London al fresco dining undoubtedly comes into its own in the summer, but as the seasons change and the evenings become chilly once more that doesn’t mean we have to head inside completely, especially when the likes of Dalloway Terrace are available. Situated at The Bloomsbury hotel near Tottenham Court Road, the restaurant recently launched its festive new look on 8th November, transforming into a enchanted winter wonderland by master florists Wild at Heart by Nikki Tibbles.
The heated and covered terrace, complete with sheepskin rugs, hot water bottles and complimentary shots of Génépi liqueur is difficult to resist. Surrounded by foliage, the terrace has a secret garden feel to it - one of those places you don’t want to tell everyone about lest it get too busy, but then on the same hand it’s too good not to share… The downstairs cellar-type space, awash with fairy lights, is a cosy alternative to the main terrace and is a great date spot.
As I visited just in time for the end of the summer menu, our meal involved some wonderfully fresh flavours and light bites. We started with perfectly seared, melt in the mouth tuna, with soy & ginger dressing and pickled radish. The lobster and mango salad, finished with a tangy yuzu dressing, was an absolute treat to the tastebuds. My guest plumped for the absolutely succulent lamb cutlets, with broccoli champ, mint béarnaise and a hefty side dish of ridiculously good mash - proper comfort food. Obviously we couldn’t leave without pudding, this time a Valrhona & pecan slice with salted caramel ice cream. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Now that the new winter menu is in full swing, I’m definitely going to be making a return visit. With dishes including fondue (both sweet and savoury…) Jerusalem artichoke soup with girolles and black truffle, East Sussex game pie, Balmoral estate venison loin and apple crumble with sloe gin and custard, as well as an exclusive afternoon tea and hot chocolate cocktail menu designed by master chocolatier Maison Pierre Marcolini, you’d be a fool to miss it.
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