Being a practically lifelong Spice Girls fan (which I know does wonders for my credibility), I admit to being a tad excited about dining at the Gilbert Scott, which is housed inside the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel, where the famous girl group filmed their debut music video, Wannabe, in the mid-1990s. Here I am on the iconic steps, rocking some blurry girl power:
Before this, we’d had a gut-busting lunch at the restaurant, which is run by Marcus Wareing and offers a £27 Weekend Roast option comprising 3 courses. We all caved in when faced with this option and all 3 starters made their way to our table of four: the roasted carrot soup, venison terrine (with Somerset cider chutney), and omelette Arnold Bennett. Presentation was flawless and flavours harmonious, with perhaps the highlight being the dinky frying pan in which the omelette was served.
When it came to the main we were more selective: of the four choices available only two were selected by our table: corn-fed chicken, and roast pork belly. Crackling did not disappoint and the chicken was moist and flavourful. Gravy was also available in abundance.
However, none of the dessert choices were neglected: banana bread and butter pudding (with chocolate jelly and divine rum ice cream), classic sticky toffee pudding and innovative vanilla panna cotta (with blood orange and passionfruit jelly) were all sampled. The latter made for a particularly refreshing finish, and the rum ice cream was the final flourish of an alcohol-fuelled lunch (which had already seen us drain a bottle of Minervois and a round of gin and tonics).
With all of the alcohol involved, this came to around £50 per person. In addition, we took coffee in the hotel’s plush lounge, which was all white upholstery and natural light. Coffee was of good quality, and service was attentive without being stifling, making for a wonderful birthday weekend lunch. Ultimately would visit again for the beautiful setting, high standard of food and excellent service, which combines to make very good value for money indeed. Plus, that 90s-themed photo opportunity is in itself priceless.