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A chic new bar, specializing in Port - 1857 The Bar, London,

1857 The Bar

4.1
4.1
41 Reviews
£25 and under
British
1857 The Bar offers you the some of the oldest & most legendary wines by the glass along with the widest selection of Port wine in any London bar, including limited, rare and unusual wines, aged tawnies, single quintas and vintage ports.
Catering to both port lovers and newcomers to the drink, there are port cocktails to discover. For example, our Port Sour prepared with Graham’s Blend Series No. 5 specifically intended for the bar scene and mixed with egg white and lemon; and the Queen of the Night which is a combination of Graham’s Tawny 10 year old port, Blandy’s 10 year old Verdelho, Seignette Cognac VS and Crème de Rose.

The bar nibbles menu has been formulated to include produce that pairs extremely well with port, including Stilton, foie gras, tuna belly and burrata.

1857 The Bar is the perfect place to drink, dine, socialise and truly immerse yourself in a casual dining and wine experience, surrounded by a chic and relaxed atmosphere.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

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4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. VI

    ViolaIllyria

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Surprisingly affordable for a rather upscale area of London! I was very pleased.
  2. C

    Chas

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great knowledge of wines, ports and whiskey. Moderately expensive but still good value.
  3. p

    pickyeater

    New England

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On the lobby level of the beautiful St. James Hotel and Club in the Mayfair section of London, this is a lovely, elegant bistro, serving fine cocktails and excellent wines, by the bottle or by the glass. It is a perfect gathering spot for post-work socializing, or a lovely dinner for two. Service is utterly perfect.
  4. MW

    MarionW

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Tucked away but very welcoming. Good value with 50% off food deal. Excellent service but ambience slightly lacking as it was quiet
  5. a

    aisha

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2017

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Ambience in the Bistro is good. As expected prices are on the high side but our wine by the glass was excellent as was the tapas. They fell down on the steak - not entirely their fault as it seems Westminster council requires all steak to be well done. However, it was a thin and small piece of (I think) rump that looked lost on the plate, with gristle on a third of it. Given the council restrictions I'm surprised they have steak on the menu at all; but if they're going to, given its going to be served brown throughout they should ensure they're serving up the best. Recommended for tapas only.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Reservation couldn´t be found by the waiter/responsible. Hence no table was reserved. Service average, failing our expectations.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this bistro in the hotel where I'm staying. Food is wonderful ... home made fabulous soup - how I'm getting my vegetables, wonderful Caesar salad!!!, great fish and amazing Gluten free dinner rolls! Was so nice to come here where it is relatively quiet, attractive and out of all the hustle and bustle of London!
  8. C

    Contact

    London

    75 reviews

    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A find. A quiet and private venue in an area where most restaurants are crowded at lunchtime. Good quality food and excellent service.
  9. WR

    WelshRarebit

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As Chiswick residents, my friends and I had heard that Foxlows had opened so wanted to try it out. The waitress we had was very attentive (sometimes slightly too attentive and chatty) and knowledgable about things on the menu. The food was delicious but far more that I could eat! The only slightly negative thing was the noise...it was very busy and we had to concentrate to hear each other speak. It didn't spoil the evening though!
  10. HE

    HappyEater

    London

    95 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very quiet and civilised venue for a meeting where some friends wanted to talk which worked really well. Service was very good, allowing us to order a range of different and flexibly, so starters, or mains or even nothing. Obviously this is an exclusive area, however, it was just really expensive for what it was.
  11. FM

    FredericM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Restaurant was closed, so only Bistro available. One waiter to clean,take orders,serve and prepare cocktails....really too short! And by the way, not what is expected with regards to food safety and quality of the meal. Disappointed and upset! Have met better by the recent past and at the same location. Christmas is not an excuse for delivering poor service.
  12. TM

    TripMom

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    While this isn't the Michelin starred restaurant at this hotel, the chef supposedly oversees both kitchens & menus. That would be difficult to tell, given our experience. The sauces we had were all good - my son's peppercorn sauce for his steak very good - but the rest of the meal was rather, well, routine at best. There are other places you can spend the same money and get a better meal, I'd suggesting looking in to those.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2014

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We love this place for late night suppers when we come into London from Cambridge for concerts. It is such a nice way to end the evening. We were disappointed on Saturday the 13th, however, when we were not given our favourite round window seat even though we had booked well in advance and had requested it.
  14. RO

    RightOnThyme

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The ambience is beautifully plush and even the restrooms are pleasantly decadent. The food is very simple and somewhat lacking in the wow factor, but perfectly enjoyable if one is not looking for a Michelin star experience. Staff are lovely.
  15. M

    Maria

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is small but extremely good. The most impressive thing is the price. Booking with OpenTable you have 50% off, so with 2 courses and a glass of wine I spent £20, totally outstanding for the location.
  16. S

    Simon

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2013

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I took 6 people to William's Bar and Bistro. We were shown a poor table, right next to swing doors at the entrance. 35 minutes passed before our first drinks arrived and even then the waitress messed up the order? The service was terrible, rude, uncaring and arrogant in the way we were served. The worst service we have ever experienced in London to date. To cap off the evening, we had ordered a rather expensive bottle of wine to accompany the main course - This was tipped all over the table in an attempt to pour from a decanter, with little apology or reaction. Hopefully, this was a one off bad experience, because if this was a normal experience, then I truly worry for them. Please exercise severe caution is deciding to dine here, not good
  17. L

    Littlezaltz

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2013

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A bit of a fan of afternoon tea, I wanted somewhere to take my Mum for Mother's Day. While some of the more obvious choices in London are far grander, I knew they would be rammed, probably with strict 2 hour turn-arounds, which isn't what I wanted. Instead, at St James' we had a leisurely 3 hour tea, with the only welcome interruptions being the offer of more tea or coffee. It's largely a serve yourself, rather than silver service, this allows for a more intimate, informal experience, while the scones, clotted cream and home-made strawberry jam, with whole strawberries, are second to none in London. The art deco surroundings are elegant and the service from the door to table and back again is warm and welcoming. Highly recommend!
  18. j

    juttae

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2012

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    we had expected a diner experience in a relaxed atmosphere. the atmosphere was nice but the diner menu is small and what was disappointing was the quality of the food. it was not up to the standard of the hotel (would i be a gault millau tester i would not give more then 11 points) which is 5 star although the rooms are small in comparison to international comparisons. the presentation of the breakfast and the afternoon tea, however, has been very good and the quality up to the standard i expected. the price of wines is exaggerated which is the case in mayfair restaurants in general.
  19. f

    foodlover1

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2012

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Cocktails took long time to arrive. The waiter finally explained that they had run out of mango juice. We ordered boiled potatoes with the main course which didn't arrive and we had to ask the waiter to take the plates away to keep the plates warm. We felt that for the price the food should have been better.
  20. j

    jec973

    London

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A great little find - lovely food, nice menu, great staff. I had a quick business lunch there and couldn't fault it. Nice varied menu with lots to choose from at a reasonable ( London) price. Relaxed dining room with plenty of space between tables so great for business lunches. Definitely would return.
  21. L

    Langers53

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Bistro was very quiet but the food, wine and service was great
  22. e

    elbatpot

    London

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Afternoon Tea by William Drabble at William's Bar and Bistro, 7 - 8 Park Place, London was quite pleasent. The bistro room is quite small and somewhat lacking in atmosphere. The food was a little underwhelming as I was expecting more from an afternoon tea designed by a Michelin stared chef. If you have a sweet tooth this menu is for you as there was a fortune of cakes and scones. I felt I could have done with a few more sandwiches to start (no refills offered)! Excellent staff.
  23. a

    anonymous

    London

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    William's Bar and Bistro, London SW1: cosy clubby bar in St James. Cocktails good (but not as good as Dukes), menu interesting, starters very good, mains OK. Service as one would hope for in this type of establishment. Very pleasant evening and ambience. Downsides: no tap water served (WHAT?) and MD needed reeminding of the discount offer. A "treats" place.
  24. S

    Sarah

    Yorkshire

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Aafternoon tea was lovely. Service was alittle slow at times but it gave us longer to eat the amazing cakes. Good value.
  25. KV

    KirstVict

    London

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely afternoon - excellent service - ask for the round table in the window!
  26. R

    Ross

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    St. James Hotel and Club is truly tucked away amongst the imposing buildings behind St. James' Palace. It is an intimate, calm and bijou place, traditional yet with modern touches. The afternoon tea was copious, although the sandwiches were rather standard, the cakes and scones were good and the choice of teas quite interesting, served with attention and discretion. Recommend the corner round table for 2.
  27. l

    lazza

    London

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2011

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    William's Bar & Bistro is situated within the St James' Hotel and has that kind of 'international clientele'. but the warm, elegant setting (ruined for us by a braying property-type nearby) is perfect for a romantic dinner. My lobster risotto starter was flavourful and plentiful and my husband's chicken and fois gras terrine was excellent. We both opted for sirloin for main course which was delicious. Be aware however that these are not bistro prices and the wine list is very expensive!
  28. A

    Avski

    London

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delightful experience! I had an early dinner with a friend at William's Bar and Bistro and we both thought that the food was excellent and the dining area itself is very stylish and chic. I had the squid for starters which was superb and the pork cheeks with Madeira for my main which I truly enjoyed. Highly recommended for a dining experience with friends or a late lunch after a day of shopping in Mayfair! The staff were friendly and efficient. I will go back if I'm in the area again!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2011

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    St James Hotel, Afternoon tea and William Drabble Very nice room and staff Sandwiches very nice a bit small cakes very rich but nice scones were a bit dry with nice cream and jam Was full till 9pm and we ate at 4pm
  30. s

    shojo134

    London

    77 reviews

    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Williams Bar is a quiet elegant venue off the busy Picadily and we were well served with pleasant service and very good food Cathy
  31. SB

    SB84

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2011

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea at William's Bar & Bistro was good value for money. Not enough sandwiches & scones weren't great but service & atmosphere were both fantastic.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very relaxed lunch last Sunday at Williams Bar and Bistro. I had the pork cheeks which were delicious and my friend had lobster risotto, which I was very jealous of! We shared a very nice bottle of wine, reccommended by our waiter, and to finish set vanilla cream with prunes poached in Earl Grey tea macerated in Armagnac! Heaven! Atmosphere was great, decor is very pretty and service really friendly. What more could you ask for?!
  33. ID

    ItalianDiner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing lunch at William's bar and bistro!! You can clearly recognise the talent of chef William Drabble (1 Mich star at seven park place)... I had a memorable terrine of confit chicken as a starter and a delicious lamb as a main! service spot on and nice atmosphere! I am often in green park and Mayfair so I can't wait to go back.. A very nice new entry in my list of favourite restaurants in London!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Booked William's on a whim for a business lunch - a great venue with an different (and interesting) ambience. Food was great and a great, slightly out-of-the-way place in you're in the area.
  35. DD

    DibDob

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Lovely quality bar/bistro. Impressive size bar with a huge array of interesting bottles on display. Food was good, though not very large and could have been a bit hotter, but none of us (4) left anything on the plates. Service was a little slow considering there was hardly anyone else in the place (it was from 2pm on a Sunday) - took an age for the wine to be delivered. As we were not in a rush it didn't affect the experience too much.
  36. h

    huntingdon

    London

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2010

    overall4food0service4ambience4
    Menu choices not ideal for vegetarians and with only a set menu, overall options were limited. However staff were friendly and accommodating as we chose to have drinks at the bar only. Good atmosphere for intimate conversations.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2010

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Tucked away, discreet, quiet. Unfortunately the waiters were that, too - service was easily the slowest I've experienced for years. A two course lunch took almost two hours despite several 'hurry up's. It spoiled what otherwise would have been a good, if somewhat staid, lunch. Pity, but avoid unless you have all the time in the world.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We ate late - 10.30pm - but got a really nice table in the bar. Food tasty, wine excellent and atmosphere also plesant. Expensive, but good.
  39. C

    jennyC

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2010

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    William's Bar and Bistro is just off Piccadilly Street and is in a hideaway hotel. As you enter the venue it is beautiful and the restaurant was romantic and very luxurious. The service was excellent, even made my husband his own brew of tea because he had a sore throat. The selection of sandwiches were good, could of had more of a variety but it was enough for two people. The cakes were delicious and the scones were lovely. A great place for romance and intimacy, would recommend others to go.
  40. NH

    NigelH

    London

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2010

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Lovely straightforward menu in a quiet and undiscovered venue. The steak was one of the most tender cuts this side of the Atlantic! A great find - you won't be disappointed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

1857 The Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Supper London. 1857 The Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7316 1621.

1857 The Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for 1857 The Bar

7-8 Park Place, St. James's, London, SW1A 1LS

Additional information

  • Area

    Green Park

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–00:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Takeaway, Wine

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