The Reform Social and Grill — Photo courtesy of Mark WhitfieldAnyone who has watched the recent incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson will already have an idea that London is still full of Gentleman's clubs, where well to do people, spend all afternoon feasting on delicious morsels. If you go to the Reform Social and Grill, you wouldn't be disappointed in that vision. Of course, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson might not be in attendance, but once you've had your meal, it's not too long a walk to the famous Baker Street area and many other attractions. And this is what the Reform social and grill does so well, it brings you that rareified Gentleman's club atmosphere, but makes it available to everyone. So not just Mandeville hotel guests, but also shoppers, visitors, tourists and anyone else looking for a place in the Marylebone area to rest their legs.
Scotch Eggs, traditional British food at the Reform Grill — Photo courtesy of Mark WhitfieldThe grill serves up all day dining, using British food and classic tastes as the basis for most of its dishes. So you can try a Pheasant scotch egg, or a cheese and onion tart if you want a light snack. Salt baked beetroot brings in another old classic favoured by Gentleman and the horse radish packs a peppery punch. This might be the heart of London, and therefore quite a way from the sea, but the restaurant will also have a catch of the day, with whatever was fresh off the boat just a few hours before. If a whole fish doesn't tickle your tastebuds, then try delicious Morecame Bay shrimp and parsley butter spread on some grilled meat from the charcoal grill. They'll be grilling up double cut Porterhouse steaks with smoked bone marrow, if you and a friend or business partner feel like sharing.
Traditional British food at the Reform — Photo courtesy of Karine RodierIf you've only got time for a drink and some bar snacks, no problem. Duck faggots with game chips anyone ? Or crispy lamb bacon with mint jelly. The words Gentlemen and burgers don't often go together in a sentence, but these ones will definitely appeal to more refined tastes. Welsh Wagyu beef and Isle of Wight tomatoes make sure that the food miles are as few as possible and the quality is high.
Hearty Gentleman's Club fare at the Reform — Photo courtesy of Mark WhitfieldTo start and finish your delicious meal, you might want to sip some delicious British cocktails, all the classics will be there, along with lots of artisanal small drinks producers too. As James Bond knows, martinis are best shaken not stirred, but however you like your favourite tipple, you can be sure that the Reform Social will bring it in style and with a twist that you may not have expected but that will get your tastebuds twisting and dancing for the rest of your trip.