16/10/2016

Date Night: Dinner @ The Gilbert Scott - St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London


Incoming text from Jessica mid-afternoon, proposing a "cheap," yes I quote "cheap meal" following our DF Masterclass (you can read about that in a separate post). Somehow we ended up in one of the grandest places we've ever dined in, after seeing on OpenTable the offer of three courses and a cocktail for £29. And for this kind of establishment, that is quite sensational. 


It is set in the Renaissance Hotel by St Pancras station, always a place I've admired from the outside whilst making my way home in the days of my trips to and from Sheffield, but today was the day I made my way inside. 

Past the grand stair cases and stunning architecture is The Gilbert Scott restaurant, the dining room full of charm and grandeur. Our belongings were taken care of by the receptionist and we were seated towards the back, immediately served our cocktails that were included in the offer.

Foie gras and chicken liver parfait, cherries, granola and brioche - Jessica

The service could either be considered relaxing, emphasising the experience of dining here, or plain slow. We waited a while to be given the correct menu after asking two members of staff, and once we had finally ordered, our bread and butter was served within a minute of our starter arriving. Suddenly, it felt like they were playing catch up and it became very rushed. It's fair to say it took us by surprise. 

Smoked fish cake, soft egg, curried coconut sauce - James

No criticism towards the starters though, both were exquisitely presented and with countless dimensions of taste. Onwards to our main course, of which we chose the same dish. The menu was limited, but in the knowledge that each of them would be rather special. We ended choosing something very similar to our anniversary meal at Clos Maggiore last month. Only realising whilst eating it, we also ordered mashed potato and chips with rosemary salt. But being unable to not compare, the mash was creamier and the chips were perfect. Seriously crisp on the outside, but soft on the inside. 

Slow-cooked Yorkshire lamb shoulder, spiced aubergine, coriander

On to dessert which left us not knowing how to feel about them. Mine certainly had a strange mix of flavours which I was far from convinced by, and I still don't know what juniper is! Don't get us wrong, we gladly ate them, but both were a bit weird!
 
Chocolate mousse, pear, juniper, hazelnut - James

Overall it was a great experience, however it was far from perfect. Would we still recommend it, yes, and when we're rich and famous being YouTuber's in the near future, we would love to stay in the hotel. Not because we need to, but because the building is simply beautiful.


Buttermilk and vanilla pudding, blackberries, oats - Jessica

Food: ★★★
Customer service: ★★
Atmosphere: ★★★
Toilets: ★★★★★

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2 comments

  1. This place!! It looks grand and sounds as it of was! Shame that they took so long giving you the correct menus and then making it feel rushed I hate those expereinces! However the food sounds fab and atleast you could enjoy that aspect!

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    1. It was so fancy, felt so out of place rolling up in my trainers haha
      It was an experience though and we're glad we went!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💓

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