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#16 Lippy

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 02:05 PM

When R. and I were there last year, there was one staff member whose job seemed to be only to scrape and bow. We also had service glitches and strangenesses, the precise nature of which I no longer remember. My overall impression was that this is a theme restaurant designed to convey the feeling of "pre-war (maybe pre-war WWI) English country house." Being foreigners, we enjoyed it. The food was okay.

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 02:18 PM

Lippy, I just read your review of last September in another place :D That report exactly accorded with my experience there yesterday, including Mr Scrape-and-bow and Ms Green Candystripes, and the general offhand service. But you enjoyed the food last year (as did I) and I suspect it's gone seriously downhill since then.

#18 Lippy

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 02:31 PM

We did enjoy the food last year, although even then we felt that once was enough.

#19 Vanessa

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 07:07 AM

Oh bugger :D

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#20 Kikujiro

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 09:01 AM

assorted gamebirds and ageing Tories gather together to wheeze away their last moments on the planet


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#21 Kikujiro

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 09:04 AM

A meal for two, excluding drinks and service, costs 60.


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#22 macrosan

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 09:40 AM

She must have meant 60 each, surely.

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#23 Kikujiro

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 09:44 AM

She must have meant 60 each, surely.

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Nah. 120 for two at St J before drinks and service sounds too much, perhaps even if you're eating grouse -- you'd have to spend 34 quid each on starters and puds :D
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#24 macrosan

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 09:47 AM

Well, even at 60 a head, it's clear where we should have gone last week :D

#25 Kikujiro

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 09:49 AM

Well, even at 60 a head, it's clear where we should have gone last week :D

I am very glad I went to Wilton's once, as it were. But it does look that way.
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#26 Sneakeater

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:14 PM

Oh come on.

1. The oysters were EXCELLENT. (September 1: FIRST DAY of the season -- none of this "oysters in non-'R' months" nonsense at Wiltons.)

2. The grouse was EXCELLENT.

3. Game chips are back.

4. The Welsh Rarebit was oddly textured and unflavored. But you have to give them points for having a "savories" menu.

5. Service is, at the very least, amusing. I guess I'm insufficiently bothered by all this class stuff. Or maybe the male waiter behaved because balex's girlfriend was there. I thought the rough-spoken pinafored battle-axe of a waitress was entertaining, just as a cliche. But I'm a foreigner.

6. The company was fabulous. But that's not attributable to Wiltons.
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#27 Wilfrid

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 12:16 AM

All correct. I am not sure I've had the Welsh Rarebit there, although I have had something or other on horseback. The stilton is safe.

Service is hysterical.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:40 AM

We did enjoy the food last year, although even then we felt that once was enough.


I'm thinking I wish I could be eating here at the very beginning of next month again.
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#29 balex

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:29 AM


We did enjoy the food last year, although even then we felt that once was enough.


I'm thinking I wish I could be eating here at the very beginning of next month again.


Actually I was just planning my next meal there -- early September is the optimal moment;
the first native oysters, the grouse is perfect. No cheese on toast this time I think.

But that said, I don't think I go more than once a year.

#30 Wilfrid

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:51 PM


We did enjoy the food last year, although even then we felt that once was enough.


I'm thinking I wish I could be eating here at the very beginning of next month again.


Yes please.