The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras

May 4th 2012

The Gilbert Scott

I was invited to try the Gilbert Scott, a new London restaurant from Marcus Wareing housed in the glorious St Pancras station. It was a treat just to visit place and have a peek at the adjoining Renaissance hotel – it’s breathtakingly grand, although sadly we couldn’t nose much as most of it is ‘for guests only’ and prowled by security. Instead we were ushered into the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail.

The Gilbert Scott
The Gilbert Scott
The Gilbert Scott
The Gilbert Scott

The bar is so decadent and ornate, you feel like you’ve stepped back to the Twenties. The cocktails are not the typical offerings – I had a concoction of green tea, ginger and lemon, with some smoked popcorn to nibble.

The Gilbert Scott

The dining room is equally grand, but comfortable and cosy. I’d describe the menu as refined comfort food – fish and chips, artichoke tart, sides of mash and homemade baked beans, that kind of thing. Vegetarians are very well catered for with several options for each course and a host of side dishes.

The Gilbert Scott

I found it tough to choose what to have, but went for courgette flower and tomatoes to start. The tomatoes were fresh and full of flavour but I wish the flower had been filled with some kind of cheese – those things beg to be stuffed!

The Gilbert Scott
The Gilbert Scott

For main, Josh had lamb neck with broad beans, asparagus and a rich sauce. I went for mushroom cobbler which was extremely flavoursome, rich and creamy, topped with melting cheese-infused pastry discs. Yorkshire puddings were a hit but the kale was gritty – big no no.

The Gilbert Scott

Prices at the Gilbert Scott are high (£16-20 for mains) but I think the wonderful setting, generous portions and charming service justifies them. I’d love to go back to the bar for a cocktail or afternoon tea!

I was a guest of the Gilbert Scott for my visit

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Comments (6)

  • C.

    May 4th 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Lovely photos! When I was in London, the hotel had not yet re-opened, but I’d walk by and stare at it in wonder. Some of those menu items sound particularly delicious! And those photographs, wow. The first and last look like they’re from magazine spreads! Thanks for sharing for those of us who can’t make it there.

    1. Katie

      May 4th 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Aw, thank you. I think the building’s doing all the hard work for me by being gorgeous! Was great to see the inside after curiously watching the renovations for years.

  • Anushka

    May 4th 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Gasp! What a stunning setting.

  • Michelle

    May 4th 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Great photos. This place looks lovely. Afternoon tea does indeed sound like a great idea.

  • Amy

    May 5th 2012 at 7:45 am

    This looks amazing – I’ve always wanted to explore that hotel, it’s beautiful. Lovely photos, too!

    Also, I’ve just seen that they have ‘peanut caramel choc ices’ for afternoon tea. SOLD!

  • rooth

    May 5th 2012 at 7:39 pm

    The restaurant and bar look gorgeous – I’d love to have a cocktail there and wile the evening away

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