A royal 5-star dining experience in the heart of London
The Goring Dining Room
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, British tradition, and exquisite food and wine, look no further. The Goring Dining Room is a luxury dining experience like no other, with a 5-star hotel to match.
The Goring Dining Room: 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.
It’s within close walking distance of Victoria train station and top London attractions. It’s so peaceful, that you’d be forgiven for thinking you were outside London.
The Goring royal connection
Given its close proximity to Buckingham Palace, The Goring has been a long-time favorite of the Royal Family.
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.
See the royal side of London, and jump the lines at the same time. You’ll inside these palatial homes and at a discounted rate.
“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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You feel as though you’re being whisked to a bygone era upon entering the beautifully designed dining room.
Queen Elizabeth’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 meal begins — The Goring Dining Room
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 favorite of the Queen Mother and is essentially an egg and lobster dish.
The meal experience
Before you’ve even placed your order, there’s an attentive waiter on hand with a bread basket coming your way.
Perfectly baked bread rolls, it’s tempting to take more than one.
I chose a slice of onion, fig and walnut bread, with a generous spread of butter.
Needless to say, the wine list here is impressive, and long too. Luckily, there’s a knowledgeable sommelier around to advise on a suitable choice.
Fine Michelin dining at its best — The Goring Dining Room
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 we were in a fine dining setting, I chose a simple main course. Roast cod, with a crispy oyster on top, served with cucumber and parsley, accompanied by a horseradish sauce.
The fish was perfectly cooked, with each flake melting in the mouth.
Dessert at The Goring Dining Room
Last dish of the evening was a dessert of dulcey mousse with caramelized apple and buttermilk sorbet.
“Refreshing, compact in size and a whirlwind of flavours, it’s a sweet, yet delicate, way to end the meal.”
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Refreshing, compact in size and a whirlwind of flavors, it was 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.
You’ll probably be too full at this point, but I’d urge you to try just one.
Its petite size makes it doable, 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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