Whether it’s a simple afternoon tea at The Ritz or indulging in a blowout dinner at Claridges, if you want to experience the great dining rooms of London, it’s normally going to require permission from the bank manager before you get near their menus. However, if you take a walk down to the suitably posh sounding Northumberland Avenue, you will find Boyd’s Brasserie – a truly grand restaurant that won’t cost you your rent for a meal.
Built in 1887 as part of a 500-room ‘grand hotel’, the magnificent room is adorned from wall to wall in marble and gold trimmings, but has pretty much sat closed off from the world since being occupied by the Crown in 1940. However, armed with the experience of running a high end catering company (with projects including The Queen’s garden parties), Charles Boyd decided to resurrect the property by turning it into a restaurant and bar.
The all-day brasserie offers easy going modern British cuisine, including dishes like Chicken liver & foie gras pâté; Crab and lobster bisque, aioli; Confit leg of duck, cassoulet style; and a extensive list of steak options. They also do a particularly fine burger with a delicious, almost Big Mac-like relish on the side. Served with chips for £13, it’s admittedly a strange choice given the grand surroundings, but I enjoyed it! Desserts feature Fine apple tart and Gypsy tart crème fraîche with peanut brittle. They also provide a particularly inviting tapas-style menu, with a variety of small plates to pick on for £2.50 each.
Cuisine type: British
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £70
8 Northumberland Avenue
London WC2N 5BY
020 7808 3344