Seven Park Place Review

What? Stylish Art Deco Bar and Michelin Star Restaurant serving British-sourced ingredients with French cuisine by William Drabble

Where? 7-8 Park Pl, St. James’s, London SW1A 1LS (Nearest Tube Green Park)

When? Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-2.00pm Dinner: Tues-Sat 6.30-10.00pm Closed Sun/Mon

How much? Six Course Menu Gourmand costs £110, 2 course Lunch is £30, a la carte evening menu £65 for 2 courses and £75 for 3

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The champagne flowed this month as William Drabble’s Seven Park Place celebrated ten years  with a re-launch that affirms their very well earned Michelin Star and four AA Rosettes. The key concept is exceptionally high quality British seasonal produce from the very best suppliers.

Sampling a number of canapes touching upon elements of the menu, some standouts were:

Scallops freshly brought down from Scotland, with a touch of caviar an samphire as garnish, which blended together and melted in the mouth
Langoustines, also brought down from Scotland that day, fesh, meaty,
Lamb– from Cumbria, the perfect example of excellent ingredients treated with minimal fuss and maximum care and respect to bring out the natural flavour and texture
Not limiting all the fun to meat eaters, the air-light mushroom mousse in chou pastry practically evaporated upon contact with the tongue but had a distinct, satisfying, creamy savour
Roulade of celeriac, chestnut and bitter cabbage – a wonderful surprise. Filling, earthy, fresh, nutty, and herbal. Everything I love about autumn in a mouthful.

While the dining concept leads with exceptional savouries, the confections and desserts were also a revelation. We were confronted with that very particular dilemma of whether to keep them all to ourselves or share to confirm they were really as good as we thought. I’ll admit my eyes rolled back in my head. I may have glimpsed the divine at some point (but then, I haven’t let myself have pudding in a while). In particular the passionfruit jelly. captured the essence of the scent, the memory, and the juice of the fruit itself. Perfectly  marbled chocolate orbs filled with cream and cinnamon apples fashioned from caramel will also be the object of my cravings for some time.

The visual highlight of the relaunch is the Bar, which has been reworked in Art Deco spendor, with a wall of harmoniously vibrant oil paintings of dapper, perky individuals and furniture in an array of tasteful mineral tones.

For the true foodies amongst you, follow Seven Park Place’s Twitter for occasional ‘wow of the day’ posts on what magic William Drabble has worked.

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Author: Roman Ackley