Is it me or are fancy hotel restaurants becoming more and more popular? Berner’s Tavern, Sanderson, The Hoxton, Plum & Spilt Milk and The Ned. You see where I’m coming from?
I was recently one of the lucky individuals who was invited along to try the menu at The Lampery, the latest in the hotel restaurant space, and it was one lovely evening.
A short walk from Fenchurch Street station, The Lampery can be found on Seething Lane which is pretty quiet – it’s almost like you’re walking into a hidden secret!
The interior, set across two floors, is contemporary and minimalist with a touch of elegance. With turquoise and peacock blues running throughout, taupe, different woods and low hanging filament lamps, it sure has that luxe feeling.
Spread across a long table we all shared a number of the dishes from the a la carte menu, so we could taste as much as possible – I actually quite enjoy this over ordering one three course meal to myself, as as you know, I suffer quite badly with food envy!
Starters were beautifully presented. Most on the smaller side, but if you’re going to order several courses you don’t want to fill up before the main course.
The Tossed Wild New Forest Mushrooms with Lemon Thyme & Truffle Brioche was a favourite. The mushrooms perfectly cooked and strong in those signature umami flavours. The Truffle Brioche was sliced and lightly toasted forming the base – for once not too crunchy which was great.
The British Burrata with fermented cucumber, garden peas, green horseradish and chive oil, was super fresh. The flavours and textures combining well, bringing together the creamy Burrata cheese, fresh greens and slightly zingy horseradish.
The Seared Salmon with dressed crab, pickled samphire and lime reduction was my other fave on the starter front. Tender, flavoursome salmon fillet, served with a small portion of salty lightly dressed crab, and a slightly zingy reduction, yet not overpoweringly so, it was yet another well-thought out combination.
The Cumbrian Ham Hock & Goose Liver Terine was rich in flavour and still had a fab chunky texture, with the ham hock tender and slightly salty. The pickles complimented the dish well.
The Baked Scottish Scallops was another beautiful dish. Smaller, as expected with scallops, the starter consisted of three juicy, tasty scallops, with parsnip, autumnal truffle – a delicious, subtle combination.
On the mains front, presentation did not slip – I was gawping at each as they arrived.
The Prime Fillet Beef Wellington, featured tender and flavoursome steak with wild mushroom, foie gras, and a rich autumn truffle & burgundy jus. It didn’t just look good – it was one fab wellington. Great paired with heritage carrot, a stunning colourful dish tossed with walnut, radish crunch, and a slightly sweet yet subtle maple & soy dressing.
‘The Lampery Pye’, another pastry number, was among my fave two picks of main dishes. Flaky, buttery shortcrust pastry, filled to the brim with a tender beef cheek, prunes, cinnamon, nutmeg, Acacia honey and caramelised shallots, it was a fantastic mix of sweet and savoury flavours which results in a deep, rich, autumnal taste.
The British Bitter Roasted Suckling Pig, served with maple crackling and braised fennel arrived like a piece of art. Not overly sweet, the pork was fatty but flavoursome. The fennel a mild, complimentary accompaniment, and the crackling a delicious crunchy after thought. That’s the bit most people want when ordering pork right?
The Broken Barley Risotto, was a fantastic alternative to the usual rice numbers, giving larger grains and slightly more chewy texture – I often feel risotto made with rice is just a bit too stodgy. Cooked with Wensleydale Blue and Cavlolo nero Crisp, it was incredibly creamy, with just a touch of the potent blue flavour coming through. A fab veggie option.
The Beenleigh Blue Mac & Cheese was indulgently cheesy. It delivered that signature cheese pull, and the pasta so soft, yet not over cooked. The Cauliflower Cheese Gratin, another cheesy number, was rich and creamy, with cauliflower served a la dente – beautiful!
Not that there was much room for a third course, once they’d arrived, I was too tempted not to taste…
The twice-Baked Apple Crumble, was almost as good as you remember your grandparents. Buttery crumble, sweet filling, topped with the creamiest lemon & thyme ice cream and tonka bean custard, it was my pick of the desserts.
The Poached Pear, served with Molten Salted Caramel, Amaretto and Cinnamon Crumb, was a more fresh and fruity dessert option. Mild, slightly sweet, the pear was just soft and still slightly warm, delicious paired with the cream, and crumb – a well considered mix of textures!
The Jersey Cream Rice Pudding was one of the best rice puddings I’ve had. With a crisp top, it was almost a cross with a creme brulee. Underneath the caramelised layer, it was seriously creamy, thick and indulgent, and was served with a sweet, fruity Damson Jam.
The Flourless Bitter Chocolate and Almond Slice, was like a rich, soft brownie. Balanced with the Armagnac cream, and presented with a clementine crisp on top, it was quite a heavy dessert, and definitely one for dark chocolate lovers!
The Burnt Rhubarb Meringue Pie was a fab dessert pastry number. Thick shortcrust, fruity rhubarb coulis and meringue which was still soft in the middle, it was another beautifully presented pudding which tasted just as good as it looks.
Enjoyed with a sweet festive amaretto cocktail, and some beautiful bold red wine, we did sure make a night of it.
I can honestly say, I think I’d still be stuck on what to pick next time – there are some fab options to choose from on the menu. Service was friendly and helpful too, making it a lovely spot to enjoy an evening – they’re even starting to bring in a DJ in the week!
With starters priced from £8, mains from £15, sides from £4 and desserts from £7, it’s about average for a fancy hotel restaurant in London, and well worth it. The Lampery should definitely be on your ‘must visit’ list – even if just for a cocktail in the stunning bar/restaurant.
Have you been to any of the hotel restaurants yet? Where is your fave?
*I was invited along to try the menu at The Lampery. All views my own.