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Fine dining with a difference: the many Montcalm restaurants and bars

There’s no doubt about it, for weary travellers to the UK capital whom desire something a little extra, nay a few touches of luxury and indulgence from the accommodation they check-in to, the Montcalm Group has over the years developed an enviable reputation as a hotel brand of choice. Which, let’s be honest, is precisely why so many repeat guests to the group’s revered selection of properties throughout the West End and the City of London see fit to join The Montcalm Club, the exclusive programme that rewards these very guests’ loyalty, to say the least.

But what is it about the Montcalm hotels that ensures visitors keep coming back for more? Well, a good example of the excellent amenities and sublime service any guest – whether or not they’re a member of The Montcalm Group – experiences on a daily basis at any one of our properties are their first-class restaurants and bars. Indeed, this particular facet is, we like to think, one of the strings in our Montcalm bow – so varied and distinguishable yet high-quality are our dining and imbibing venues. Interested? If so, do read on…

 

The Crescent Restaurant & Lounge

(2 Wallenberg Place W1H 7TN)

If The Montcalm London Marble Arch, our flagship property, is a hotel fit for a king, then its main restaurant and lounge, The Crescent, undoubtedly offers a dining experience fit for anyone for whom sophistication and indulgence, nay luxury, is a must. Spacious and veritable spectacles themselves, the restaurant and lounge are, together, to be found in a room that lies directly opposite the main lobby of this just-off Park Lane-located property.

And when they step inside for the first time, perhaps the thing that strikes visitors most of all is the bright and airy feel of the venue, thanks to the four sizeable skylights that ensure the lounge is bathed in as much natural light as possible; sunlight dazzling off the stunning black-and-white marble tiles of the floor.

Plus, as if all that weren’t enough, guests are bound to find the dining options on offer just as irresistible. Dinner-wise, a wide variety of dishes are always available from the à la carte menu (also applicable for lunch), while the excellent continental breakfast choices are a buffet affair – and who could forget the opportunity to indulge in an utterly delicious – and, upon visiting a West End restaurant, some may say, essential – afternoon tea? And don’t go away thinking child diners aren’t made a fuss of – when they pop along for ‘Teddy’s Tea Time’, young guests are spolit rotten; for following their being fed, they get to depart with a trademark Montcalm Teddy each!

It should be pointed out too that, owing to its expansive size, the Crescent is also commonly hired by companies and organisations for private occasions – luncheons, dinners and ceremonies of all kinds. In this regard, it can accommodate between 48 and 80 people for a cabaret- or theatre-style event, up to 60 people for a banquet and up to 120 for a standing reception.

The Crescent Is open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea (Monday-Saturday) and breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner (Sunday) – dinner is served until 10.45pm; tables can be reserved up to 10.30pm.

 

Nirvana Kitchen and Bar

(61 Upper Berkley Street W1H 7PP)

Also located in The Montcalm London Marble Arch hotel, but accessible from outside just around the corner from the hotel’s main entrance, is one of the West End’s latest and most exciting dining and evening-cocktail destinations. Taken together, the Nirvana Kitchen and Bar are heavenly venues, indeed.

The restaurant, Nirvana Kitchen, has a light and breezy vibe just like the hotel’s other dining solution, but with a more modernist and dynamic edge. And you might say that’s true for the cuisine; each day and night the menu’s pulled together from Asia’s most evocative corners, yet – don’t doubt it – the Thai- and Japanese-derived dishes are created not just with 100 percent authentic ingredients, but also a 21st Century twist thrown into the mix.

In addition, then to being able to sample the best of the cuisine of the East in the West End, via Nirvana Bar you can taste some of the best cocktails served anywhere in the capital. And that’s because this place comes replete with supreme mixologists; ready, willing and able to cook up brand new concoctions as well as, of course, the great, classic cocktail creations everybody loves. Additionally, you’ll find the bar’s stocked fine wines, sumptuous Champagnes and sensational single malt and blended whiskies, as well as brilliant bar bites and tasty sharing plates, while entertainment’s a mainstay too – there’s often live music at the weekend and usually live jazz grooves on Wednesday. To say Nirvana Bar is a happening place with an animated ambience is to put it mildly!

Moreover, should you be considering paying Nirvana Kitchen and Nirvana Bar a visit, you ought to take note of the following promotions currently running:

  • 20% off for Montcalm Club members – order a dish that’s a mouth-watering modern take on classic Eastern cuisine at the Nirvana Kitchen and, as a member of The Montcalm Club, enjoy 20 percent off your total bill by presenting your membership card (note: you must reserve a table in advance directly with the venue, not through a third party and this promotion can’t be combined with any other)

 

  • Champagne & Dine – receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne when you spend £60 or more at Nirvana Kitchen (available every day for either lunch or dinner)

 

  • Twice as nice – buy two cocktails for the price of just one at Nirvana Bar, so you can raise two glasses instead of one, whether you’re celebrating anything or not

 

  • Bed, breakfast & lunch! – wouldn’t it be great to stay the night at a luxurious hotel like The Montcalm London Marble Arch and not just enjoy breakfast the following morning but also lunch because, as part of your booking, the second meal of your day’s available at a bargain price? This offer enables you to do just that; in fact, it means you can linger long into the afternoon over a two or even a three-course lunch at the Nirvana Kitchen, sampling its lip-smackingly-good Asian-inspired culinary delights, or at The Crescent restaurant (two-course meal for £15.00 pp or three-course meal for £19.99 pp at the Nirvana Kitchen; three-course meal for £19.99 pp at The Crescent restaurant)

 

  • More is less at lunch – there’s no excuse not to indulge in the fantastic flavours of the Nirvana Kitchen’s Pan-Asian cooking (and do so at length too, in the form of a three-course lunch), thanks to this deal that sees a three-course lunch knocked down to just £24.99 pp

 

  • First Class & Fast – a business lunch deal designed for those who are short on time but don’t want to scrimp on the quality of their food, this offer sees a one-course lunch at Nirvana Kitchen reduced to just £9.95 pp (or £12.95 pp with coffee); note: this deal’s available to all visitors to the restaurant, whether they’re guests at The Montcalm London Marble Arch or not.

Burdock and Aviary at The Montcalm Royal London House

(22-25 Finsbury Square EC2A 1DX)

Stylish and sophisticated, the capital’s financial district-located Montcalm Royal London House hotel is the place to stay for business travellers eager to combine the dynamic vibe of this incurably bustling part of town, along with necessary repose and fine living (well, away from home, at least). And one of the ways in which this fine example of the Montcalm family of hotels achieves this for its guests is through its two distinct restaurant options.

Perfect for either grabbing breakfast and then jumping out into The City for the day or, alternatively, dining out with a loved one over an intimate meal in the evening, the Burdock doesn’t just offer a top quality menu of British cuisine drawn from the very best produce, but also boasts a unique, appealing atmosphere, what with its rustic-style décor accentuated by exposed brickwork and warm detailing.

Meanwhile, many metres up, on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House, in fact, you’ll come across a quite different proposition, the Aviary. A rooftop restaurant and bar that’s blessed with splendid views across the London skyline, as well as a rather fitting old-school retro, luxe look, it also lays claim to a superb centrepiece bar, while the restaurant opens out on to a south-facing terrace, ensuring it’s a destination for al fresco dining come the summer months. And, just to top off the jet-setting atmos, the international cuisine on the menu’s accompanied by botany-themed cocktails.

 

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms and The Jugged Hare at The Montcalm at The Brewery London City

(52 Chiswell Street EC1Y 4SA)

Lying in something of a golden triangle between the bright lights of exciting Old Street, the high-culture of the Barbican and the buzz of the major transport hub that’s Liverpool Street station, The Montcalm at The Brewery London City is another accommodation that’s perfectly located for visitors to the Square Mile – either on business or for leisure. Especially as its two restaurants offer quite different choices for dining guests.

First, there’s Chiswell Street Dining Rooms; an eating-out (or eating-in) solution that provides breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, its cuisine blending the best of the old and the new of British cooking, thanks to its head chef hailing from the illustrious background that’s the West End’s Groucho Club. Its layout and décor make it reminiscent of a modern drawing room, with chic wood-panelling as well as leather tub chairs to lose yourself in – before you lose yourself in your food.

And, second, there’s The Jugged Hare; a dining destination that’s firmly British in its origins and aspirations. Its exact location was once the barrelling room of a major brewery, which accounts for the appealing rough-and-ready yet authentic look of the place with its oak timber floorboards, while its name is derived from a notorious 18th Century recipe for cooking and serving game back in the day. Today, this pub-like venue’s all about offering the best quality British food, supplemented by a selection of independent boutique wines.

 

Plate at M By Montcalm

(151-157 City Road EC1V 1JH)

There’s much to be said for the electric, youthful and downright cool Shoreditch; it’s surely the most happening district in the UK capital right now, both socially (thanks to the playful hipster brigade) and business-wise (thanks to the even more inventive and creative Tech City start-up set). And, don’t doubt it, when it comes to accommodation in this district of London, that’s where M By Montcalm comes in – a bold, confident, stylish and sleek hotel, yet one that’s comfortable, relaxing and meets its guests’ every need.

A good example of this, naturally, is its outstanding restaurant, which – fitting with the property’s minimalist design and style – is known simply as Plates. There’s nothing stuck-up or stuffy about this place, though; set up and run by the man responsible for the lauded dining options at The City’s Gherkin building a short distance away, its menus comprise substantial mains as well as small plates and sweet plates, enabling diners to mix and match the high-quality, delicious food produced by celebrated chefs and delivered by waiting staff in a manner that may be informal but is definitely informed too.

Yet, that’s not all. For downstairs from the restaurant, you’ll find an offshoot in the form of Plate Bake & Bar, which has fast made a name for itself not just with hotel Montcalm London guests, but also local workers and socialisers for its scrumptious homemade breads, cakes and pastries – terrific treats for the sweet-toothed! All told then, Plates – with its awesome à la carte-standard breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes and its friendly but supremely skilled mixologists and sommeliers – is the venue to visit in The City when you’re hungry or parched – or both… and no mistake!

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