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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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Researching British culinary history the Blumenthal way

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

If Bray seems a long way away, the dining room at the Mandarin Oriental, overlooking the broad green swathes of Hyde Park, is the next best bet for a Blumenthal fix. The cooking here, however, isn't in the Fat Duck mould, but represents the interest its presiding figure has always had in researches in the less familiar byways of British culinary history. Tables with kitchen views are the alternative to looking out on Knightsbridge, but either way, the journey back through time is entertaining. The 18th century supplies opening dishes such as salamagundy, a combination of oysters and marrowbone with salsify and horseradish cream, while salmon cured in Earl Grey tea garnished with Gentleman's Relish straddles that century and the next, but the time-travelling doesn't stop there. It's fascinating to know that a principal dish of roast turbot in green sauce might have been eaten in the reign of Henry VI, though it's a fair bet that nobody then would have heard of the hispi cabbage you might pair it with. Chicken cooked with lettuces once graced the Restoration era, as did taffety tart, a thing of caramelised apple all scented up with fennel and rose. British cheeses properly come with fruity accoutrements – damson paste and spiced apple-plum chutney.

Opening hours

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

Chef

  • 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 from28
  • Dessert from13
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • 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

Getting here

Nearest train station

Knightsbridge
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