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“Do not bother if you just want a glass of wine”
Review of Apero

Ranked #1,104 of 22,674 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: South Kensington
Description: Take sanctuary from the street-level bustle and dive in to the flavours of the Mediterranean at Apero, the all-day neighbourghood brasserie nestled in the vaulted cellars of the Ampersand Hotel. With leather snugs, Spanish tiled floors and exposed bricks this intimate London restaurant and bar is where South Kensington chick meets Mediterranean zest. Apero chef Chris Golding isn't interested in stuffy gastronomy but creating great, unpretentious food packed with colour and fresh seasonal, ingredients. His easygoing menus are perfect for a relaxed meal, from breakfast to supper. Highlights include our popular sharing menus - flavourful Mediterranean-style eats that work at any hour - and the great value £12.00 Lunch special. Apero's bar is a convivial place to sample our quirky signature cocktails like the Tintoretto or L'Oiseau de Feu, all of them inspired by the collection at the Victoria and Albert museum. You can also experience The Ampersand's wine cellar in The Wine Room, adjacent to Apero, which seats 10 beneath a stunning chandelier. The Wine Room is available for private hire. Just ask our events team for details. Sharing Menu - £30 per person Lunch special - 2 courses/3 courses - £12.00/£15.00
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“Do not bother if you just want a glass of wine”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

We dropped into the hotel around 13.30 hrs on a Wednesday and asked if we could just have a glass of wine. We were guided to go downstairs to the restaurant. In the restaurant most tables had a reservation sign however we were guided to a table after asking for only a drink. The restaurant was mainly empty. After a few minutes another waitress, possibly the restaurant manager, came and told us we could not just have a drink and told us to go back upstairs to the coffee lounge for a drink.

I explained that we had been told to go down stairs if we wanted a drink as the ground floor lounge only served coffee. She seemed surprised and not concerned to help us.

Clearly poor communication and lack of sound management or staff training.

A little effort on the part of the staff could have avoided us giving this Very Poor rating.

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Grenoble, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Excellent fine dining in a cosy environment”
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

Diner with the family after a long day arriving in London, staying at the hotel, Apero was an obvious option that turned out very good, original, complex in composition but very light dishes made to be ordered together and shared, we opt for the carte as the menu appears on the expensive side, food was very delicate and original mixture and flavor, very small portion and thus quite high money for value but friendly and quick service made it deserved, atmosphere in the semi undergrood restaurant is also very charming, bar diner possible.

Visited May 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2014

I stayed at the Ampersand and was delighted to find Apero downstairs. Really fun spot under the hotel - loved the sharing - size plates, the beet root burger is a must!

Visited March 2014
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Hove - UK
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“Intimate location - great staff”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Stayed in the Ampersand and had a quick drink here on our way out - had a really nice feel. Staff, as in the rest of the hotel, are excellent. Nice wine list and cocktail menu

Visited April 2014
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“Best brunch spot in London”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Really lovely spot in South Kensington with imaginative brunch food like Turkish eggs with chilli, yoghurt and avo as well as classics such as smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Terrific value, especially for the smart location. There is also a brilliant cocktails list and great coffee. At night the menu is designed to share with great small plates and a decent wine list. Lots of talent in the kitchen and very efficient and friendly service.

  • Visited April 2014
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