The Northall, WC2

The Northall WEB 201x300 The Northall, WC2Despite an apparent recession, one of the highlights of London’s hospitality scene in 2011 has been the re-emergence of the luxury hotel.  Whether it’s celebrity favourite, The W Hotel, the eye-wateringly expensive re-fit of The Savoy, or new contender to the title of London’s most opulent traveller’s residence, The Corinthia, those after a spot of extravagance or pampering won’t be left wanting.  Of course, with these hotels has come an embarrassment of suitably luxury dining establishments.

The Northall is the Corinthia Hotel’s attempt at providing a traditional British dining experience – ‘traditional’ in this case meaning the kind of meal reserved for the more discerning members of society as opposed to a curry night down the local boozer!  The beautiful brasserie-style restaurant clearly takes its inspiration from quintessential British hotel restaurants of yesteryear; the spacious room exudes understated luxury, with comfy leather banquets, high-ceilings with dramatic chandeliers, eye-catching wall-length mirrors and views of over Victoria Embankment Gardens towards the River Thames.

The all-day menu has been created by multiple-Michelin star winning head chef, Garry Hollihead.  As with all good British food, sourcing of quality ingredients is crucial and Garry’s dishes are every bit as impressive as the dining room that they are served in.   Suppliers are almost wholly British, with beef from The Lake District Farm, Trealy Farm British charcuterie and a tempting selection of cheeses sourced from La Cave which have been expertly paired with biodynamic and organic wines.

With such quality of ingredients, dishes keep things relatively simple to highlight the flavour of the feature ingredient.  Starters offer dishes such as Dressed crab, mayonnaise & melba toast, Chicken liver parfait, golden raisins & toasted brioche and Steak tartare.  Mains feature an extensive choice of 28 day aged Cumbrian shorthorn Steaks, plenty of seasonal British seafood and a few classics, including Calf’s liver, bacon, colcannon mash & onion sauce.  Puddings keep things hearty and delicious also, with delights such as Warm plum & almond tart with cinnamon custard and a decidedly decadent Chocolate praline choux with hot chocolate fudge sauce.

With Garry’s knowledge of great ingredients and a clear ability to create simple and beautifully cooked dishes it’s difficult to see anyone could improve on this classic British dining experience; the only caveat being that prices are suitably high to match the hotel’s premium-end positioning.

Food: 4/5
Venue: 4/5
Value: 2.5/5

Cuisine: British
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £110
Wine: £7
Cocktails: £13

The Northall @ The Corinthia Hotel
10A Northumberland Avenue,
London WC2N 5AE
Tel: 020 7321 3100
www.thenorthall.co.uk

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