The Gilbert Scott

Lavish decor, a grand dining hall and sophisticated, vibrant food are just a few of the many great qualities The Gilbert Scott can boast of. I enjoyed a lovely evening here recently, including a kitchen tour and a contemporary English meal, at the restaurant in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Dining Hall

 

It was great to have a peak at what goes on behind the scenes as the chefs were cooking up a feast. The kitchen was much larger than I expected and beautifully organised. Surprisingly calm for a restaurant of that size, but we did catch them just before the rush of dinner time diners had arrived.

The Gilbert Scott Kitchen

 

Chefs Table, The Gilbert Scott Kitchen
What I ate:
  • Wild garlic soup
  • Salt baked beetroot, labneh, walnut, basil
  • Spring vegetable risotto
  • Chocolate crémeux , orange sherbet

Wild garlic soup and cracker

We started with a wild garlic soup which was cool, delicious and fresh, also my fave dish of the meal. I LOVE wild garlic season and I’m always pleased to see it make an appearance on spring menus. The beetroot starter was vibrant and rich, I particularly enjoyed the thick labneh and the walnuts added a pleasant crunch. The purple colour really popped and the green basil added a bright touch of spring.

Surprise surprise, risotto was the only veggie choice for the main course. Every vegetarian will know the feeling of disappointment when they read risotto or a goats cheese tart on a restaurant set menu. Here we go again. Honestly, we can eat a lot more and appreciate a lot more variety! Nonetheless, I enjoyed the other dishes and they did not disappoint.
Spring vegetable risotto
Sadly the main course of spring vegetable risotto was disappointing, it lacked that oomph I was expecting when my eyes first caught a glance at the rich green colour. I’ve also had seasonal spring risottos as part of set menus recently at M in Victoria and Le Bab in Carnaby, both of which were bursting with flavour so my expectations for spring risotto were already pretty high.
Chocolate crémeux , orange sherbet
The chocolate dessert was heavenly, beautifully complimented with the orange sorbet. It was just enough to satisfy the sweet tooth and a pleasant ending to the meal.

 

I’d recommend dining at The Gilbert Scott for a special occasion to enjoy the sophisticated setting and fresh, fulfilling food. The kitchen tour, kind staff and a fun group dinner with friends made it a lovely evening!

 

Rating: 8/10
Location: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Price: £30 for the set menu
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