Sometimes, there’s nothing like a hearty, quintessentially British meal to cap off your day – especially when it comes in the form of an array of beautifully presented small plates to share between two. Located down a charming side street in Mayfair lies the beautiful St. James’s Hotel & Club in London, which has recently introduced a delightful British Tapas menu that we couldn’t want to tuck into.
Upon arrival, we were shown into the gorgeous lounge area, where guests are able to relax and have an aperitif before dinner on the plush couches and lounge chairs. The lounge is the epitome of chic, with large sofas, a sweeping bookcase to grab a book and relax and a toasty fireplace that will be perfect to warm up in the winter. After having a look around, we were led in to William’s Bar & Bistro, a comfortable and sophisticated dining room with a sweeping bar and relaxed atmosphere. We felt right at home from the moment we walked in.
We took our seats at the window whilst the lovely general manager, Salvatore, poured us two crisp glasses of English white wine from the Biddenden Vineyards in Kent whilst we looked over the British Tapas Menu. Created by the hotel’s talented and michelin starred executive chef, William Drabble, the menu is made using the best of British produce sourced from a number of small suppliers who share William’s passion for the best ingredients. There are nine delectable tapas options to choose from. They all sounded great, so we let Salvatore surprise us with a few different options.
Before we knew it, we were presented with the best of British, including Welsh Rarebit, Pork Rilette with Galette and Apple Puree, and Smoked Haddock Fish Cakes with Tartare sauce to start. Welsh rarebit is a favourite of mine and these little morsels were exceptional and comforting The Fish Cakes were perfectly crisp and the Pork Rilette was hearty topped on fresh, out-of-the-oven bread.
Salvatore poured us a light rose wine to pair with the next set of Tapas, which included Confit Lamb Breast Fritters with Apple and Mint Jelly, Smoked Salmon on Rye Bread with Creme Cheese, Potato Velour and Maderia Jus, Tutworth and Mushrooms slider with walnuts and truffle dressing and finally Haggis Beinets,
It was a lovely selection that even King Henry VIII would be content with! I was pleasantly surprised by the Haggis Beinets, as Haggis is quite an acquired taste, but these morsels were moreish. The Lamb Breast Fritters were also a highlight, light and crisp, it was a fight for who got the last one!
We finished off our evening on a sweet note with the Vanilla Cheesecake with mixed berries that was beautifully presented in a Martini glass. It was delicious, so much so, that we both agreed we should have ordered two!
All of the dishes we sampled were stunning and ideal for two people to share. The menu is ideal for a light lunch or cocktail hour before dinner. It is also a great foray into British food for those from out of town who want to try the classics whilst they are in London. It was a superb dinner with impeccable service and gorgeous surroundings. It will definitely become your go-to place for dinner or drinks! Salvatore and his talented bar team are also launching a series of cocktail masterclasses, so keep an eye out for more info!
St. James’s Hotel & Club | 7-8 Park Place | St. James’s | London | SW1A 1LS | Book Now