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Roux at Parliament Square

Parliament Square, LONDON, SW1P 3AD

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Whichever way you look at it, this is a restaurant with serious pedigree. Just a few paces from the Houses of Parliament, it's on the ground floor of a listed building designed by Alfred Waterhouse, architect of London's Natural History Museum no less. The Roux in the name needs no introduction, although it isn't Michel Roux jnr who's cooking here on a daily basis - he's over at Le Gavroche, of course, while Steve Groves is in charge of the kitchen in Westminster. The restaurant may not be well-known to the masses, but those in the know - and that includes a good deal of politicians and architects from the local environs - keep on coming back for the clean, precise, classically based cooking that keeps a keen eye on the seasons. If cocktails are your thing, a pit-stop at the bar upstairs is a must before moving on into one of the two dining rooms, each done out in soothing neutral tones with crisp linen, fine glassware and sparkling silverware, where the service is polished but by no means fussy. Excellent brown sourdough bread and a silky smooth amuse of spiced butternut squash velouté gets an autumn meal off to a fine start, before an opener of charred Cornish mackerel (accurately timed) with heritage beetroots bringing contrasting colours and textures, and a mackerel tartare bound with horseradish cream. Roast partridge with haggis, neeps and tatties and Balvenie Doublewood whisky (the latter in the form of a spray from an atomiser to add a nice bit of table theatre) is a wintery main that demonstrates a solid grasp of technique, while dessert continues the form, bringing on a delicately poached pear with well-made fennel pollen ice cream, a warm and light almond sponge and a pear gel. It all looks beautiful on the plate, and the balance of flavours is well judged throughout. The wine list is all that you'd expect from a Roux-influenced selection.

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Tel: 020 7334 3737
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Days closed: Sat-Sun
Dates closed: Xmas, New Year, BHs

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Steve Groves
Number of seats: 56
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 2
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.

 

Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £17.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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Nearest station: Westminster

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