Gordan Ramsay at Claridges…

November 23, 2010

It was my birthday last week, and as part of my treat the Boy took me to Claridges, which I must say is now my most favourite place in the world.

It was such a great meal and it was made so special by the amazing service we received.

I didn’t take photographs of the hotel or dining room as I normally do, I didn’t feel it was okay to do this here.

The hotel is art deco and is beautiful, and everyone we met was so lovely, smiley, pleased to see us and helpful.

I really urge you to go here, go for tea, go for lunch, just go!

I did, however, have to share the ladies room with you, after my post about The Anthenaeum I am sure you know I adore a gorgeous power room…

*sigh* check out the dressing tables…

you literally don’t lift a finger here there is a discreet lady to turn on the taps and pass a towel…

I could seriously live here.

So the meal…

My amuse bouche was a pumpkin soup… probably with a flourish but I cannot remember what that was… very tasty indeed and quite a large portion…

The Boy had chosen soup for his starter so was given a goats cheese salad with beetroot and butternut squash…

I go out to eat a lot, and I have been to some really nice places but this was my first proper fine dining experience, and I loved it.

It was the smallest things that I liked the most, mostly based around the service.

And I adored the battered silverware… just think of the history of my cutlery!

I apologise for going on a bit in this post but I want to remember everything…

Little things like placing the correct spoon on the edge of my plate; to save my embarrassment of not using the correct one? Like arriving at our table when we raised our eyes, no trouble attracting someone’s attention here.

The Boy joked about asking for chips and tomato sauce but I doubt whether they would even blink before arriving with both 2 minutes later…

We went for the £30 three course lunch menu, which we thought was amazing value, not just because of the service but the food… it was so. good.

We also ordered a bottle of wine (a Argentinian Viognier) that was about £40, one of their cheaper ones, which was really great, and this was poured for us throughout the meal, placed in a bucket where even if we wanted to we couldn’t have reached it but not once were we left dry…

You order your wine on an iPad, which almost doesn’t fit with the traditional surroundings and service, however it does make selecting wine very easy and less intimidating, you can pick by country, grape or colour and then again from more options within those.

The arrival of the wine was again service at its best, we had just picked our Viognier, the waiter left us then another appeared with an ice bucket, then another with our selected bottle, all within seconds… then he disappeared only to arrive and pour again a minute later with the bottle open. No fuss!

For my starter I chose the rabbit and crayfish ravioli…

At each course both of our dishes were covered, then both the covers lifted at the same time… this was done with all, us a table of two, to large tables, we saw one where seven waiters appeared out of no-where all lifting the seven covers then melting away again, it was something to watch. Everything is done to make you feel special.

My ravioli was so good, the peas were just perfect… probably my favourite course.

The Boy had parsnip soup… which came as a little dish of the venison with the onions and beans then the soup was poured over the top at the table, it was all about the show…

Main dishes…

For my main I had sea bream… it was so fresh, it really tasted of the sea, and everything that same with it was cooked so perfectly, I was very quiet when eating this…

The Boy had braised pork cheek with pork belly… which is what I wanted to order but am still a little squeamish about some meat (and the crackling would have gone to waste) but I did try it and it was amazing, so rich and melt in the mouth…

Then for dessert we skipped the cheese (it was a hard decision) as we thought the desserts would be too special to miss, so I had parfait and The Boy has a pannacotta, an unusual choice for him but of course it was great…

We did regret it a little after seeing the cheese trolley though (huge!).

The parfait with a crispy wafer treat beside it

Pannacotta…

My parfait also came with this molten pot of hot chocolate amazingness… seriously if I could just have this pot with me at all times I would consume far less chocolate, it was that intense

About halfway through our time in Claridges we realised we had to catch our train quite soon, so with this being a little issue as we were still awaiting our mains we mentioned to a waiter that we had only an hour before we had to leave.

No problem, suddenly our mains arrived, and shortly after we had finished our desserts arrived, then as soon as we had finished them coffee was offered and arrived with petit fours in minutes.

They literally speeded up perfectly timing everything so we left on time, then apologised for rushing us, brilliant!

The petit fours were equally great, fresh mint chocolates and marshmallows…

The chocolates were made with fresh mint leaf, they were the best after-dinner mints ever, I am going to try to replicate them… somehow!

I have also been wanting to make marshmallows for ages, this has scared me a little as they were the lightest things I have ever eaten and I doubt I could match them.

Then the best bit…

On our way out the maître d’ said goodbye and asked ‘Is it a special occasion?’ (strong French accent of course!) and the Boy replied, Sally’s birthday… ‘Saaaalllyyyy, ‘appy birthday!’ then to his hostess; ‘has anyone given her, her surprise?’ to shocked “Oh no’s!”…

Then I was whisked into the kitchen for a tour!

And given this…

Like I said, everything is a show and is to make you feel special, and although I was massively embarrassed it was brilliant.

So yes all in all I loved Claridges, and would recommend it, obviously you could splurge and spend an absolute fortune, but you really don’t have to, to enjoy it, so go!

I am definitely going to return for my favourite… afternoon tea very soon.

A massive thanks to my amazing boyfriend for this xxx

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3 Responses to “Gordan Ramsay at Claridges…”

  1. Lesley Says:

    Fantastic description Sal, I really felt I was there with you! You’re a lucky girl (but deserve it!)


  2. So lovely! Last time we were in London, we had tea at Claridge’s and it seemed like such a quintessentially English experience. Next time I’ll definitely have to return for dinner! XO


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