No matter which London neighbourhood you live in, there’s invariably a solid selection of eateries to be found on the doorstep – or at least within a walking distance of your doorstep. Belgravia residents are particularly blessed in this regard. Everywhere you turn there’s a café or restaurant, or new addition to Belgravia’s thriving, cosmopolitan streets.
Dining out is no longer a luxury; we do it all the time. The sheer preponderance of bars, pubs and restaurants in any one area can make choosing where to dine a little overwhelming. But when in Belgravia, it’s appropriate to dine in style. Here’s our list of Belgravia restaurants to visit this year.
Named in honour of the much-venerated poet and former Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Alfred Tennyson is a popular venue on Motcomb Street. Billed as an upmarket pub championing modern European cuisine, the décor is immaculately smart. Walls and furnishings sport colourfully muted tones, and the ground-floor bar is just as pleasing a place to sit in as the first-floor dining room. A relaxed occasion can be enjoyed downstairs, while the dining room is an altogether more formal affair – both can host customers who are there for business or pleasure.
And the food? A well-chosen selection of fine ales and wine complements a menu where the ingredients have been sourced from independent suppliers and British farms. There’s nothing to sneer at here, just wholesome food and tastebud-winning wine in a sumptuous yet streamlined Belgravia setting.
First opened in the mid-1990s, this Italian restaurant has produced consistently good quality authentic fare ever since, and the accolades have flowed in. The menu changes in line with the seasons, but a series of signature dishes remain on the menu throughout the year. These include veal Milanese and saffron risotto. With welcoming, attentive service thrown in, lunch or dinner here will always make for a memorable experience.
Located directly opposite The Goring Hotel, Kouzo is a fine dining Japanese restaurant. Cocktails, sake, whiskey and Japanese beers form the bulk of the drinks menu, but the real event is the assorted sushi dishes and inspired food menus. From yellowtail truffle to lamp chop Hoba Yaki, every dish is as mouth-wateringly delicious as the last.
This ‘best for romance’ in London restaurant will usually be bursting at the seams on Valentine’s Day, but strike on any other day of the year and you’ll bound to enjoy your excursion to this Belgravia institution. A charming French bistro, rusticity rules the roost. The ceiling is festooned with bunches of grapes and wicker baskets, and the exposed brick walls and flickering candlelight help evoke a quirky, cosy and intimate atmosphere – the perfect place for adoring couples and friends alike. One pot wonder dishes abound, and silky French wines can be sipped alongside such dishes as escargots, bouillabaisse, coq au vin and, it goes without saying, poule au pot.