A 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner calls for something just a little bit special, so Jim managed to snag us a table at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley for Diane & Alan's celebration.
Our table was for 9pm which left time for a few drinks in The Blue Bar at The Berkeley. They have a fab cocktail list and we managed to sample a few. The Blue Bar is aptly named, and I found it very luxe but also quite cold feeling without terribly much of an atmosphere - didn't stop us having fun however! And their cocktail nibblies, which they kept replenishing, were absolutely scrumptious. We had to force ourselves to stop eating them so that we'd have enough room for dinner.
The restaurant is approached through their normal hotel restaurant, which was a bit odd. You walk through tables of diners to a closed set of doors, and are then ushered through. The toilets were a bit of a hike as well, but it's fab to catch snippets of conversations in posh hotel loos - "Hermoine will just die if Tottie doesn't come to the country house for kitchen sups! She will be simply inconsolable!". Really. I desperately wanted to stay longer and keep my ears flapping but it would have looked a bit pervy.
Anyway, enough of toilet chat, back to the restaurant. Dinner was absolutely glorious, as you would expect, with a choice of a "Chefs Menu" or a la carte. The stand out courses for me being the scallops with asparagus and the foie gras - YUM - the only problem was that they weren't big enough and I wanted more. Because I'm greedy. The diet? Um, well, it definitely starts on Monday!
The service is top notch with always someone hovering politely at a distance, but close enough to summon with a glance.
I can't finish without mentioning the flipping cheese trolley. I know that there are people who like a cheese course to finish their meal, my hubby does from time to time, and the restaurant had a large and interesting looking cheese trolley. But they kept it uncovered basically the entire time and the whole restaurant smelt of ripe cheese. When you entered the restaurant you were greeted by a wall of cheese smell and, honestly, it was over the top. If you like cheese, you'll love it!
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley
London SW1X 7RL
Phone:- +44 (0) 20 7235 1200
They have a dress code - no jeans, trainers or sportswear, and a jacket is required for gentlemen.