Review on The Alfred Tennyson
The Alfred Tennyson in Knightsbridge, formerly known as The Pantechnicon is out of the same stable as the Thomas Cubitt gastropub on Elizabeth Street, SW1, this new venture occupies what was a repository for antiques and works of art belonging to London grandees. Much of the landmark building was destroyed by fire in 1874 (although the Doric-columned facade remains), but it has risen from the ashes as a smart, upmarket venue comprising a slick ground-floor bar and a contemporary styled upstairs dining room.
A well-heeled crowd packs the bar for drinks and 'small plate' sharing dishes ranging from fish fingers and barbecued quail to some of the best steak sandwiches in town. Upstairs, sash windows, leather armchairs and panelled walls set the mood and the kitchen works to a more elaborate repertoire with a strong European slant.
Oysters, caviar and crustacea open a menu that might feature starters of steak tartare, foie gras terrine or seared Loch Crinan scallops with fine ratatouille. Mains might range from organic salmon fillet with lentil salad and yoghurt dressing to slow-roast pork belly with caramelised apple, while desserts could feature dark chocolate marquise with honeycomb and pistachio ice cream or banana tarte fine with sea salt and caramel parfait. To drink there are innovative cocktails, Champagnes and plenty of top-flight wines by the glass.
The Alfred Tennyson is also featured in: Michelin Guide, HardensRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 5.30pm Wed-Sat (12.00 - 5.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 11.00pm Mon-Thu (6.00 - 11.30pm Fri & Sat) (5.30 - 9.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card