This review is offered under false pretences in a sense because it purports to be a review of the Corinthia Hotel when in fact it only concerns their Northall Restaurant, where my wife and I had lunch yesterday - courtesy of TravelZoo.
However, the experience was exemplary, from the moment we arrived until our departure three hours later. We received a lovely, personal welcome, were given a semi-private table with nobody seated nearby (just what we wanted) and a couple of cocktails plus beautifully-presented canapes to get us in the mood (as if we weren't already). The wine was a Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina, £35 of superb sunshine, and everything about the food was terrific. My wife had an opener of beef carpaccio and I chose the tuna equivalent: both were memorably succulent; then we each had a fillet of sea bass, with a delightfully crusty coating, followed (with a suitable pause) by some magnificent desserts. What was especially noticeable was that a plateau of artisan cheeses was included in the price, when for many restaurants the cheese option costs something extra (and for what?).
The atmosphere in the restaurant, and indeed the hotel, was lovely; the service we received was superb - unobtrusive, helpful when we needed it (e.g., by pouring more wine and giving us more water), but never cloying or subservient.
This is a place which, though quite new, has hit the ground running. We'll definitely be going back, and would be more than willing to pay their normal prices - that's how good it was.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 294 exceptionally designed and spacious bedrooms and suites, among the largest in London, offering outstanding views of the River Thames, London Eye and Trafalgar Square. A specialty seafood restaurant, a modern British restaurant, a destination bar and a world class Spa, ESPA Life at Corinthia. Corinthia Hotel London will offer guests a lavish retreat in timeless beauty in a historic yet vibrant location. ... more less
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