurant and restored it to its former glitz and glamour in 2010. No expense was spared from the four Swarovski crystal chandeliers illuminating the room to the walls lined with tortoiseshell vitrolite backed by hand-applied gold leaf.
The food is something to marvel at, too, with the roast-suckling pig, smoked ham knuckle, Scottish langoustines dripping in lemon and herb butter, and 160z grilled Dover sole making an appearance on the menu. The classics, like the beef wellington to share and the steak tartare cut at your table, are a must for first-time visitors. Many items on the menu have barely changed since Auguste Escoffier became the restaurant’s first Head Chef in 1890.
Parties and events can also be accommodated at the Savoy Grill. The D’Oyly Carte private dining room seats up to 40 guests, and up to 100 can be accommodated when booking the whole restaurant. For something more intimate, book the chef’s table, where up to eight can experience the kitchen’s inner workings. You and your guests will be greeted with cocktails and canapes and taken on a kitchen tour before the head chef takes you through the seven-course menu made for you on the day. You’ll also have your dedicated waiter and sommelier to assist.
The Savoy Grill has been a popular spot for business lunches, Sunday roasts, and pre-theatre dining for over a century and is as much a landmark of luxury London as the hotel it resides in.