A vantage point overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace is a suitably regal location for The English Grill – a new brasserie-style restaurant opening at The Rubens at the Palace hotel in central London.
The luxurious fine dining restaurant serves a menu designed around premium seasonal produce with ingredients sourced from the highest quality English suppliers, including meats from Aubrey Allen, Royal Warrant holder to Her Majesty The Queen.
In homage to The Rubens’ rich royal history and ties to traditional English society, The English Grill delivers a service from tailcoated waiters, including the theatre of a daily roast, which is carved from a bespoke silver trolley at guests’ tables.
These traditional English roasts, which change daily, include delicacies such as beef Wellington served with creamed onions and Madeira jus; belly of slow roasted pork with crackling and apple sauce; and salmon en croute, locally sourced from Billingsgate Fish Market and served with creamed spinach and champagne butter sauce.
Also on a daily rotation are The English Grill’s signature gourmet pies, which offer modern twists on retro classics, and include favourites such as pork and apple, shepherd’s and chicken pot pies – the latter made to a famed recipe which was perfected by Red Carnation Hotel Collection founder and president, Mrs Bea Tollman.
The English Grill’s menu also features a selection of vegetarian and seafood dishes, as well as a spectacular 20oz Aubrey Allen tomahawk steak dish.
The à la carte menu is accompanied by an extensive wine list including a selection from Bouchard Finlayson, The Rubens’ sister vineyard in South Africa.
The 28-strong team of chefs is led by Ben Kelliher who joins The English Grill from Butlers Restaurant at sister property, The Chesterfield Mayfair. During his decade-long tenure, Kelliher established Butlers as one of the finest dining venues in Mayfair and built its reputation for “the best Dover Sole in London”.
Kelliher also brings across with him the outstanding talents of pastry chef Sarah Houghting while Paul Foxon has been appoined head maitre’d following many years as head waiter at The Ritz Hotel in London.
As part of a five year, multi-million pound refurbishment of the whole Rubens hotel, The English Grill offers beautiful chandeliers, intimate leather booths and the Cavalry Bar providing a welcoming environment in which to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails, or to extend the evening with a digestif.
The kitchen has also been fully refurbished with the addition of a glass wall allowing guests to enjoy the chefs in action, while the Josper grill does much of the cooking.
Malcolm Hendry, general manager of The Rubens at the Palace, said: “With the loving restoration of this historic property now complete, The Rubens has simply never looked better. We are very proud to launch The English Grill at a time when Victoria and the Nova complex are firmly establishing themselves as dining destinations in their own rights. This amazing new restaurant offers guests even more choice, bringing unrivalled glamour and the elegance of traditional English fine dining to the area.”