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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Celebrated chef Angela Hartnett's relaxed St James's Italian

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Angela Hartnett's eatery is anything but a 'café', rather a sophisticated, albeit relaxed, take on a pop-in-every-day Italian. The slim room is a looker, from its marble-topped bar to wooden floors, brown banquettes and eye-catching lighting. The cooking is equally on cue, with a northern Italian menu of simple, rustic (if refined, well-executed and well-presented) lightly portioned dishes, from squid-ink linguine with crab, chilli and agretti, or a salad of burrata, peppers and anchovies, to zabaglione. In between might come braised ox cheek with polenta, carrots and baby onions, or a fish option of perhaps sea bream fillet with clams, mushrooms, samphire and potatoes.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday and 24 and 31 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.45
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.45


  • Chef(s): Sam Williams, Adam Jay

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Northern Italian
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 37
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8
  • Main course from £18
  • Dessert from: £5.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £19
  • 3-course lunch from: £23
  • 2-course dinner from: £19
  • 3-course dinner from: £23
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 86
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24

Getting here

Nearest train station

Green Park
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