The Goring Dining Room experience: 5-star dining in the heart of London
In a city as cosmopolitan and diverse as London, the choice of restaurants offering luxury dining can be overwhelming. However, if you’re looking for a place with royal connections, classic British elegance, and exquisite food and wine, there’s one place that stands out from the rest. The Goring Dining Room experience is luxury dining like no other, and the hotel’s not too bad either.
The 5-star hotel in central London is a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace — something that reflects in the classic British design.
The Goring – a brief history
This family-run hotel first opened on 2 March 1910. It’s thought to be one of the first hotels to offer central heating along with en suite facilities in each room. There are 69 luxurious suites and rooms, each of which matches the luxurious décor. One really attractive quality is the hotel’s location. Though within close walking distance of Victoria train station and top London attractions, it’s so peaceful, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the countryside.
The Goring royal connection
Given its close proximity to Buckingham Palace, The Goring has been a long-time favourite of the Royal Family. In fact, during the coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, the hotel hosted many guests who were in attendance. The Goring received a Royal Warrant in 2013 for its services to the hospitality industry and to the Royal Family.
So strong is the royal connection that it continues to this day. The Duchess of Cambridge famously spent her last night here as a single woman in the aptly named Royal Suite.
“…I chose the ricotta dumplings, Iberico ham, glazed wild mushrooms in a chestnut veloute. In short, it’s a work of art on a plate…”
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“There are 69 luxurious suites and rooms, each of which matches the luxurious décor.”
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The Goring Dining Room – let’s talk food
Upon entering the beautifully designed dining room, you feel as though you’re being whisked back to a romantic past. The Queen’s nephew, David Linley, designed the room, whose intention was to allow plenty of natural light by day. At night, the sparkle from the Swarovski chandeliers add a soft and romantic touch to the surroundings.
The Michelin starred dining room offers a menu of traditional British and fusion dishes. Chef Shay Cooper and his team offer diners a gastronomic experience, using fresh, high-quality ingredients from local suppliers.
The menu choices are intriguing and one where you’ll probably need the help of Google! Take the mysterious sounding Eggs Drumkilbo. This starter was a favourite of the Queen Mother and is essentially an egg and lobster dish.
The Goring Dining Room – the meal experience
Before you’ve even placed your order, there’s an attentive waiter on hand with a bread basket coming to your table. Don’t think about the carb calorie count; just go for it! I chose a slice of onion, and fig and walnut bread, with a generous spread of butter. Needless to say, the wine list here is impressive, and long! Luckily, there’s a knowledgeable sommelier around to advise on a suitable choice.
For my starter, I chose the ricotta dumplings, Iberico ham, glazed wild mushrooms in a chestnut veloute. In short, it’s a work of art on a plate, and probably the tastiest and richest soup I’ve ever tried!
Though in a luxury setting, sometimes choosing a simple option can pay off. Take my main course of roast cod, with a crispy oyster on top, and served with cucumber and parsley. The fish is so perfectly cooked it takes zero effort to cut into, and the horseradish sauce is the ideal tangy accompaniment.
At this point, rather than feeling I was about to burst after eating 2 courses, I felt wonderfully satisfied. So satisfied in fact, that I had more than enough appetite to glance over the dessert menu!
“Refreshing, compact in size and a whirlwind of flavours, it’s a sweet, yet delicate, way to end the meal.”
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Last dish of The Goring Dining Room experience was the dulcey mousse with caramelised apple and buttermilk sorbet. Refreshing, compact in size and a whirlwind of flavours, it’s a sweet, yet delicate, way to end the meal.
No luxury dining meal experience is complete without a selection of petit fours and tea/coffee. Yes, you’ll probably be too full at this point, but I’d urge you to try just one. The petit size of these sweets makes it possible, and once you try the macarons, you’ll be glad you didn’t say no.
The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JA, United Kingdom
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