After visiting Hand & Flowers awhile back, we were thrilled to see the news that Tom Kerridge was opening up a new restaurant in London, happy days. His new place is situated at the very swanky Corinthia Hotel down by Charing Cross. What better reason to go than to celebrate Dad’s rather big milestone birthday. Brought back a few memories for Dad when he remembers popping in there when it was previously the government building for Ministry of Defence. The Corinthia Hotel group did a great job restoring the building to glory and the addition of Kerridge’s Bar & Grill will be a wonderful success.
The room is very impressive, large open space with some stunning pieces of art dotted around the place. If you ask them for a booklet about the art then you can explore even further what’s on the walls. There’s a pretty impressive piece right by the bar that is made completely from menus which were sent through to Tom Kerridge when he did a shoutout.
Now onto the grub, before we get going I should point out that the restaurant isn’t the cheapest place out there, but a good option for a special occasion and if you’re able to splash out a little more. They do have a bar snacks menu if you fancy popping in for some drinks and snacks at the bar.
We were lucky enough to be going for the A La Carte menu so we settled in with some starters. Lawrence & I had the Fresh Cornish Crab Vol-au-vent with Avocado, Green Apple and Crab Bisque and then the Loch Duart Salmon with Apple Pancake, Douglas Fir and Avruga Caviar. The crab was gorgeous, a real treat, however the Salmon was nice but not outstanding compared to some of the other dishes on the menu.
We also got some tasters of parents’ Crown Prince Pumpkin Soup with ‘Scarborough Fair’ Pesto, Pickled Orchard Fruits and Pumpkin Bread and the Claude’s Mushroom ‘Risotto’ with Daniel’s Crispy Egg and Aged Parmesan. Both very tasty but again not winners of the night.
The mains were where things stepped up a notch, first up the Hazelnut Crusted Cod with Irish Style Kale, Anchovy Mayonnaise, Preserved Lemon and White Beans. Lawrence found this his favourite although I have to say our second dish was my absolute favourite of the night, Loin of Ramsbury Estate Venison with “Hand & Flowers” Carrot, Parsley Emulsion and Black Pepper Cottage Pie.
The mini cottage pie that came alongside it was just incredible, would go back just for that dish.
Parents couldn’t resist trying the hotly talked about Deep Fried Brill and Chips with Pease Pudding, Tartare and Matson Spiced Sauce. At £32.50, it’s very very expensive for fish & chips and was yummy but have to say not worth that price in my opinion.
Having the meal elevated by the main courses it was time to finish things off by trying some of the desserts on offer. Brogdale Farm Caramelised Apple Tartlet with Whipped Chamomile Custard and Bramley Sorbet, lovely fresh dish but nothing in comparison to my favourite, Dark Chocolate Pudding with Crystallised Malt Biscuit, Salted Caramel and Malted Milk Ice Cream.
It was a lovely family meal and would definitely recommend popping down if you have a nice excuse to treat yourself. Make sure to book in advance as it’s likely to remain pretty booked up for the next few months as it’s been getting rather a lot of press recently, and quite rightly! Enjoy.