Hearty British grub with a bit of Italian: Brumus restaurant at the Haymarket Hotel
Tucked on the corner of Haymarket and Suffolk Place in St James, I am ashamed to admit I have never noticed the Haymarket Hotel, despite having walked past countless times over the year. The hotel is a lovely, white Georgian building situated next to the Theatre Royal Haymarket with its banners and show lights, which in retrospect probably distracted me so I didn’t notice the hotel.
When booking a restaurant for my sister’s birthday this week, I went to TopTable, as I often do. I always looks for a combination of good reviews from other diners and a meal deal, so as a family we end up at a high-quality restaurant with more moderate prices. I was immediately sold on Brumus’s good reviews and the brilliant £19.95 three course and Prosecco deal they currently have on.
The building is very easy to find and we ended up entering through the hotel reception on Suffolk Place – which is chic, glamorous and full of contemporary artwork. The restaurant itself has a very unique interior with cerise and magenta walls, metal umbrella-style lamps and comfortable chairs with different dog motifs on the back. Immediately upon arrival, we were greeted by the friendly staff who took our coats and put them in a vintage wardrobe by the front door – a nice touch. With the background music and setting, I found the restaurant had the right amount of luxury and style, but without the pretension you get in other hotel restaurants.
Three of our party opted for the TopTable deal, but the remaining two decided to order straight off the à la carte menu, which I would describe as Anglo-Italian. For starters, I ordered a grilled halloumi and peach salad with rocket and sherry vinaigrette. I love salads which include fruit and rarely find them on menus. The combination of halloumi, rocket and the peach were delicious. I ate the lot pretty quickly and could have easily ordered another one, it was so good. For main course, I was torn between the rock cod and braised fennel or the vegetable parcel with goat’s cheese, spinach and red petter sauce, eventually plumping for the latter. It was a good decision, the vegetables inside the parcel were cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth, the pastry was exactly the right consistency you’d expect from a pie and spinach is always a winner in my eyes. Pudding aside, because that’s always a bit naughty, I felt like I’d eaten a really healthy meal, that also tasted delicious. The dessert was a raspberry and blackberry mille-feuille – a sort of fruit and cream sandwich between a pastry wafer, topped with raspberry coulis, which was also delicious.
Overall, the Brumus had it all – I loved the design and setting, the service was friendly and excellent, the food was delicious and at £19.95 for the three-course, albeit limited choice menu, it was very good value for that standard of restaurant. I’ll definitely be going back. There is also a bar next door which looked tempting, but I will have to save that until another time.
- Brumus is located at the Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, St James, SW1Y 4HX. Nearest stations: Piccadilly Circus or Charing Cross. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, visit their website.
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