The English Grill, a luxurious new fine dining restaurant at The Rubens at the Palace in London, has officially opened its doors. Boasting a glass-walled kitchen, a signature 20-ounce steak, luxurious décor, and regal views over the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, the restaurant is the new jewel in the crown of the recently revitalized central neighborhood of Victoria.
Embracing the best of English tradition, design and flavors, the elegant brasserie-style restaurant serves an exquisite menu designed around premium seasonal produce. The highest quality ingredients are locally sourced from top English suppliers, including meats from Aubrey Allen, Royal Warrant holder to Her Majesty The Queen.
In homage to The Rubens’ rich royal history and links with traditional English high society, The English Grill delivers warm and impeccable service from tail-coated waiters, including the daily roast, which is carved tableside on a bespoke silver trolley. These traditional roasts include delicacies such as beef Wellington served with creamed onions and Madeira jus; belly of slow-roasted pork with crackling and apple sauce; and salmon en croute, locally sourced from Billingsgate Fish Market and served with creamed spinach and Champagne butter sauce.
Also on daily rotation are The English Grill’s signature gourmet pies, which offer modern twists on retro classics, and include English favorites such as pork and apple, Shepherd’s and chicken pot pies – the latter made from a famed recipe that was perfected by Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, founder and president of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.
The English Grill’s menu also features a selection of vegetarian and seafood dishes, as well as the spectacular 20-ounce Aubrey Allen Tomahawk Steak, which is perfect for sharing. A streamlined lunch menu is offered during the day, and diners can expect the same exacting service and quality of food as they get in the evening. The à la carte menu is accompanied by an extensive wine list, including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, The Rubens’ sister vineyard in South Africa.
The 28-strong team of chefs is led by Executive Chef Ben Kelliher, who joins The English Grill from Butlers Restaurant at The Chesterfield Mayfair, another sister property. During his decade-long tenure at Butlers, Kelliher established it as one of the finest dining venues in Mayfair with a reputation for “the best Dover Sole in London.” Kelliher also brings with him the outstanding talents of Pastry Chef Sarah Houghting, who oversees the delicious range of desserts offered at The English Grill, including gourmet takes on English favorites such as Eton mess, crème brûlée and Bea Tollman’s baked vanilla cheesecake.
The quality of talent in the kitchen is complemented by the high caliber of service in the dining room. The appointment of Head Maître d’ Paul Foxon, whose strong background in fine English service, following many years as Head Waiter at The Ritz Hotel in London, perfectly enhances the warmth of hospitality for which The Rubens at the Palace is renowned.
Part of the five-year, multi-million pound refurbishment of the Rubens, the design of English Grill combines polished silver, luxurious fabrics and beautiful chandeliers to create a feeling of grandeur and elegance. The addition of intimate leather booths framing the windows of the restaurant give the sense of dining in a private members’ club. The hotel’s regally refurbished Cavalry Bar provides a welcoming environment in which to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails, or to extend the evening with a digestif while enjoying the live music offered nightly.
The kitchen serving The English Grill has also been fully refurbished, with the addition of a glass wall to allow guests to see the action within. The kitchen’s state-of-the-art charcoal-fired oven, the Josper, reaches temperatures of 932°F and imparts a subtle smoky flavor to meat, ensuring none of the natural flavors and moisture are lost in the cooking process.
“With the loving restoration of this historic property now complete, The Rubens has simply never looked better,” said Malcolm Hendry, general manager of The Rubens at the Palace. “We are very proud to launch The English Grill at a time when Victoria and the Nova complex are firmly establishing themselves as dining destinations in their own rights. This amazing new restaurant offers guests even more choice, bringing unrivaled glamour and the elegance of traditional English fine dining to the area.”
The English Grill is now open to residents and visitors alike for lunch and dinner daily. It is located at 39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PS. For more information and reservations at The Rubens at the Palace, call +44 20 7834 6600, visit http://www.rubenshotel.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
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Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition; from the recently restored Ashford Castle in Ireland, to the Milestone, a historic mansion hotel in the heart of London, to the truly iconic Oyster Box in South Africa, the hotels are unique and characterful with a personal approach to hospitality. With a peerless reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings, we pride ourselves on delivering warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service. For more information about these award-winning hotels and the rest of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, go to http://www.redcarnation.com.
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