Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood Hotel, Holborn
Holborn is having a revival of late and this place is very much part of it. The Rosewood Hotel played host to some fabulous events when it launched and it’s a majestic looking building, so the overall vibe is definitely one of Americana glamour. The restaurant is grand and beautiful, airy and elegant in a way that makes time stand still while you enjoy your food and company. It’s a grown up joint that makes you feel relaxed as soon as you step inside the dark wood and brass revolving doors, the clientele is varied and discreet so that you never feel like you’re on a catwalk when trying to find your way to the loos. It’s more polished than the Hoxton Holborn but much more approachable than Chiltern Firehouse. This is perfect for a long Sunday date with that special someone you might want to take home to meet your parents one day.
The menu is not as innovative as some other strong brunch contenders out there but there is enough variety to ensure that all tastes are catered to. The Bellini’s and Bloody Marys are very good and the service is discreet yet attentive which gives this place an added air of luxury. The roast chicken was particularly tasty and the hashed brown and eggs packed a punch with taste but was surprisingly light despite the portion size.
Meet your date near Farringdon and start with a walk through Smithfield market, Exmouth market and Leather Lane market for that old city charm and a coffee before whisking them into a taxi for a very short ride to the Rosewood Hotel for maximum arrival impact. Enjoy a long, lazy & boozy brunch at Holborn Dining Rooms and meander back towards Covent Garden to enjoy the hustle and bustle before retreating for a quick kiss in the beautiful and colourful Neal’s Yard.
The menu isn’t a conversation point so make sure your date is happy with classics.