The English Grill

4.6
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41 reviews
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£41 and over
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Opulently designed with a rich royal theme of grandeur with polished silver, beautiful chandeliers and tailcoat waiters offering traditional service at its most welcoming. Experience the finest of dining with a glass wall which allows guests to catch some of the action taking place in the kitchen.
Using the finest English produce and suppliers that serve the Queen’s kitchen, the dining experience is accompanied by an extensive wine list including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, our sister vineyard in South Africa.
The English Grill was recently awarded OpenTable Diners' Choice Award 2019 and was awarded two AA Rosettes in 2018.

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New Year's Eve Gala Dinner in The English Grill: From £40

Dine with The English Grill on New Year’s Eve from 5.30pm, with the last seating at 10.30pm, from the à la carte menu, including an amuse bouche, intermediate course of Champagne sorbet, flambéed dessert and pettis fours to finish your dining experience.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 31 December 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Tue 17:30-22:30

The English Grill Festive Menu : 2 courses £40 / 3 Courses £45pp

Celebrate the festive season at the Rubens, opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Join us for a five-star celebration this Christmas, with impeccable service, culinary excellence and generous hospitality. Choose from a 2 course or 3 course festive menu served throughout December across lunch and dinner. Please note this is not a confirmed booking: a 50% deposit is required for parties of more than 6 people and a member of the team will be in touch to arrange this and confirm your booking

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 1 December 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-21:30
Mon-Fri 12:30-14:30 17:30-21:30
Sat 17:30-21:30

Dine out on Christmas Day for a stress-free Christmas

Enjoy a 5 course Christmas Day lunch for £185 per person from the finest ingredients. Children are welcome (£92.50 per child 2 - 12 years old. Under 2 yrs dine complimentary). Guests are asked to make full payment at the point of booking to secure their reservation.

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner in The English Grill. Dine with us on New Year’s Eve from 5.30pm, with the last seating at 10.30pm, from our à la carte menu, including an amuse bouche, intermediate course of Champagne sorbet, flambéed dessert and pettis fours to finish your dining experience.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 7:30AM - 11:30AM 12:30PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Tue - Fri 6:30AM - 9:30AM 12:30PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Sat 7:00AM - 10:30AM 5:30PM - 9:00PM

What 41 People Are Saying
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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was so nice the first time, that we went again the same week. It is a very nice place for good English Food and a very quiet nice ambience. The bar outside does not disturb, even when there is live music. That is just wonderful.

O
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice pre-theatre dinner, food was very good, although not outstanding. Nice service.
Very dark inside, which always makes me think that there is something they don’t want you to see.

A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent pre theatre experience and very reasonable given the restaurant. Not given 5 stars as the Hake for the main course was a little dry.

a
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A well-enjoyed meal in a classic seating with attentive, but not overly, staff. Lamb chop reminiscent of home cooking and a tender beef steak.

Y
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our anniversary. The staff made the evening so special. Service was spot on. The food was fantastic! Highly recommend The English Grill!!!

F
London
13 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This restaurant is part of the Rubens hotel and offers a beautiful dining room with open views of the kitchen. The food was very good and the staff were extremely friendly and attentive

t
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was very good, and service attentive, in the old fashioned way, but it was very very expensive for what is, essentially, grilled food with sauces.

ML
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel. Fine dining with a good selection, tastefully presented. Service was excellent!

IL
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food , will definitely be visiting again

NL
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings. Service was attentive, a little too quick on occasions, when plates were removed while I was eating my last mouthful. Food was excellent and well presented.

SR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open table mess up on my reservation even though I had a confirmation. The restaurant made it right, even thought it was open Tables fault. Wonderful atmosphere and service was right on.

DP
London
95 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An early evening outing.. It was the pre-theatre menu that had attracted us to the Rubens… ‘a bargain’. Unfortunately we arrived too late and A’la Carte it was !! There was obviously more choice on the full menu but the dishes we chose were the same as those on the theatre menu. We both opted for the whole plaice and the sticky toffee pudding with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The service was faultless, well spaced tables with very comfortable seating. The crudities with garlic dip and the selection of breads served whilst we waited for the main course were very good. The portions sizes were more than adequate, perhaps they might have been smaller on the pre-theatre offering. We’ll have to return at some point to find out.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was ok. Food was good, but not anything special. Waited forever for the check!

BR
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely attentive courteous staff, delicious food. We were looked after very well

AS
London
39 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Convenient for pre/post theatre. Nice fancy interiors, nice food at reasonable price on set menu although not wow. Would recommend.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Reservation war nicht im System
Niemand nimmt einem die Jacke ab
Die Karte ist klein und stimmt nicht überein mit OT
Dann aber netter Service

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TA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

CB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a super 3-course pre-theatre meal here. The staff were very attentive and the different types of bread given to us before the starter arrived were absolutely delicious. We ran out of time to have the hot sticky toffee pudding and so were offered alternative cold desserts which we actually preferred!
Thank you to the staff for being so accommodating. The bottles of wine are rather on the pricey side. On the plus side, this was my Mum's favourite part of the evening.

JD
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, perfectly cooked steaks! We had a wonderful time. Thank you.

TR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious meal, everything was perfect from the wine to the steak.......amazin!

P
London
31 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My ratings here reflect the service and attitude of the staff. I arrived at the hotel to find the restaurant was closed, despite me having a booking thru OpenTable which was confirmed by text the day before. Despite this confusion the staff were courteous throughout and were gracious enough to give myself and my guests complimentary drinks while worked out our other options.

I will return to see if the food matches the service!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was discreet but very attentive and the overall quality and choice of menu was extremely good.
A delightful venue for lunch.

EA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The meal was wonderful. The staff at the restaurant and hotel were very helpful and made our Christmas treat very very special.

Christmas decorations were the best in town.

EA
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully decorated for this time of year. Fabulous food, wonderful service, highly recommend

L
Mississippi
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband I brought our girls, 10 and 14, to The English Grill while on vacation in London. We wanted a very nice restaurant before heading to the theater. We were not disappointed. The food was very good. The servers were attentive, although I would expect them to be, as we were some of the only customers dining that early. The ambiance and decor were stunning. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who want a classy atmosphere and dining experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Stunning, attentive service. Great food. Steak was superb, everything else very good. Martini served ice cold exactly as requested (olive, wet, Tanqueray 10). Effortless relaxed dining experience. Thank you.

OT
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

WAY overpriced for one. And the food was mediocre at best...that’s likely being a bit generous.

y
London
21 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I dined from the Pre-theatre menu - Two courses for £30 pp or Three courses for £35 pp. A choice of three different starters, mains and desserts is offered. Their bread basket is one of the best I've had, plenty of different breads, 2 different butters and a haddock pate. The bread basket was left on the table so we could help ourselves and we polished off the lot. I opted for the plaice main course which, with hindsight, I wish I hadn't as it was served whole so as a consequence had plenty of bones, my mistake, not theirs. Service was very friendly and attentive. We were too full to eat dessert (shouldn't have had all the bread)! An enjoyable meal but I wish that we had had more time but had to leave after an hour as we had tickets to Hamilton which is close by.

NH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service. Was a treat! Would love to return again.

EY
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable.

RA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted something different for a date and chose this venue; well hidden but worth seeking out. The staff were excellent and attentive, the food was nom and the wine selection was wide but the waiter was on hand to advise. Will return.

C
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The only reason I don't give this restaurant a higher rating is that it was pretty quiet at pre-theatre supper time (maybe a dozen diners?)
The set menu represented fabulous value, particular mention of the liver with Waldorf salad starter and the (gluten free) crispbread.
I will return because the overall offering was impressive.
One point I would like to make to the restaurant, the wine list was solid but, being called The English Grill, it would be marvellous to offer English wine.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily the best dining experience we had while in London. First class; excellent service, excellent food. Made you feel like you were the only one dining in the restaurant, despite many other tables. Absolutely perfect experience.

JW
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, highly recommend!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was some of the best ever how ever the steak was large but I think could maybe have been a little more tasty and the three times fried chips a little crispier and fluffier In the middle. It was very pricey but this would not deter as the service and the atmosphere were some of the best I have ever experienced. Will definitely be back

DI
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at the English Grill. The service was professional and attentive, and the quality of the food was excellent. At £160 for two the bill was high, but then I had the most expensive item on the menu, the Aubrey Adams tomahawk steak, which was flavoursome, large and cooked to perfection.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in London for only three days and this was probably our best meal. Our waiter, Marcus, was amazing! He was so courteous and helpful and definitely enhanced our dining experience. My husband had the Kobe beef, my daughter had the chicken pot pie and I had the lamb—all were delicious and beautifully presented. I would highly recommend!

MH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my partner's birthday before going to the theatre. Very traditional English setting - you feel special as soon as you arrive. The service was excellent and the food was superb with a great choice of wines. It really was the perfect start to our evening.

W
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebratory meal for my sons 30th. The menu was extensive and the food we chose was cooked to perfection. The service was first class too.