As Kirsty and Phil always say, its all about location and thanks to a certain former firehouse, no London spot is hotter right now than Marylebone.
The Mandeville Hotel, a five-star boutique number on Mandeville Place, not only has the distinction of being round the corner from the capital’s current restaurant de-riguer, but is also within walking distance of Selfridges, Bond Street and Harley Street.
If you’ve ever stayed in a city hotel, particularly a centrally located one, you’ll know that one of the most exciting things is having a view across the rooftops. Ours, looking out to the 250-year peaks of Hind Street Methodist Church and beyond towards the independent boutiques on Marylebone Lane, did not disappoint. The room itself was nice too, with the expected dashes of expensive fabrics and furnishings, fancy bath products and the all important comfy bed factor.
Typical of many of the smaller hotels in the area, the facilities are limited but it does boast The Reform Social & Grill. This, we think, is the real jewel in crown at The Mandeville Hotel, serving flawlessly executed and more importantly, extremely tasty, British brasserie fare in a dining room that doesn’t requite a wait list to get into.
The seasonal menu changes regularly, but on our visit we tried a cleverly constructed salmon Scotch egg garnished with shards of silvery deep-fried skin and a soft-braised beef cheek rich with red wine. Nursery puddings including a jam roly-poly were charming, and we’re told that their afternoon tea, vintage or gentleman’s makes the perfect post-retail treat.
For more information visit mandeville.co.uk