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The menu may take inspiration from one of England's oldest recipe books, The Forme of Cury, but there is still something decidedly 'Heston' about the m...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
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Inspired by Heston Blumenthal's fascination with historic gastronomy, Dinner is one of the world's most celebrated restaurants. First conceived in the late 1990s, the idea for Dinner sprung from Heston's fascination with the savoury ice creams of the late 1800s, the theatre of the Tudor dining experience and the dishes featured in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Through his research, Heston realised that obsession with food is no modern day phenomena, and together with Chef Director Ashley Palmer-Watts worked with food historians and the team at Hampton Court Palace, as well as reading cookbooks such as those by the royal chefs of King Richard II.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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British
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Dinner is a pretty excellent destination. It is not, though, stunning; perhaps it once was. I must stress from the go that the food was by no means poor - some of it was delicious. Service, too, was impeccable - warm, interested, and particularly attentive....My thanks to Ryan, Amy, and the lovely Irish waitress whose name I sadly did not catch. Dinner offers what is purported to be an insight into Heston’s mind, and it is on this facet I think it falls rather flat. Heston is a genius, whose eccentricities are best embodied and celebrated in Fat Duck form. I am in no doubt that Dinner, on opening, was special, but it no longer conveys that magic. Why do I think this? A couple of reasons. The room, for one, feels dated on closer inspection, with rather worn tables and, generally, a decor which lacks any real grandeur. This, I concede, is tangential to the main experience - what of the food then? I ate from the a la carte, and had five courses in a sort of DIY tasting - more places ought to do this, so thank you to Ryan for that. The meat fruit itself looks exceptionally cool; the flavour, too, is pretty good, and is a characteristic chix parfait, which, for my palate, could have been fattier - the glossier the better imo. The second course was knockout - cucumber and lobster soup. Remarkable - eminently seasonal, beautiful on the plate, and with harmonious flavours. What, truly, is not to like? Really generous with the lobster too. My main was turbot with green sauce - a very good offering, if not slightly lacking. The fish would have benefitted from a little more salt, and, if I may, a different approach in the cooking. My waiter told me that it undergoes a slow cook, before a plancha flash for colour; I think this seeing a pan would work better, but I do not have two stars! :) The chips, I must say, were exemplary - if every chip in this world ate like that, it would be a better place. Dessert, for me, was perhaps uninspiring, if pleasant. Ryan generously provided me a complimentary tipsy cake, which I found enjoyable if not really very dense, and, despite my sweet tooth, almost too much on that front. The chocolate bar was good, too, but just good, as opposed to, say innovative when compared to Claude Bosi’s asparagus with chocolate, or indulgent when compared to Sofian Msetfi’s delicious Millefeuille. Dinner was, really, very good. Would I return? With friends, for sure. Would I make that special trip again? Unlikely. I am still, nonetheless, most grateful to the team.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Returned to Hestons for yet another excellent meal ( our 4th) ! Had our favourites - meat fruit , triple cooked chips, beef , and of course tipsy cake 😋 service was truly engaging , helpful , humorous and professional . Each staff had a...different role to play and explained difference aspects of our meal. You can chose to have a maverick , adventurer and the guide . Each has different degrees of staff engagement for each dish. The menu remains the same … so there is consistency and a familiarity. Some aspects of service change from time to time but overall a great experience is ensured.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Everything was very good, but not 2-star amazing. The Salamagundy was a definite highlight. My son enjoyed his duck. My ribeye was good, but I honestly just grilled a dry-aged ribeye as tender, but tastier, at home tonight. By far the most memorable part of...the evening was the sommelier. We had quite a fascinating conversation. I happened to ask him if he knew much about Eastern European wines --- by total coincidence he is a Bulagrian native. He provided both a wealth of Balkan wine information and recommended an amazing Barolo.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First time at dinner after trying several other of Heston’s places. The hotel is lovely. Had a drink first at the Carousel bar. Restaurant was nice. I like the glass walls to see in the kitchen. Staff were attentive. Alba our waitress was excellent, as...was the French sommelier. Food was very nice, if a little slow. We only got offered the taster menu, but I think there was a la carte too?! Did I get blown away like in the fat duck, or even Mugartiz or Nerua - no. Was it very nice yes. But it is all the money. Taster menu for 2, white glass of bubbles, glass of white and a bottle of red between us was almost £850. I think there are better places for that money - just my opinion. It was very very nice, and I’m glad I’ve ticked the box. ✅More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Different level restaurant. To put on a bucket list , once in a lifetime experience at less you have £ 600 at least to splash out on a meal for 2 as often as you wish The wine list here is unbelievable and of course...the food from the grand master. Must try at least onceMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 14 May 2024 via mobile

WE had the five course tasting menu - and there’s an amuse bouche and a freebie at the end too. The room is okay - nothing really special. we had a table for two looking into the kitchen (very interesting), watching the calm professionalism in...action and a number of pineapple being slowly roasted and basted frequently. All the staff were exceptional, although we seemed to be served by so many that I lost count! There is nothing on the menu that is anything other than superb. Of course the ‘meat fruit’ is a bit of a star as it is such an extraordinary creation. We chose to have the ‘Discovery’ wine flight. It is a cheapest option at £135 but consisted of an interesting array of organic wines. It is quite a drawn out experience at nearly 3 hours which didn’t particularly bother us but it might be too long for some! Bill for 2 with tip a bit under £900. A lot, but it is a fantastic experience - and your can spend an awful lot more as there is a World class wine list to indulge in.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 8 May 2024

Had dinner here in early April, my wife and I had a fantastic experience, yes its expensive but the food and staff were absolutely brilliant and we can now cross this off our bucket list, highly recommended.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 May 2024

Food is wonderful. We ordered ala carte instead of the tasting menu. Everyone ordered different items on the menu and we created our own tasting menu by sharing. Seem pressured to order wine by the sommalier and he recommends the most expensive wine/champagne by the...glass which is 80 pounds on our bill. Nevertheless, we had a good experience there and the stomachs were so satisfied that we skipped dinner and breakfast the next morning as we weren't hungry. The fires are out of this world.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 May 2024

Have visited this restaurant twice. Classic dishes such as the Meat Fruit and Tipsy Cake (both on the set menu) have to be experienced to be believed. Up there with the best things I've ever had the joy to eat. Lovely laid back atmosphere in...the restaurant without it feeling sloppy/sluggish. Only 2 Michelin stars but arguably one of the best restaurants in London, if not the world.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 21 April 2024

Perfect! If I were to find a fault (and I mean really search for one) then it was a bit slow for coffees and the bill. The food was incredible. I’ll never have pie and chips like this… off the charts good! Service was amazing....The whole team are phenomenal and the culture of the workplace really shines. The team are harmonious. I’m already missing the place and I’m still full 5 hours later!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 March 2024 via mobile

Utterly brilliant! Unpretentious Menü - fabulous & attentive service crew … super concept of guest interaction- pries reasonable for a super interesting evening.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 March 2024

The most amazing experience i had in a restaurant. The food staff the place were trully beautiful. Definetyly worth a visit

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 18 March 2024 via mobile

We came to celebrate my wife’s 40th and had a wonderful evening - and it was a whole evening, we arrived at around 7 and left at 11.30. The whole thing was wonderful - pre dinner cocktails in the wonderful bar, and then a culinary...adventure through time, all with a brilliant modern twist. And brought to life through the storytelling of the Jesters (not waiters!). Priced as you would expect, but worth it for a special occasion.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 17 March 2024 via mobile

Located in the mandarin oriental ground level. It doubles up as their breakfast location for guest of the MO. Interior, views of Hyde park, laminate wood table, no white table Cloth. Glass kitchen walls- good view of the dozen or so chefs in the kitchen....Service- warm welcome. Three styles of presentation for food- different take on service. First bottle of wine we ordered was out of stock, next bottle, they were on their last bottle. This needs consideration for future guests. Three course lunch- interesting dishes as non one has very often. Opted for the ragoo of pigs ears on toast- rich and heavy dish, very nicely cooked. This was followed by mains of Batalie Pie which is sweet bread- also very heavy and nicely cooked meat, which was presented by serving in a pie with little carrots and onions on the top . The rhubarb and corriander tart was good. The poore knight was excellent with a lovely sauce and orange segments on the top. Service was good- warm and welcoming. Shame about the wine that was unavailable.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024

We booked a table as a special surprise for our daughters graduation and we all chose the taster menu. Our expectations were obviously high but what we received were very disappointing, bland/boring dishes with no imagination. There were no signs of Heston’s gastronomic scientific approach...at all? The service was good and the sommelier was excellent but we had, after all, gone to sample the food! The manager listened to our concerns and was accommodating. Real shame as such high hopes and a very special occasion ruined!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
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