Nearly a decade and an estimated £150 million since restoration began, this Gothic masterpiece reveals its former glory. The restaurant, named in honour of the building's original architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, has been designed by David Collins Studio to make the most of the lofty space and the extraordinary perforated ironwork ceiling. Marcus Wareing, Gordon Ramsay's one-time protégé who now has two Michelin stars, is behind the bustling ‘Great British Brasserie'.
The menu is true to old world British dishes such as Tweed Kettle – seatrout and a herb, lemon and nutmeg crust – which is interesting, but not remarkable. Yorkshire fish cake and Queen Anne’s artichoke tart are worth a try, as are the super-fresh oysters. Don’t be tempted by Mushrooms on Sippets (toast) or Queen’s Potage – both lack flavour. Dorset jugged steak with pork dumplings is a good, albeit heavy, choice – for a lighter option try perfectly-cooked Dover sole. Puddings are noteworthy, in particular the Eccles cakes with Cheddar cheese ice cream.
For ten guests, an arc-shaped table offers a full kitchen view and the stunning bar has smaller bites. The Gilbert Scott is ideal if you are travelling to or from St. Pancras. DC