Formerly the venerable Grill at Brown’s, the restaurant of this august Mayfair hotel was revitalised in 2008 with a smart makeover and a menu based around the best UK produce from head chef Lee Streeton. I particularly recommend the delicious fish soup, decanted from saucepan to bowl at your table. Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BP. Tel: 020 7493 6020.
GREAT QUEEN STREET
Expect no airs and graces – or tablecloths, or even a website –?at Holborn’s Great Queen Street, just first rate British food done as simply as possible. The focus is on carefully-sourced local ingredients, with dishes like seven hour cooked lamb shoulder and an enticing range of pies making it a firm favourite in the area. 32 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA. Tel: 020 7242 0622.
Richard Corrigan’s headquarters has become a must-visit place on London’s culinary scene in little more than a year. The atmosphere is smart and reverential, and exceptional dishes like steamed brill with leeks and oxtail ravioli and shin of beef with peppered bone marrow and snails make this a restaurant steeped in quality. 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7PE. Tel: 020 7499 9943.