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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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Diligently researched historic British dishes by Hyde Park

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

There's another branch in Melbourne, but the northern hemisphere iteration of Dinner is to be found within the ornate, balconied edifice of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. A surprisingly unelaborate dining room is kitted out with unclothed tables, with views over Hyde Park as well as a centrally sited kitchen with open frontage allowing diners occasional glimpses behind the scenes. What Heston Blumenthal has created here is the culinary equivalent of a research institute, with dishes from British history – often quite distant history at that – offering quite as much novelty to today's globalised standard palate as the avant-garde goings-on at The Fat Duck. The starter known as Rice and Flesh dates from the troubled reign of Richard II and is in essence a painstakingly timed saffron risotto topped with mouthfuls of tender calf's tail richly glazed in red wine. Fast-forward to Churchill's day, before wartime austerity began to bite, and enjoy a goldenly caramelised piece of cod in opulent cider sauce, accompanied by flamed mussels and chard, or pause at the late Georgian era for 21-day-aged Hereford beef with mushroom ketchup and thrice-fried chips, perhaps followed by a gloriously elaborate raspberry tart lathered with Jersey cream, its sponge injected with olive oil, topped with corpulent raspberries filled with lovage cream and a pebble of gorgeously intense raspberry sorbet. A classic booze-sodden tipsy cake is garnished with a strip of sticky spit-roasted pineapple for a touch of exotic climes, while the cheeses come with gently spiced apple and plum chutney.

What's on offer?

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.15


  • Chef(s): Ashley Palmer-Watts

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines over £30: 734
  • Wines by the glass: 29

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

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