This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you consent to our use of cookies unless you have disabled them.

eMag | Directory | TNT Travel Show 2017 | Events Search | TNT Jobs

If we were asked to name our top three cuisines, English grub would definitely be in there.

And it doesn’t get much more English than the Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen in the newly-opened Rosewood London.

Housed in what was the East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance, the interior is grand – impressive chandeliers, reclaimed oak furnishings, antique mirrors and leather upholstery – and yet perfectly intimate and unpretentious – soft candlelight, chatty, smiley waiters and a soundtrack of The Beatles and David Bowie’s epic hits. Perfect.

The grub:

Holborn Dining Room is the latest venture from renowned restaurateur and ex-Ivy chef, Des McDonald. This means the bar is set high, but this place vaults over it with Olympic-level flair. Tempted by the aged meats calling us from the charcuterie, we only resisted when our waiter’s recommendations confirmed our favourites from the cold and hot counter – a steak tartar from the former and a goat’s cheese and red onion tart from the latter. Both were perfect for their own reasons, and my dining partner and I shared each one with enthusiasm. I was surprised to see corned beef hash on a five-star menu, and I was even more surprised when I heard myself ordering it, but I was convinced Holborn Dining Room would turn this working-class fodder into something special, and I was right.

A fried duck egg sat atop the salty beef and potatoes, with a dash of Tabasco and Lea & Perrins the perfect addition to this tasty comfort food. My dining partner’s lamb chops with bubble and squeak was delightfully pink and tender, although we both agreed I had won the battle of the mains. I also went on to win the war with my boozy treacle and whisky pudding with custard. Drool.

Behind the bar:

The cocktails are killer – I recommend the frothy but fiery Fire Side Sour and oh-so-smooth Montecristo Daiquiri. There are a couple of English sparkling wines, but a bottle of Californian Zinfandel matched our meal perfectly.

Bill please:

Starters average around £8.50, mains £15, puddings £6.50.


Makes us proud to be temporarily British.

Click here for more information and to book


Food review: Holborn Dining Room
Digital Mag

Latest News

Stay connected on social networks
Like us on Facebook
Follow TNT on Twitter