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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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Traditionally styled hotel dining opposite the Palace

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At a glance

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

Occupying a prime spot opposite Buckingham Palace Mews, The Rubens has been a hotel since 1912, when it became the obvious choice for those attending functions at the Palace. The menu opens with a powerfully flavoured Arbroath smokie fishcake with a poached egg in chive butter, alongside the prawn and crayfish cocktails, Caesar salad, and smoked salmon. Buccleuch steaks form the centrepiece, perhaps Chateaubriand or a hefty rib-eye on the bone, matched with truffled macaroni cheese and creamed spinach in peppercorned Cognac sauce. By contrast, fried hake with salsify and sea beets is straight from the modern repertoire. Finish with banana profiteroles and chocolate sauce.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Mark Sweeney

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 3
  • Wines over £30: 46
  • Wines by the glass: 49

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60
  • Off-site parking available: NCP at Victoria Coach Station

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60

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