London Smoked Salmon wih Ras, El Hanout,
Radish Selection, Wasabi Reduction
Roast Guinea Fowl, Smoked Garlic Potato,
Chantenay Carrot Puree, Foie Gras Jus
Peanut and Milk Chocolate Mousse, Banana Jelly
“Les Coste” Trebbiano, Poderi dal Nespoli – Emilia
Romagna, Italy 2010
“Fico Grande” Sangiovese, Poderi sal Nespoli- Emilia Romagna, Italy 2010
The main reason for our visit to this iconic site was to view the outstanding restoration that has taken place in order to return this wonderful building to a fully operation hotel. It has received fabulous publicity since the opening and rightly so!
Originally designed by Sir George Gilbert (House of Commons etc.), it was for many years the headquarters for British Transport hotels – affectingly known as the Kremlin.
We took our aperitif on that wonderful staircase, whilst the hotel archivist Royden gave us a fascinating presentation on the history and magnificent refurbishment of the building. Great attention has been given to ensure that all original architectural features have been sympathetically retained; as a Grade 1 listed building and former Station Hotel, it must have been a planners nightmare returning the unit to a modern hostelry. Dinner was taken in the beautifully restored Queen Victoria room.
It was good to see fellow Gastronome Ron Jones O.B.E, so long associated with the Athenaeum and Coleridge’s, who regaled members with stories of attending BTH Headquarters as a young, nervous hotel manager.
Whilst the service was very professional, many Gastronomes generally took the view that the cooking standards could have been much improved.
Nevertheless it was good to see one of London’s great hotels restored to its former glory.