Mention the words ‘Mayfair’ and ‘celeb hangout’ and most of us would either run a mile or charge towards it like a bull to a Spanish bloke in silly clothes. I’m more of the former persuasion, but a few reliable recommendations made Mews of Mayfair the location for a pre-Xmas boozy lunch with Mr. Buffy the Nightclub Slayer and Mr. Pants.
Located within a quiet cobbled courtyard in the heart of Mayfair, Mews is ideally placed to get away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and Bond Street. The venue comprises of two mews houses converted to stunning effect. Revellers can enjoy dinner in the restaurant, have some great cocktails in the Cocktail bar or party away until 1am in the basement bar. The whole venue is consciously understated, with the feel of an elegant private house. The restaurant’s charming decor is cosy yet minimalist and is equally suited to long, lazy lunches or more formal occasions.
The menu is largely devoid of airs and graces so provides a welcome balance of interesting with real food. Starters included a well made Duck & ham hock terrine and a simply outstanding Ravioli Paysanne with seared fois gras; the dish was incredibly comforting and rich with flavour, and if there is another venue in London that provides such a generous portion of fois gras for £8, I’ve yet to find it. Highlights from the mains included a Saddle of Lamb which was loaded with meaty flavour, perfectly cooked and surely one of London’s finest lamb dishes. Chocolate fondant for dessert was also as good as you can expect. We were also recommended some excellent wines from the extensive and reasonably priced list to complement our meal.
As strange as it may sound, the restaurant also provided genuine value considering the location, venue and all round quality. The smart, attentive and friendly service simply topped off an excellent experience. Mews of Mayfair really is one of London’s best kept secrets and for once, it appears the celebs have got it right.
Cuisine type – British
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £70
Cocktails – £3.50
Wine – £9.50
Mews of Mayfair
10-11 Lancashire Ct