HOLBORN | DINING ROOM

October 4, 2017

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
United Kingdom
+44 20 3747 8633

Thank you to the Rosewood London and Holborn Dining Room for this incredible British dinner.

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46 comments

Briana October 4, 2017 at 1:57 pm

What a cool atmosphere! Looks delicious as well!

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Elizabeth October 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm

This hotel’s dining room looks gorgeous! <3 🙂

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Carmelatte October 5, 2017 at 12:44 am

What a lovely Holborn place <3 One of my fav boroughs of London <3

Carmelatte

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Miki October 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

I love the decor in this dining room. It’s so masculine and luxe. The food also looks so incredible! Ahh, I love London. There are so many great cafes and restaurants there. I wish I had more time to hunt for great spots during my trip there. I’ll have to check this spot out next time. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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Camille October 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm

This place looks amazing! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

Camille xo

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Jennifer October 5, 2017 at 9:16 pm

The food looks delicious! I love the atmosphere too. Great pics! 🙂

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Joling October 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm

This place looks so gorgeous and the food sounds very delicious!
Thanks for sharing!

xo, Joling

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Margaret October 6, 2017 at 3:30 am

The interior looks so nice! So does the food!

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sophie October 6, 2017 at 4:38 am

I really love the pictures.Nice dining place.
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Mariann Yip October 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

The decor in a restaurant always gets me! I love the luxe and chic features as you mentioned. And the fact that you can’t get that bread elsewead makes me want to try it even more 🙂 I’m a huge fan of fish so I would totally order the sea bass!

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Gracie October 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm

What a great restaurant. I would OD on the fries. Everything looked so yummy.

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Jessi Malay October 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm

the food looks delicious, my mouth is watering haha! enjoy your weekend babe<3

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Anika May October 7, 2017 at 3:57 am

Such pretty decor, the food looks amazing too!

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Britta October 7, 2017 at 11:51 am

This is the best part about traveling! Experiencing the great cuisine and atmosphere of the city that you are exploring.
The interior and mood of this Holborn restaurant is so chic and casual at the same time which makes it so inviting.
And omg! It must be so hard to decide on a gin when there are sooook many to choose from! I would never be able to decided!
I can’t wait to hear more about your London experience! So happy that you and your family are having the best time.
Xo
Britta

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Candace October 7, 2017 at 9:54 pm

I’m not really big on seafood, but grilled octopus sounds pretty intriguing. It’s not something I would have ordered myself, but seeing your pics makes me so hungry! I also just got introduced to the deliciousness of truffle fries a couple of months ago. I’ll never eat regular fries again!

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Jo October 8, 2017 at 8:42 am

Your post made me miss London so much! I used to work very near Holborn when I lived there so this has gotten me a bit nostalgic 🙂 Your meal looked delicious. I’m a gin girl so that gin masterclass sounds like something I’d like to join!

xo, Jo

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Diana October 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

I love to try always something new when I travel. This place looks so cool and their dishes are truly amazing. I definitely will stop there when we will travel to UK.

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Samantha Mariko October 8, 2017 at 9:12 am

All the food and drinks look so pretty to eat! What a fantastic bar with a variety of fancy drinks. I’m always a huge fan of dining with a beautiful bar in view. It makes the dining experience much more enjoyable!
xo Samantha

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Open Kloset October 8, 2017 at 9:24 am

Hey Sweetie,
Hows you?
Holborn Dining Room Looks sooo Chic and Elegant:)
Loved the Food Photos and that Cocktail , Sir Charles sounds super Interesting, definitely for my taste:)
I adore Seafood, Don’t eat meat usually, so the Fish Dish would be for me for sure:)
Would love to Visit this Place:) And I love Gins sooo much:)
Love Kisses
Happy Sunday
Open Kloset By Karina

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lesley kim October 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm

What an amazing place!!! I am going back to blogging and so happy to find you!

Lesley-Kim

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Lisa Chen October 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

This made me feel so hungry! Adding this to things to do for my trip to London!

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Katya October 8, 2017 at 6:29 pm

The ambiance is incredibly remarkable. The food here looks excellent and mouthwatering. You look lovely, dear!

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Cindy Elena October 8, 2017 at 7:20 pm

That place looks so cool! Love the red detail of the place it gives a really warm and cool atmosphere. Also the food looked so yummy!
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Helen Chik October 8, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Omg that gin bar is just a dream!!! So many of my friends hate gin but I’ve always been a massive gin and tonic girl and any cocktail that contains gin has my vote any day. Too bad I can’t drink at the moment but you’ll just have to enjoy a drink for me 😉

The food looks so damn delicious and the seafood looks so divine! Would love to check it out when I’m in London

Helen xx

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Jessica October 9, 2017 at 1:52 am

This place looks stunning. Lovely photos dear, especially on the dishes.

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Nina Nguyen October 9, 2017 at 6:05 am

The decor is so beautiful and everything looks so yummy!!
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Tsukiakari October 9, 2017 at 8:20 am

Hi! Great post and I love your photos!
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Have a lovely day!
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Jill Wright October 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

Wooooow! I love everything about this place. What gorgeous interior. The dining atmosphere looks prefect for a fabulous night out. As for the dishes…. I would really struggle to decide! Everything looks so tasty! And who doesn’t love a gin master class?! Sounds amazing and will definitely pay them a visit next time I am in London.

J. x

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Tandya October 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Your experience at Holborn Dining Room sounds amazing! I remember seeing your pictures here on Instagram! The interior is so beautiful and the meal looks amazing! I would have had the the steak and chips. YUMMY! The drink that Adela suggested also looked delicious! I am going back to the UK in a few months! I’ll definitely have to check this place out!

Thank you!
XO
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Katrina October 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Holborn Dining Room is so amazing! I love the vibe, the foods looks really really good! This make me starving! haha Thanks for sharing.

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Katrina Isha

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Sheree October 9, 2017 at 11:21 pm

I am obsessed with the decor for the Holborn dining room. The red leather chair looks so rich and luxurious with a hint of masculine charm and the gin bar, oh my nothing short of a grand display. I don’t drink gin, but I would sit there just for the ambiance. The food looked delicious, I know my hubby would go for the 35 day aged rib eye and I am a sucker for a good grilled octopus! Def bookmarked for when I’m ever in London.

xo Sheree
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Eliza October 10, 2017 at 7:47 am

Aww my! This dining room looks so authentic and the interior is absolutely divine! I’ve always loved British bars for their unique atmosphere and an excellent service. This is such a pleasure to spend an evening in one of those. Every single dish looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this place! When I’m in London, I’ll definitely visit it!

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Jenn October 10, 2017 at 11:23 am

The dining room is beautiful! Having good food in a good setting just makes the experience a whole lot better. The food descriptions makes me hungry. This restaurant is bookmarked whenever I’m in London!

Simply,
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Jasmine K October 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm

The food looks so good! I just got hungry looking at your photos!!

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Manda October 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Holborn Dining Room Looks so lovely and a place my husband would like the design of. 14,000 options makes my incisive mind go nuts! If I visit, I’ll definitely take a page out of your book and order the Sir Charles! It sounds absolutely tasty! Seafood is my absolute favorite! I’m itching to go to Barcelona after reading your last post and devour some amazing seafood. Grilled Octopus with native chorizo sounds phenomenal. I’ve never heard of Cornish rare bread but I need to visit Holborn Dining Room just to try that alone after your recommendation. I absolutely love sea bass and it’s been a moment since I’ve had it after moving away from a coastal town. The side sounds like a perfect paring with your meals and I’m swooning over your images. Too bad you were too full for the desert! I love to end my meal with lemon so the Glazed Lemon Tart would be perfect!

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michelle October 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm

OMG – so much food! I’m getting full just looking at all those pictures! And the Sir Charles looks too pretty to drink! So many creative choices – looks like such a fun meal! What an amazing experience!
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Jacqueline October 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm

This literally looks so good. I’ve actually never had octopus. I’m too squeamish when it comes to texture! That drink looks absolutely divine. I’m always up for an amazing drink and a fancy bar. I love the bougie stuff as I call it haha. And when it comes to a variety of options I feel like I’d try to go with something I wouldn’t normally get!

Thanks for sharing!

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Irene | Hint of Grey October 10, 2017 at 9:13 pm

it’s like I’ve been taken back in time!! the decor is so amazing

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Vanessa October 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Wow this is beautiful. I love love love London. Such a gorgeous place to travel with the family. All of these photos made me drool! This food made me absoluetely hungry. Fun fact, octopus is one of my family’s favorite food. We pretty much order it every time we go to any sushi or seafood place. So I know they’d love it. I totally get you, I eat fries literally as the side of every meal I have, haha. These truffle & parmesan fries sound to die for. And omg, glazed lemon tarts for dessert?! YUM. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading all about your meal and I have to say, the place itself looks gorgeous!

xoxo, vanessa!

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Cindy October 10, 2017 at 10:40 pm

Omg, I wish I could fly to London right now!

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Natalia k October 11, 2017 at 2:11 am

I’m a sucker for beautiful interiors and this place is stunning and would be great for date night. I’ve always wanted to visit London so I’ll add this to places to check out when I come to visit. I love it when the waiter recommends a really great drink and your cocktail was so pretty as well.
I can’t believe you had no room for dessert?! I always say That i have two stomachs a special one that always has room for dessert ha ha
Kidding aside Holborn Dining Room sounds like it has exceptional service great taste in interiors and the food looks absolutely delicious your pictures are always amazing.
Before I was a fashion blogger I was a food blogger so I definitely have an eye for this or shall I say stomach ha ha Ha
Xo
Natalia k

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Rachel Cossette October 11, 2017 at 8:22 am

This place looks and sounds amazing! The food is gorgeous. I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award! You can see your nomination and what to do next here: http://www.onepotslop.com/finding-what-moves-you/

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Kierra October 11, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Uhhh yes please sign me up! This food looks amazing and so do the drinks. Now that I’m out of school and work I’m always in the mood to
try new places to eat and hang out. This looks like a good one. That Gin bar looks so cool. If only I liked gin! Either way I’d love to check it out because
the experience, I think would be one for the books. I’ve really got to get some trips booked. I’m in the traveling mood, but when life gets in the way you just
keep letting life happen. I also need to get more fancy with my food choices. I tried octopus while in Italy and the texture was different. It tasted pretty good though.

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marcy October 12, 2017 at 2:39 am

Such a beautiful design this place have!!! The red chairs touch is very nice and classic!! I love visiting places where I can actually enjoy the place, atmospheres and specially drinks and food. The Sir Charles looks so pretty and delicious definitely a great choice. Definitely need to add this to my bucket list of places to visit! Thanks for sharing babe

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Marcy

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Heidi October 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

I love, love, love the style and decor of this restaurant. Will definitely be eating here next time we’re in London. And I’m so tempted to stay at this hotel too. So pretty!

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Rachel Vogt October 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Wow this looks so amazing. I’m loving it, i want to eat everything.
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