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AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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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The mothership of the Gordon Ramsay empire

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At a glance

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

Over 20 years since it opened in Royal Hospital Road, the flagship of the Gordon Ramsay global empire remains a strong contender among the top dogs of London’s high-end dining scene. The dining room is surprisingly intimate – just 45 or so seats – with clean-lined, art deco-influenced looks and plush, pastel-hued tones giving a sophisticated sheen to the space. As for the kitchen team, it has been many years since Gordon Ramsay led the action at the stoves; that task now falls to Matt Abé, who has spent over a decade absorbing and honing to perfection the classical French ways that are in this restaurant’s DNA. What keeps this venue in the premier league is its rejection of pointless experimentation and tawdry effects: what you get is superb ingredients, harmoniously combined and executed with pin-sharp precision, as in a starter of lemon verbena-cured sea trout with Jersey Royals, dill, cucumber in various guises, and horseradish cream. Next up, roast Herdwick mutton sits atop potato purée enriched with ewe’s milk and curd, alongside peas, broad beans, charred onions and punchy green herb pistou. Desserts maintain the impeccably haute tone via sublime custard tart with wild strawberries and basil sorbet. The fixed-price lunch menu provides an entry point for anyone looking to sample the RGR experience on a budget (relatively speaking...), while the Prestige and Seasonal Inspiration menus cater to the high rollers. Pitch-perfect service is supervised by Jean-Claude Breton, and sommelier Jan Konetzki and his team steer the way through a roll-call of the world's best producers.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 week at Christmas
  • Days closed: Sunday and Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.15

Chef

  • Chef(s): Matt Abé

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30: 1200
  • Wines by the glass: 31

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £70
  • Tasting menu from: £155
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 45

Getting here

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Sloane Square
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