Review on 1901 Restaurant
The takeover of the Great Eastern Hotel by ANdAZ is finally complete with the re-opening of the opulent 1901 restaurant once known as Aurora. The new incarnation - named 1901 after the date of the original layout - has kept faith with the past and most of its stunning features have been retained. A magnificent stained-glass dome and handsome Ionic columns still dominate proceedings in the palatial, showpiece dining room, along with a monolithic marble stone bar - although the mood is more casual than before.
An all-day bar menu suits the City boys who frequent the place, and the choice extends to easily priced offerings such as Scottish salmon rillettes with crème fraîche and Melba toast, Essex beef cottage pie and homemade sausage rolls with piccalilli.
Cooking is firmly into the modern British camp, with an emphasis on impeccably sourced seasonal ingredients from across the land. Here you will find Cornish mackerel with with pickled cauliflower, purée and sea purslane, slow-cooked neck of Suffolk venison in red wine and port with chestnuts and baby onions, and a countryside combo of elderflower crème brûlée with blackberries and rosehip sorbet.
A speciality cheese and wine area dominates the back of the dining room, with sommeliers and experts on hand to guide diners through the range on offer. Britain dominates the cheese selection, with around 16 from our own shores overshadowing a mere handful from across the Channel. Wines are more catholic in range.
1901 Restaurant is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.00 - 10.00am Mon-Fri (7.30am - 12.00pm Sat & Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express