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Reviewed 11 December 2023 via mobile

For my birthday I was given a voucher for cocktails and bar snacks at The Goring. The voucher says “To book your experience please contact The Goring using the details below” and lists both an email address and a phone number. I sent an email...requesting a reservation, but after a week no reply had been received, and still has not. So I called The Goring and had a very pleasant person take my call who told me that, despite the instructions on the voucher, it is not possible to make a reservation, but if we just show up the team will definitely be able to accommodate us. So, we turned up as instructed and were “greeted” by a woman at the desk at the entrance to the cocktail bar, who seemed very stressed. When asked if we could be accommodated, she was exceptionally rude and barked “as I already said, we don’t have any space and we don’t take reservations. You could come back in an hour but I doubt it will be better. We give priority to our residents anyway” She had not already said this to us, but it seems to another couple who had just left, to whom she was equally rude and brusque (they commented on it as we left). I have seldom been made to feel less welcome, especially at a 5 star hotel. I can understand that the bar was busy. I can understand that staff get stressed, although this is a part of their job. This could have been managed in a much more friendly, constructive and empathetic way, but she chose to be rude and aggressive. I am now in a sad situation of having been given a voucher for a birthday treat, but I have no desire at all to return to The Goring. If I did, what time would that be for them to have space for a non-resident? Why can I not reserve to use my birthday gift? Do I have to turn up day after day to be rudely turned away each time? Very disappointing.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jean Baptiste Lemoine, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2024

Dear Stuart G, Thank you for sharing your experience, and we sincerely apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience you faced during your visit to The Goring. We regret that the communication regarding reservations did not align with the instructions on the voucher, and we understand...More

Reviewed 23 October 2023

We had a 1pm reservation for 5, for high tea. We were shown our table, then we were handed menus. We made our selections. We had warned the Goring in advance that there were 3 vegetarians in our group. We ordered 5 high teas. There...is a limited but decent selection of teas. After we ordered we waited. And waited. No staff, at any point, came to check on us. There did not appear to be a manager in the bar. At five to two I asked one of the waiters to please check on our order in the kitchen. That seems to have done the trick, because we were finally served ten minutes later, one full hour since we had arrived. The food was okay, but in my opinion not worth the 65£ charged for the standard high tea. Desserts and scones were especially average in my opinion. At the end the staff apologized, but not even a symbolic discount was applied to our 405£ bill. We are not going back to the Goring and the search for the best high tea experience in London continues!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Jean Baptiste Lemoine, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2024

Dear onlyGeorgeVwilldo, Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent high tea experience at The Goring. We appreciate your detailed account of the service and food. We acknowledge the wait you experienced, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused during your visit. Your insights...More

Reviewed 25 August 2023 via mobile

The sandwiches, deserts, champagne, teas, and drinks were absolutely delicious and magnificent. The service was spectacular. We were sightseeing earlier and did not have the time to go back to the hotel and change to the approximate attire for the afternoon tea. We arrived dressed...in very casual clothes from the museum and I was worried. The staff treated us amazingly with utmost respect. We loved the food, drinks and the service. It is on the pricey side, but you go there for the experience. This is great for people who have appreciation for the tea, desserts, ambiance, and service. They also have a great selection of wines and champagne.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Jean Baptiste Lemoine, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2024

Dear Irene B, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed the ambiance and service during your visit. It's great that you found the sandwiches, teas, and drinks to be delightful. We appreciate your understanding of the pricing...More

Reviewed 24 June 2023 via mobile

I had afternoon tea here with a severe dairy allergy. It was so impressive how easy it was for them to accommodate me. A completely safe and delicious dining experience. If you have allergies this is a place you can finally relax. Not to mention...my whole family had such a great time.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Devid Isabella, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2023

Dear X5626LSkatiek, Thank you for taking the time to review the Lounge Bar. It is such a pleasure to read your review and we are so pleased that you and your family had a great time with us. We look forward to welcome you back....More

Reviewed 14 April 2023

I live near The Goring Hotel and over the last ten years it has been our first choice for family celebrations, either afternoon tea or dinner. Five of us visited this week to celebrate my sister’s birthday. We arrived around 4.30pm after a theatre matinee....We ordered bar snacks and drinks. Bar snacks were served until 5pm and as the lounge was quite busy we accepted the rather fragmented service. Overall it was a disappointing experience. The non-alcoholic drinks were rather bland. The alcoholic drinks were fine. The bar snacks were not particularly inviting. The fish goujons with tartare sauce were lovely. The rissoles contained chewy, gristly flavourless meat that should have been accompanied by toothpicks. Leather footballs came to mind. We had a second round of drinks but as soon as we finished the food a waiter started to clear the table. A few minutes later he returned to complete his task. We felt that he was indicating that it was time to go so we drank up quickly and left, not before paying £185. There was none of the usual warmth and courtesy. We were made to feel a bit of a nuisance because we had not booked ahead. We had made a late decision as we wanted to extend the afternoon after enjoying the theatre. It was a lacklustre experience and we felt our days as Goring devotees had come to an end.More

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Devid Isabella, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2023

Dear Excursion785842, Thank you for taking the time to review the Lounge Bar. I am terribly sorry to read about your unfortunate experience. Please rest assure that this is not in keeping with our usual high standards and I would like to sincerely apologise for...More

Reviewed 13 February 2023 via mobile

London is the most incredible city, full of undiscovered treasures, and the Goring Cocktail Bar in Belgravia is one such gem. The interior of the bar and lounge is exquisite with a distinctly art deco feel, and a little quirky with life sized models of...cute sheep by the fireplace and at the entrance. What is really distinctive is the incredible other-worldly cocktail menu encased in an exquisite little metallic coloured booklet and featuring exotic sounding alcoholic fusions like “Deep Sea Cosmo” and “King of the Jungle”, other concoctions - the “Churchill Manhattan” and “Fish House Punch” and a nod to our late Queen, “Thank you, your Majesty”. The entire menu is a superb: an immensely creative work of art, and the cocktails themselves lived up to our expectations. My friend and I picked the “Flower Duet”, “Okawari” (meaning seconds in Japanese) and “Whisper Vesper”. I chose the latter to celebrate my favourite Household Cavalry horse, Vesper, and commiserate, very sadly, as I rode her for the last time this morning. My friend and I sat by the open fireplace, catching up and telling stories, staying at least an hour or more longer than we had intended. Best of all was the most wonderful waiter, Karim, who was not only perfect at what he does but was so kind and thoughtful. He made a difference which is rare. This is certainly the best cocktail bar I have been to for a very long time. It will be a pleasure to return - hopefully some time soon.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Devid Isabella, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2023

Dear Jennijellibean, How nice of you to take the time to leave this fantastic review, it is a pleasure to read it! We are pleased you had a great time in our Lounge Bar and enjoyed the cocktail and the service especially by Karim. We...More

Reviewed 26 November 2022 via mobile

We booked afternoon tea for six. While not poor, the experience did not live up to the standard I expected from a hotel of this reputation and caliber. In its booking confirmation, the hotel notes its dress code for afternoon tea, inclusive of a sportcoat...for men. We complied (and had no issue with the code; wearing nice pants and a sportcoat to an elegant hotel and space seems reasonable). It was very disappointing to see other patrons in sweatpants and a hoodie, an athletic half-zip top, etc. If you are going to have a dress code, enforce it. (Note that this issue was not confined to one table or guest, but several.) Staff asked about allergens as we were seated. We informed them of a nut allergy and then, in the first course, were served items with nuts atop them! Resolving this required contacting two members of staff. Apologies were offered but the mistake was surprising. Service was mediocre at best. Our primary server appeared to be all of about 15 years of age and rather acted like it...while nice, he had no finesse. I was surprised to be refilling my own tea after the initial serving. I also found it annoying that, after staff took notes on which member of our party ordered which tea, when the tea was served, they asked, "and who ordered this one?...and this one?" It was another place where service, while not awful, lacked finesse. The servers seemed visibly stressed--lots of side conversations, busily milling around, etc.--between this and the athleisure apparel of many guests, the atmosphere felt more amateurish than elegant. Other staff seemed disinterested; for example, upon arrival, we waited a few minutes for our table to be ready and were asked to take a seat in the bar. The bartender did not even acknowledge our presence with a "good afternoon," but instead stares straight ahead and continued his bar preparations. I was not expecting him to entertain us, but I was surprised by the absence of a polite greeting or even a gesture like offering a glass of water. Later a server came by, at least. The actual tea service was fine. Sandwiches were classic and tasty. Baked goods were solid, but not remarkable. Selection of tea extensive. Dishware was beautiful. Hot chocolate was offered to a party member who does not drink tea, which was a nice alternative for him. The setting (a glass enclosed room overlooking the garden) was elegant, although on one side of our table seating was on a banquette with an extremely hard back that would have benefitted from a pillow. Overall, not awful; we had a nice time with our friends and enjoyed the setting and conversation. But the hotel, known for its standards, seemed rather lax about them in all regards.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Devid I, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2022

Dear brmusicman, Thank you for taking the time to review the Afternoon tea. I am pleased you found the setting elegant, however I am sincerely sorry to read that we did not meet the standards we are known for. Please rest assured that your comment...More

Reviewed 4 October 2022

We were welcomed by a charming Host at the door that took our jackets and escorted to our table, once we placed the order they brought us the champagne and soon after the stand arrived. Sandwich were so moist and fresh, scones very tasty and...pastries were simply delicious! After we moved in the lounge bar and we were well looked after. Definitely recommend this place, the service is impeccable!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Devid I, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2022

Dear 83Isla, Thank you for taking the time to review the Afternoon tea, it was a pleasure to look after you. I am very pleased to read you enjoyed the food and the service, your feedback will be certainly shared with the rest of the...More

Reviewed 1 October 2022

We like to enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea experience on our visits to London and The Goring has been on our list for a while. A table for four was booked around two months in advance. We arrived punctually to be advised that there were...no tables currently available and, unfortunately, we would need to wait for ten minutes or so until one was free. We were asked to wait in the lounge but weren't offered any water etc.. When our table was ready it had been prepared in the annexe to the bar area (close to a table where people were playing cards) rather than in the decorative conservatory where everyone else having the afternoon tea was sitting. It was also by the door to the garden which was constantly being opened (and left open) by guests going outside for a smoke or waiters to take out drinks. It was cool and we had to get up numerous times to shut the door, the maitre 'd also came over to shut it on a few occasions. The tea itself was generally excellent with the exception of the cakes where I think to serve only 5 small cakes per couple (i.e. 2.5 per person) appeared miserly. For a top rated hotel the experience was a bit of a disappointment and given the reputation of The Goring I think there are many better Afternoon Tea experiences to be had in London.More

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Devid I, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2022

Dear Paul N, Thank you for taking the time to review the afternoon tea. Your feedback is very valuable to us, I am sorry genuinely for the waiting time and the frustrations we have caused you. I am sorry if you felt we only serve...More

Reviewed 11 September 2022 via mobile

Having looked forward to afternoon tea for 6 friends, the experience was so disappointing. We arrived on time and were told our table wasn’t ready. The host pointed to a table in the corner and asked us to wait. 30 minutes later we were still...waiting. No explination or hospitality. We were then shown to our table which was fine but once there, another 25 minutes passed and nobody even looked in our direction let alone served us. We did eventually attract some staff attention and asked if we could order. We ordered the bollenger afternoon tea and waited…… and waited. We then had to get the attention of a server again to ask if we could have our champagne. Eventually, our food came, it was very average for the price charged. Once the food had been served, nobody came near us again. We were not asked if everything was ok, or if we would like another drink or more tea, nothing. We were also disappointed that one of our table cloths had a very obvious tea stain on it which is unusual for high end hotels. I don’t think I have ever encountered such poor, uncoordinated service. The staff Were actually very pleasant when they interacted with us but somebody needs take charge of the dining room and offer the staff some training in effective customer care as it is chaotic and unacceptable at the moment.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Devid I, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2022

Dear Summerbreeze29, Thank you for taking the time to review the afternoon tea. Your feedback is very valuable to us, I am sorry genuinely for the waiting time and the frustrations we have caused you. I can promise you that this is not our usual...More

Reviewed 29 August 2022

We had drinks here after having the Goring High tea, and the staff made us feel very welcome. They really know how to mix their cocktails, and the mocktails are nothing short of extraordinary.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Devid I, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2022

Dear Sunny, Thank you for your lovely review. It was a great pleasure to have you for High tea and drinks in the Lounge bar. We look forward to welcome you back. With kind regards, Devid Director of F&B

Reviewed 21 August 2022 via mobile

Excellent food and excellent staff in perfect surroundings. Very traditional hotel and we’re coming staff which makes the afternoon tea a special experience

Date of visit: August 2022
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Devid I, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2022

Dear 271ladrian, How nice of you to share this lovely feedback. We look forward to welcome you back. With kind regards, Devid Director of F&B

Reviewed 14 August 2022 via mobile

I stayed at the goring ,and have done on past occasions ,which was always lovely and top service with great individuals and staff .But that is far from the Goring that is now ,poor service ,no personalities ,over priced .Real shame but that’s the service...industry especially in London at the moment and many parts of the world .More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Devid I, Director of Food and Beverage at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2022

Dear Sailing2389, Thank you for taking the time to review the Lounge bar. I am deeply sorry to read that we did not meet your expectations. I took the freedom to share your constructive feedback with the rest of the team. Should you wish to...More

Reviewed 5 August 2022

A colleague and myself had been meeting once a month for over 10 years, for a light lunch and drink in the bar area of the Goring. We stopped going a couple of years ago, when a number of established bar staff, including the manager,...left, which resulted in a collapse in the standards of service. We have been using other local venues since; but given the fine weather, we decided to visit the Goring again, to enjoy the garden. We arrived at midday, and had left just before 1.00, after having had to ask twice for the wine list, then remind our waitress twice we were still waiting for our bottle of wine, which never materialised. Appalling service for what is meant to be one of the best hotels in London - I hope staying guests are treated better.More

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Devid I, Director of Food and Beverage at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2022

Dear Stuart054, Thank you for taking the time to review the Lounge Bar. It was a great pleasure to welcome you back, I am sincerely sorry to read that we did not meet the expectations of your previews experience, and we will use your constructive...More

Reviewed 24 July 2022 via mobile

This is one of my favourite bars anywhere. Ambiance is of a supremely comfortable country house. Squashy, overstuffed chairs are welcoming. The selection of drinks is vast and all perfectly prepared. Live piano music in the evening. A lovely place. Recommended.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Devid I, Other at The Goring Cocktail Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2022

Dear Pimlican, Thank you for taking the time review the Lounge bar. It was a pleasure to look after you. We look forward to welcome you back. With kind regards, Devid Director of F&B

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Response from DeborahELondon | Reviewed this property |
I was at the bar for lunch today and asked the question. You can still have a cup of tea and a small cake in the bar high tea is served in the Goring restaurant as before i.e. the type of High Tea
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I have never tried tea here but I am sure it would be good.
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They are very accommodative so I would expect yes. Just ring and ask them!
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  • Food: 4.5
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