Review on Berners Tavern
Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton launched his third London restaurant this year, Berners Tavern in September 2013, housed within the magnificent London Edition hotel, a short walk from Oxford Street. This rare Grade II-listed property dating back to 1835 was once home to 20th century luminaries such as King Edward VII and the legendary Russian jeweller, Carl Fabergé. The interiors of the building have been painstakingly restored to their former glory by the iconic hotel designer, Ian Schrager and his New York based firm.
The restaurant has its own entrance and the brilliant radiant beauty of the hotel permeates through to its equally luxurious restaurant. The original ornate sculptural stucco ceiling is adorned with two large glittering bronze chandeliers, modelled on the ones in New York's Grand Central station and photographic portraits, landscapes and still-life paintings line the walls from floor to ceiling. Sumptuous curved leather banquette seating and chairs are set against simply laid tables on parquet flooring, in a room that certainly has the wow factor.
Atherton has appointed Phil Carmichael, who has worked alongside him for ten years to head the kitchen and they have created a menu using the very best of British produce, resulting in dishes that are inventive and full of flavour. The restaurant offers an all day dining experience, kicking off with breakfast, through to lunch and dinner and aims to provide a welcoming and casual vibe, in contrast to the hotel's impressive appearance.
Open the slate with Orkney scallop ceviche, avocado, radish, baby gem, jalapeño and lime ice or chargrilled quail, Dingley Dell pork belly, smoked tomato jam, shallot and parsley. Main courses usher in Cumbrian English rose veal chop, lemon and hazelnut carrots, lemon puree and crispy native oyster or roasted Cornish sea bass, brown shrimp, seaweed and kale with wholegrain mustard. Tempting desserts close the show with almond brioche paired with crème anglaise, or maybe choose the delicious chocolate donut.
Sommelier Laure Patry is on hand to guide you through the extensive wine list, and there are well crafted seasonal cocktails by Gareth Evans, recently crowned World Class UK Bartender of the Year 2013.
Berners Tavern is also featured in: Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Jason Atherton and Phil Carmichael
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.00 - 10.30am (7.00 - 11.00am Sat & Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express