The English Grill

4.6
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Opulently designed with a rich royal theme of grandeur with polished silver, beautiful chandeliers and tailcoat waiters offering traditional service at its most welcoming. Experience the finest of dining with the addition of a glass wall which allows guests to catch some of the action taking place in the kitchen. Top quality cuts of meat will be grilled to perfection in the kitchen’s brand new charcoal-fired Josper grill.
Using the finest English produce and suppliers that serve the Queen’s kitchen, the dining experience is accompanied by an extensive wine list including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, our sister vineyard in South Africa

Specials

The Rubens Dinner Series: Bouchard Finlayson Wine Dinner £89

The night will commence with live music, pre-dinner wine and canapés at 6.30pm in our lovely Leopard Bar and Palace Lounge, followed by an exquisite five-course meal and accompanying Bouchard Finlayson Wine perfectly paired with exquisite dishes at 7pm. Full payment is required to book this experience – a member of the team will be in touch. This is not a confirmed booking.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: November 8, 2019

Ends: November 8, 2019

Availability: Fri 6:30PM-6:30PM

The English Grill Festive Menu : 2 courses £40 / 3 Courses £45pp

Celebrate the festive season at the Rubens, opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Join us for a five-star celebration this Christmas, with impeccable service, culinary excellence and generous hospitality. Choose from a 2 course or 3 course festive menu served throughout December across lunch and dinner. Please note this is not a confirmed booking: a 50% deposit is required for parties of more than 6 people and a member of the team will be in touch to arrange this and confirm your booking

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: December 1, 2019

Ends: December 31, 2019

Availability: Sun 5:30PM-9:30PM
Mon-Fri 12:30PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-9:30PM
Sat 5:30PM-9:30PM

London Restaurant Festival: 3 courses & Sommelier wine flight £45

...from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: October 1, 2019

Ends: October 31, 2019

Availability: Sun 5:30PM-9:30PM
Mon-Fri 12:30PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-9:30PM

Christmas Day Dining £185 per person

Using the finest English produce and suppliers that serve the Queen's kitchen, the dining experience is accompanied by an extensive wine list including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, our sister vineyard in South Africa. A deposit will be required to secure your booking and a member of the reservation team will be in touch with you directly.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: December 25, 2019

Ends: December 25, 2019

Availability: Wed 12:00PM-4:00PM

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Sun 7:30AM - 11:30AM 12:30PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Tue - Fri 6:30AM - 9:30AM 12:30PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Sat 7:00AM - 10:30AM 5:30PM - 9:00PM

What 39 People Are Saying
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A
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent pre theatre experience and very reasonable given the restaurant. Not given 5 stars as the Hake for the main course was a little dry.

a
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A well-enjoyed meal in a classic seating with attentive, but not overly, staff. Lamb chop reminiscent of home cooking and a tender beef steak.

Y
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our anniversary. The staff made the evening so special. Service was spot on. The food was fantastic! Highly recommend The English Grill!!!

F
London
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is part of the Rubens hotel and offers a beautiful dining room with open views of the kitchen. The food was very good and the staff were extremely friendly and attentive

t
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, and service attentive, in the old fashioned way, but it was very very expensive for what is, essentially, grilled food with sauces.

ML
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel. Fine dining with a good selection, tastefully presented. Service was excellent!

IL
London
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food , will definitely be visiting again

NL
London
13 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings. Service was attentive, a little too quick on occasions, when plates were removed while I was eating my last mouthful. Food was excellent and well presented.

SR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open table mess up on my reservation even though I had a confirmation. The restaurant made it right, even thought it was open Tables fault. Wonderful atmosphere and service was right on.

DP
London
94 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An early evening outing.. It was the pre-theatre menu that had attracted us to the Rubens… ‘a bargain’. Unfortunately we arrived too late and A’la Carte it was !! There was obviously more choice on the full menu but the dishes we chose were the same as those on the theatre menu. We both opted for the whole plaice and the sticky toffee pudding with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The service was faultless, well spaced tables with very comfortable seating. The crudities with garlic dip and the selection of breads served whilst we waited for the main course were very good. The portions sizes were more than adequate, perhaps they might have been smaller on the pre-theatre offering. We’ll have to return at some point to find out.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was ok. Food was good, but not anything special. Waited forever for the check!

BR
London
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely attentive courteous staff, delicious food. We were looked after very well

AS
London
39 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Convenient for pre/post theatre. Nice fancy interiors, nice food at reasonable price on set menu although not wow. Would recommend.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Reservation war nicht im System
Niemand nimmt einem die Jacke ab
Die Karte ist klein und stimmt nicht überein mit OT
Dann aber netter Service

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TA
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

CB
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a super 3-course pre-theatre meal here. The staff were very attentive and the different types of bread given to us before the starter arrived were absolutely delicious. We ran out of time to have the hot sticky toffee pudding and so were offered alternative cold desserts which we actually preferred!
Thank you to the staff for being so accommodating. The bottles of wine are rather on the pricey side. On the plus side, this was my Mum's favourite part of the evening.

JD
London
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, perfectly cooked steaks! We had a wonderful time. Thank you.

TR
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious meal, everything was perfect from the wine to the steak.......amazin!

P
London
31 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My ratings here reflect the service and attitude of the staff. I arrived at the hotel to find the restaurant was closed, despite me having a booking thru OpenTable which was confirmed by text the day before. Despite this confusion the staff were courteous throughout and were gracious enough to give myself and my guests complimentary drinks while worked out our other options.

I will return to see if the food matches the service!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was discreet but very attentive and the overall quality and choice of menu was extremely good.
A delightful venue for lunch.

EA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The meal was wonderful. The staff at the restaurant and hotel were very helpful and made our Christmas treat very very special.

Christmas decorations were the best in town.

EA
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully decorated for this time of year. Fabulous food, wonderful service, highly recommend

L
Mississippi
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband I brought our girls, 10 and 14, to The English Grill while on vacation in London. We wanted a very nice restaurant before heading to the theater. We were not disappointed. The food was very good. The servers were attentive, although I would expect them to be, as we were some of the only customers dining that early. The ambiance and decor were stunning. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who want a classy atmosphere and dining experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Stunning, attentive service. Great food. Steak was superb, everything else very good. Martini served ice cold exactly as requested (olive, wet, Tanqueray 10). Effortless relaxed dining experience. Thank you.

OT
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

WAY overpriced for one. And the food was mediocre at best...that’s likely being a bit generous.

y
London
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I dined from the Pre-theatre menu - Two courses for £30 pp or Three courses for £35 pp. A choice of three different starters, mains and desserts is offered. Their bread basket is one of the best I've had, plenty of different breads, 2 different butters and a haddock pate. The bread basket was left on the table so we could help ourselves and we polished off the lot. I opted for the plaice main course which, with hindsight, I wish I hadn't as it was served whole so as a consequence had plenty of bones, my mistake, not theirs. Service was very friendly and attentive. We were too full to eat dessert (shouldn't have had all the bread)! An enjoyable meal but I wish that we had had more time but had to leave after an hour as we had tickets to Hamilton which is close by.

NH
London
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service. Was a treat! Would love to return again.

EY
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable.

RA
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted something different for a date and chose this venue; well hidden but worth seeking out. The staff were excellent and attentive, the food was nom and the wine selection was wide but the waiter was on hand to advise. Will return.

C
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The only reason I don't give this restaurant a higher rating is that it was pretty quiet at pre-theatre supper time (maybe a dozen diners?)
The set menu represented fabulous value, particular mention of the liver with Waldorf salad starter and the (gluten free) crispbread.
I will return because the overall offering was impressive.
One point I would like to make to the restaurant, the wine list was solid but, being called The English Grill, it would be marvellous to offer English wine.

D
London
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best dining experience we had while in London. First class; excellent service, excellent food. Made you feel like you were the only one dining in the restaurant, despite many other tables. Absolutely perfect experience.

JW
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, highly recommend!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was some of the best ever how ever the steak was large but I think could maybe have been a little more tasty and the three times fried chips a little crispier and fluffier In the middle. It was very pricey but this would not deter as the service and the atmosphere were some of the best I have ever experienced. Will definitely be back

DI
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at the English Grill. The service was professional and attentive, and the quality of the food was excellent. At £160 for two the bill was high, but then I had the most expensive item on the menu, the Aubrey Adams tomahawk steak, which was flavoursome, large and cooked to perfection.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in London for only three days and this was probably our best meal. Our waiter, Marcus, was amazing! He was so courteous and helpful and definitely enhanced our dining experience. My husband had the Kobe beef, my daughter had the chicken pot pie and I had the lamb—all were delicious and beautifully presented. I would highly recommend!

MH
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my partner's birthday before going to the theatre. Very traditional English setting - you feel special as soon as you arrive. The service was excellent and the food was superb with a great choice of wines. It really was the perfect start to our evening.

W
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebratory meal for my sons 30th. The menu was extensive and the food we chose was cooked to perfection. The service was first class too.

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The english grill is a bit on the posh side,. We arrived in our everyday close. However even though the waiters waited in jacket and tie, they did everything to make us feel welcome, and ignored our poor choice of close. The meat selection is really good, and they have a daily carvery cut, which was belly of pig with crackling. We also had fish of the day (tuna) and a NY strip loin. Sides were extra, but really good (spuds in goose fat), English greens, and a sauce of your choice. Wine: very good pinot. Desert: Creme Brulee which lacked the vanilla, but was otherwise good. All in alle a very good place although on the expensive side. It lacks a relaxing atmosphere, but I guess its a part of the concept, since its in at Hotel.