A grand British brasserie set inside the Rosewood London hotel and near Covent Garden, the Holborn Dining Room is just the vibrant bustling salon I was searching for. Serving up locally sourced British cuisine including a children’s menu affectionately called Rosebuds, the menu consists of Charcuterie, Starters, Seafood Counter, Eggs & Sandwiches, Grill, Mains, Sides, and Afters.
The interior decor is luxe yet casual chic with beautifully carved oak chairs and booths tufted with red leather, antique mirrors, and copper topped bars. The waiters are clad in tartan trousers and black blazers adding to the festive atmosphere of the dining room. There are bars on opposite sides of the restaurant, perfect for gathering with friends over Gin and tonic pairings from the infamous Gin Bar.
/ The Gin Bar /
The Gin Bar offers London’s largest collection of Gin featuring over 14,000 possible Gin and tonic pairings! A true haven for Gin lovers indeed. And recently added, the Gin Bar now offers weekly Gin Masterclasses on Saturdays at 4PM.
/ The Drink /
My drink of choice this evening was the Sir Charles. I asked the waiter, Adela, for something on the sweet side and this was the perfect recommendation. Beautifully assembled, this drink is a smooth blend of Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Apricot Brandy, Fresh Lime Juice, and the frothiest Lemoncello Foam. Topped with two vibrant petals, I throughly enjoyed photographing and drinking this cocktail.
/ The Starter & The Seafood Counter /
Having just been to Barcelona, I longed for some octopus. I started my dinner with the Grilled Octopus with native chorizo and a touch of aioli. The octopus was grilled to perfection, not too charred and just the right amount of chewiness.
Staying with my seafood theme, I ordered the shellfish cocktail with crab. Layered between leaves of lettuce was a blend of crab meat and shrimp with cucumbers and avocado. Stacked several piles high with a sweet but light dressing, this was probably my favorite dish of all. Super fresh and crisp, it was the ideal starter to my main meal. The Cornish rare bread that accompanied our starters was something unique and unexpected, but I really liked it. The consistency of the bread was a bit chewy and dense and the crust was hard. I liked it so much that I asked the waiter if it was available for purchase in London to which he replied that it was an uncommon bread and one they just added to the menu and was testing out the response. It definitely gets a two thumbs up from me!
/ The Main /
I opted for the daily fish special which was the sea bass and the hubby ordered a 35 day aged “Club Cut” rib eye. The sea bass came pan seared with the skin on to maintain some crispiness over ribbons of yellow and green zucchini. The fish was delicious but I really enjoyed the zucchini that came with it. I didn’t try the rib eye as I was already stuffed from everything else I ate prior to my main entree, but the hubby left his plate clean also finishing off the crispy onion rings that came with the rib eye.
/ The Sides /
To balance out our indulgent dinner, we ordered the steamed spinach and truffle & parmesan fries. The steamed spinach was pretty standard, but I did enjoy the flakes of Maldon sea salt that accompanied the spinach. As for the truffle Fries, I am quite a fries connoisseur and I must admit that these fries are one of the best truffle & parmesan fries I have ever had. If I hadn’t already eaten everything I had already ordered, I would have ordered another side of fries (yes, it was that good).
Needless to say, we were stuffed by the end of our meal and didn’t even have room for any dessert. I must come back and try some of their Glazed Lemon Tart with creme fraiche and Flourless Chocolate Fondant with orange ice cream.
The service was prompt and our waiter Adela was very attentive. He made excellent suggestions (must I remind you of that beautiful drink and the sea bass which were his recommendations) and also explained each menu item as it arrived. The pleasant ambiance also added to our overall dining experience which was amazing and I would definitely come here again to try the Holborn Dining Room’s iconic handcrafted pies and their Saturday Gin Masterclasses.
Holborn Dining Room
252 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EN
+44 20 3747 8633