The Guinea

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At the Guinea, we specialize in serving you the finest aged, grass fed English and Scotch beef. We are founder members of the Scotch beef Club whose president, Princess Anne is a passionate supporter. The Guinea also enjoys a huge following for steak pies. We have been National Steak pie champions no less than 3 times. We don’t ignore fish and seafood lover’s either and offer you a quality selection.

The Guinea is unique in that the restaurant and private dining room is housed with the walls of one of London’s oldest pubs established in 1423. This means that not only do we offer you a fine selection of wines, particularly Claret and Burgundy, we also serve Young’s award winning ales. Respected restaurant guides like Hardens, Zagat and the Good Food guide nearly always remark on our warm and friendly service. Acclaimed food critic Giles Coren also placed us in his list of top 50 favourite restaurants in the UK (The Times January 2014).
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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very small room, lovely really but a bit too cramped. Food was excellent. Our first meal in London...excellent choice for high end English pub food! A carnivores delight!!

RM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were excellent, especially guy manning the door who managed to get me a pint while I waited for my guest and then sorted me out a great table.
Cote de Beouf was excellent and so big two of us couldn’t eat it.

LK
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal—an incredible Sunday roast beef, Yorkies, and veggies.

A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for the Sunday roast and selected the fillet and the T-bone steak with all the trimmings and sides. The steaks are well seasoned and the sauces also flavoursome. The tables are a little too close together which leaves little room for privacy. However, it is a popular spot so they have to make the most of the space. The pub is also a lovely place for a drink, especially in the summer as it looks out to the courtyard.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb experience in a real old school London classic

The Guinea
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us on OpenTable. To be called a 'classic' makes us very happy indeed. Best wishes The Guinea Grill

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O
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good. But very small portions - we paid something like £6 for a broccoli side but there were only 5 small stem pieces!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak restaurant and the pies are pretty immense. Really enjoyed this old school London pub dining experience. The quality and variety of meat options is really good.

L
London
56 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Guinea Grill is probably one of the most historical gastropubs I've been to. Built in 1423 as an inn and then transformed into a restaurant in 1953. Decor is still very dated, almost kept to it's old school setting with it's numerous of old paintings lined across the wall and an old green banquette below it in which we were seated. All the tables and seats were tightly put together, quite cosy. We were even greeted by a nice gentleman wearing a Victorian green tailcoat. Service was great throughout.

Sadly food was pretty average apart from everything cooked on the grill. We started on Eggs Royale which was okay. Salmon was a little too salty for my liking though and muffin a little dense.

Then we move onto our lamb grill, which was almost a breakfast dish, containing all the usual breakfast items along with one lamb chop, a lamb rib and lamb kidneys. There was definitely no effort on presentation, everything slabbed on our plate. For £26 it was very pricey for the portion, half of one mushroom, one tomato, a small sausage and egg. I do wish we got more of the lamb rib and lamb chop as they were delicious. Both of them grilled to perfection, butter knife tender with a great bite. Everything else was the standard affair.
We were quite disappointed with the pork belly roast. Although the trimmings were lovely, a nice giant fluffy Yorkshire pudding, fluffy roast potatoes, nice roasted veg and freshly steamed kale, we were in it for the pork. Sadly that itself was quite dry and boring and needed the gravy for it to be moist enough to enjoy.
We also ordered a side of beef dripping chips. Now these were good, chunky, fluffy and packed full of flavour. A must order.
I do believe all the ingredients were to the highest of standards but just wasn't executed to their fullest potential. Saying that, it was nice to experience an old traditional pub restaurant.

CM
Kent
30 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always a great lunch superb wine and fabulous service

o
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it - the steak was cooked perfectly and the hospitality is great! Highly recommended.

CD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great spot but was a bit disappointed with the pie. It was an individual one but was very dry. The old style way of serving from a huge tray seems to have changed sadly.

The steak was surprisingly good and the prices are very fair for Mayfair/Marylebone

RO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fantastic meal at the Guinea as always. One of my favourites. Was seated upstairs which was initially disappointing but the room was full in 20 minutes and it is actually a very pleasant room.
Will be back for more!

R
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Dickensian gem in the centre of Mayfair, great steaks and pies, attentive service at the back of a well frequented public house, with proper beer and IPA. It’s not cheap, but feels historic, go if you feel flush.

PM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned here after a few years away. Very pleased to see it has not lost any of its character and food and service was exceptional.

NM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Food great but, at these prices, having a mere 6 inch gap between tables is ridiculous. Conversation is virtually impossible - the noise being the only thing that aids any confidentiality......that is, unless you speak loud enough to be heard by your companion!

FF
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a good steak done the correct way. Don’t expect to have an intimate or business discussion because the tables are pretty close, but at least you can “sample” what others are having.

They have an interesting serving system with multiple hand-offs which seem a little strange for a smaller place, but it seems to work-don’t expect to make a new friend. But we go for the steaks and the sides don’t disappoint either. Everyone I have taken there always comes away with “that was one of the best steaks I have ever eaten in London” quote.

AS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Sunday lunch

GR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Wonderful wine to accompany.
Old fashioned service such a pleasant change. Will be back very soon.

JL
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great pies but the format has changed in recent years as they are now served in a dish so its only pastry on the top and not the sides . Maybe for health reason that makes sense. Wonderful ale house.

OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Super place , lots of charm with a fantastic original pub and small rear restaurant which has a lovely buzz. Traditional but well cooked and very good feeling about the place . In a news just off Berkeley square with lots of space to stand out side in good weather.

l
London
70 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Second visit. This time we were very squashed up having asked for a specific table which I later noticed was empty. I also asked for extra potatoes and fewer parsnips. I got three potatoes and a huge plate of parsnips. The wine was vastly overcharged. These issues got sorted out but I needed to complain first. It's expensive for a Sunday roast but worth it when they do it properly but this time they didn't. This was many due to poor service.

PH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the Guinea, I must have been 10 times, they have the best steaks and pies that you could wish for. Great beers and wine selection and very knowledgeable staff.

I do wish they would improve the gent’s toilet, it is not fitting for such a nice place.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was excellent. You get what you pay for - so not a “bargain” but wonderful steak at appropriate price.

T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Guinea Grill is a lovely place for Sunday Lunch. Seating is a bit tight but the service was good and food lovely. A bit pricey, but it is in Mayfair-so to be expected.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had been there in maybe 15 to 20 years and it was a much different experience They always had the best Dover Sole but it is not even on the menu. The beef had no taste and the lamb full of fat.

L
Philadelphia
277 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was a disappointing experience, where there were no salads available at 7:30 in the evening. The meal was OK, but the vegetables poor - only prepared with sauces and nothing steamed. Markedly overpriced.

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Staff need to be trained in food allergies. Few gluten free options and little care taken

KT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Very close tables with a noisy drunk woman opposite who lifted up her sweater at one point to reveal all! Not nice.
Meat pie was tasty, but I can do as well if not better myself. Fish was good quality but again poor value. Wine was extremely expensive for what it was. Lovely waiters working in difficult conditions. So 5* for service and 2* for the rest. No privacy, noisy and over-priced.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant. Good wine list. And fabulous food and service. Quirky rather than classy.

K
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy the Guinea when in London. My wife enjoyed her fillet steak and my snake and Pygmy was very tasty. Service was excellent it’s just that tables are rather close together.

OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good as usual - always a great lunch served at The Guinea

SS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food but too noisy and tables too close together

ZP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever you go to the Guinea, you always win - great staff, food and wine list, to suit all pockets.

KS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food took one hour to come because there was a new chef cooking the pies, but to make up for it, the Guinea gave us our entire lunch on the house. Incredible.

R
London
21 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A perennial favourite Gastropub in Mayfair, the dining room has a Dickensian feel, the food is straight down the fairway but very well cooked. The oyster are a bargain, the steaks are perfectly executed, the wine list is expensive. Overall this Inn is a gem, amongst the high end but not so good dining scene in Mayfair.

BN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is superb. Never disappointed. The service is excellent. My martini was great! We go back to this restaurant every time we’re in London. It’s that good!

JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Guinea is a great spot for a proper pint in the pub followed by a nice steak dinner in this authentic setting. The staff is warm and welcoming. It is a great place to enjoy dinner with friends while in London.

C
London
24 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The starters were only average, in particular the crab cocktail which had a strange taste and the asparagus which was disappointing bearing in mind this IS the asparagus season. The filet steak and the steak, kidney and mushroom pie were both very good and well cooked but the side dishes of cauliflower cheese and mashed potatoes were just ordinary. Service was pleasant and attentive. Overall, we felt our our meal was expensive for what it was and disappointing in a dining room that was virtually empty and which we found to be characterless. We do not intend to return.

RI
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was my first time eating at the Guinea.
It was a pleasant experience and the food was nice. Service was very good.

c
London
19 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday roast in authentic British atmosphere

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