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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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A gastronomic lesson in time travel from Heston

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Heston Blumenthal may be best known for his cutting-edge molecular cooking, but his fascination with culinary history underpins the food served within the luxurious setting of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. A time-travelling trip through half a millennium of British cooking is recreated by executive chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, who cooks dishes developed with his Fat Duck mentor. As befits a venue overlooking Hyde Park, the setting is grand yet understated, but a waspish sense of humour is evident in jelly mould light fittings. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall kitchen allows diners to observe the chefs at close quarters - watching pineapples turning on clockwork rotisseries, for example. The ideas may be centuries old, but the techniques are very much of the moment. A starter of Earl Grey tea-cured salmon with lemon salad, gentleman's relish, wood sorrel and smoked roe is evidence that the Georgians knew all about flavour combinations and a Victorian-era Hereford rib-eye with mushroom ketchup turns up with Blumenthal's equally timeless triple-cooked chips. Prepare to be transported to the Middle Ages for a dessert of 'Sambocade' (c.1390) comprising goats' milk cheesecake, elderflower and apple, perry-poached pear and smoked candied walnuts.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 14–27 August
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.15


  • Chef: Ashley Palmer-Watts

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines over £30: 500
  • Wines by the glass: 24

Price guide

  • Starter from : 17.50
  • Main course from: 28
  • Dessert from: 13
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 149
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • Off-site parking available: Valet parking, NCP

Additional information

  • Seats: 149
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12

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