Hyde Park Corner, LONDON, SW1X 7TA
London is hardly short of gilded relics of empire, but this grand old mansion on Hyde Park Corner is in the Premier League. The Lanesborough offers a world-class level of luxury and service, but if your budget's not up for stratospherically-priced rooms - personal butler included - you can sample the hotel's oligarch-friendly glamour by booking a table at Céleste, the opulent dining room. And those tables come glistening with top-class crystal and silverware, beneath a glass-domed ceiling that reflects a trio of shimmering chandeliers, and blue and white friezes resembling delicate Wedgwood china. Modern French cuisine is the kitchen's thing, cooked with top-level skill under the aegis of French super-chef Eric Frechon, although day-to-day delivery of the Frechon style is in the talented hands of head chef Florian Favario. The kitchen and über-professional front-of-house team may be as French as a camembert baguette, but the first-class materials underpinning the menu are resolutely British: a Burford Brown egg comes with pickled and puréed mushrooms, a parmesan sablé biscuit, toasted hazelnuts and a deeply-flavoured chicken jus, while day-boat cod is matched with lemon confit, light butter sauce and butter-laden crushed potatoes. Guanaja chocolate mousse, coffee ice cream and caramelised cashew praline team up to provide a classy finish.
Tel: 020 7259 5599
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Open all year.
Cooking type: French, British
Chef: Florian Favario, Eric Frechon
Number of seats: 100
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Vegetarian meals available.
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £30.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.