I have always been a fan of boutique hotels and have previously had the pleasure of visiting a couple of hotels from The Red Carnation Hotel Collection which certainly has some of the most beautiful hotels in the most luxurious locations around London. Impressed by my experiences at The Milestone Hotel and The Rubens at the Palace, I looked forward to my visit to The Chesterfield, located in the heart of Mayfair, just minutes away from Bond Street, Piccadilly and the Royal Parks.
Within this charming and quintessentially British hotel, is the warm and intimate Butlers Restaurant, famously the home of “the best Dover Sole in London”, as well as host to one of the capital’s most popular and award-winning themed Afternoon Tea’s, The Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea.
The restaurant, which offers elegant dining matched by first class service, is led by Chef Nathan Hindmarsh, where you can expect fresh English cuisine with an international twist, using only the freshest carefully sourced ingredients.
We visited during lunchtime to try their All Day Dining Menu which offers a wide range of favourite dishes, originally created by the President and founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Bea Tollman.
Warmly greeting us at the entrance was Asst. F&B Manager, Fiachra, who welcomed us with glasses of champagne. Whilst waiting for our mains, we shared a couple of small plates to whet our appetites. The pork sausage rolls were nice bite-sized portions accompanied by some homemade piccalilli, and the wild mushroom arancini were warm and comforting, served with an aromatic truffle mayonnaise – some lovely comfort food that had us both wanting more.
It has been a while since I last indulged myself in a good steak, and I really enjoyed the dry aged Bavette steak that I requested to be cooked medium rare so that it was still nice and pink in the centre. Tender and flavoursome, the steak was complemented by a creamy béarnaise sauce, and a side of golden triple cooked chips.
My dining partner ordered the H. Foreman’s smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, served with toasted sourdough – you just can’t go wrong with a classic brunch option.
For dessert we went for the English strawberry Arctic roll with elderflower and Thai basil, as well as Bea Tollman’s honeycomb ice cream, drizzled with salted caramel sauce – a sweet finish to a relaxing lunch that made the sweet-tooths in us smile with glee.
Alongside the delicious food, they also have a great selection of cocktails, from classics such as their Chesterfield Margarita and Cosmopolitans, to the more experimental Signature cocktails, like the White Wedding, and my favourite of them all, the Apple Smoked Vieux Carré that I would highly recommend – served in a glass dome filled with apple smoke for those who love a bit of theatre!
I look forward to returning again one day to try out The Original Sweet Shop Afternoon Tea.
Butlers Restaurant are also participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme where you can get a discount of up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner, on food or non-alcoholic drinks when you dine in every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August. And what’s better is that they have now extended the offer for another month in September, available from Monday to Friday.
Covid-19 Health & Safety Protocols have been put in place since they reopened, and you can read their updated information on safety measures via this link.
- My experience at Butlers Restaurant at The Chesterfield Mayfair was complimentary – views and photos are my own.