The restaurant in Chelsea's upmarket Sloane Place is chic and buzzy, with live music on our visit, and a broad menu. We selected dishes from a range of cuisines and were impressed with our choices.
The Confit Duck with braised red cabbage, brussels sprouts and cranberry jus was elegantly plated. The duck was meltingly soft with a punchy sauce and a flurry of bright green brussels sprouts leaves, adding a lovely freshness.
The Tiger Prawn Tempura with sweet chilli sauce were plump and delicious, with a light, crispy coating and zingy chilli sauce for dipping. I could have eaten a plateful of these, they were so moreish.
We also tried the Seafood & Basil Tagliatelle with native lobster, Devon crab, tiger prawns & squid. The excellent fresh pasta, made in-house, had exactly the right bounce and texture you hope to find in tagliatelle and was served with a generous portion of seafood and scattered with fresh crab. If you're a seafood fan, you should definitely try this.
The hotel itself is currently undergoing some renovation works, but if it's as pretty as the exterior then I look forward to my next visit.
Speaking of pretty, once you've finished dinner, head a few doors down to the Sloane Club and find yourself walking through this magical winter arch into Taiga, the Sloane Club's new roof terrace in partnership with Jackson Nugent Vintners and French winery Chateau La Tuilerie de Puy.
The Taiga is a snow forest that lies just south of the Arctic Circle, mirrored in the roof terrace by snowy pine branches, pine cones and fairy lights. You can party whatever the weather; there are heaters and comfy chairs with even comfier faux reindeer sheepskin throws to fend off the chills as you snuggle down for the evening. What a gorgeous winter date night spot.
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