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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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Breathtaking panache from Jason Atherton’s London flagship

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The Atherton brand has gone global these days, with outposts in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and Dubai to name but four, but you don’t need to fly long-haul to sample the high-flying cuisine that kickstarted this empire. Among the portfolio of London venues, Pollen Street Social is still the flagship, and you can rest assured that it remains one of the capital's most in-demand foodie destinations. Tucked away on a narrow Mayfair back-alley handy for Regent Street’s shopping, the decor is classy but far from intimidating – it's a neutral, contemporary urban space, with the familiar look of wooden floors, linen-clothed tables and white walls punctuated by modern British artworks, and a glassed-fronted pass to the kitchen for a touch of visual theatre. In contrast with the high-tempo feeling of busy intensity, Atherton’s concept is 'relaxed fine dining', and Dale Bainbridge interprets the house style with a high level of technical competence, producing dishes that retain an inventive edge, display enough complexity to be exciting, and arrive looking dressed to thrill. There's an eight-course tasting menu, the à la carte, dedicated vegetarian and vegan options, and a set lunch offering that is well worth the trip. Outstanding openers might include raw Orkney scallop with a palate-priming array of pickled kohlrabi, nashi pear, black olive and jalapeño granité, while pressed Norfolk quail and duck liver gets a lift from root vegetables, truffle, and braised quail taco. The quality of the materials and the intense flavours coaxed from them is endlessly astounding in main courses like south coast turbot with its accompaniments of potatoes baked in turbot stock, morels, wild garlic, vin jaune and chicken skin; elsewhere, pedigree meats such as Lake District lamb and Goosnargh duck are given treatments that showcase their inherent qualities, that lamb loin coming with beetroot and blackcurrant, plus a hotpot of braised shoulder, and mint sauce, while a whole roasted duck for two arrives with braised swede, quince, pesto, and a Moroccan-spiced salad of leg meat. To finish, there might be bitter chocolate pavé with olive biscuit and olive oil ice cream, or pistachio soufflé with 70% chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Bank holidays
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Jason Atherton, Dale Bainbridge

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 8
  • Wines over £30: 800
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Starter from: £17.50
  • Main course from34
  • Dessert from: £13
  • 3-course lunch from: £37
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 52
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

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Oxford Circus
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