On weekends, my insatiable appetite and search for good food often sees me venturing to different parts of the city – this time to the stylish and fashionable streets of Belgravia where we visited The Thomas Cubitt Public House & Dining Rooms for a leisurely Saturday lunch.

As I turned round the corner onto Elizabeth Street, I successfully resisted the urge to stop and ‘ooh’ like a pink-obsessed Instagrammer at Peggy Porschen with their autumn-inspired doorway arch. My submission to temptation will probably be revealed on my Instagram feed at a later date, but for now I was on a mission, as I flounced my way through the doors of The Thomas Cubitt, housed in a tall, classic three-storey country-house.

We were seated in the bright and elegant first floor dining room, which had a warm and welcoming feel to it – I loved the interior design, with its rustic wooden floors, intricate wall paneling and fireplace features. Seeking advice on a good wine, we were recommended the Cubitt House own-label house white, a Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley that we both approved of – crisp with hints of tropical fruits, and very easy to drink.

The Lyme Bay mackerel tartare was light and delicate, and beautifully presented in a cooling cucumber gazpacho and honeycomb pieces that added texture and sweetness to the dish. I had tried the scotch egg dish at The Alfred Tennyson which I enjoyed, and was equally pleased with the rabbit scotch egg on this menu, which had a bright and gooey centre as a good scotch egg should have, coated in crispy, golden breadcrumbs.

I can’t resist a good pub-lunch pie, and loved the Trecorras Farm kid goat pie, which had a good, buttery pastry and contained deliciously marinated, tender meat filling – the perfect comfort food dish for those chilly autumn days. This was served with a creamy whole grain mustard mash, roasted fennel, goat’s curd and not forgetting the all-important gravy that brought the whole dish together. The pan-fried cod was nice and flaky, although the skin could have been a little bit crispier. The cod croquette on the side was tasty and the gooseberry relish had a nice balance of sweetness and tartness to complement the dish.

The sides tasted just as good as the mains: the roasted rainbow carrots were cooked through nicely, mixed with chard, pickled grapes and toasted hazelnuts, and the fries with truffle and parmesan were incredibly crunchy and moreish.

For dessert, we finished with the sour cream and lime cheesecake, which was smooth yet much lighter than a regular cheesecake, served with roasted peach, salted butter shortbread and a perfectly quinelled peach sorbet. The raspberry eclair was another strong dessert choice, filled with a sweet white chocolate mousse and caramel ice cream on the side.

The first floor dining room is the perfect place to enjoy fine British food in a private and charming setting. Or if you’re looking for something a bit more casual, there is also the Ground Floor Bar that has more of a buzzy atmosphere to it.

The Thomas Cubitt is another one of Cubitt House’s fine collection of public houses and hotels – I previously visited The Alfred Tennyson for dinner, which you can read about here. I look forward to discovering their other exquisite venues soon, including the much anticipated opening of The Coach Makers Arms later this year – in the meantime, you check out their website for more information.

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