REVIEW: Galvin at The Athenaeum – Luxury British Dining in Piccadilly


Galvin Athenaeum


The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences in Mayfair has just gone through a multimillion pound refurbishment.  It underwent an extensive rebrand and partnership with Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin who have now taken over all food and beverage operations to launch Galvin at The Athenaeum. This is the first time that the brothers have managed all F&B at a hotel including room service, private dinning and afternoon tea and they seem to be getting it just right.

As a big name in the restaurant game we were really excited to try out their newest venture on a freezing cold evening in January. Ordering olives and almonds for the table while we browsed the menu we were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere in the restaurant. Over half of the tables were full of couples and families seeming to be visiting London or there for a special occasion.

We chose a bottle of the house red which was a 2010 Bordeaux Terre Rouge. This was a great medium bodied wine which went down extremely well and didn’t last much longer than our first course… It is what we could only describe as “quaffable”.  To start we went for the Salad Nicoise which can also be ordered as a main for a few more pounds. The fresh seared buttery yellowfin tuna, crunchy green beans and zesty dressing went was just perfection. My guest had the Chicken Parfait with bread on the side and unfortunately did not enjoy this as much as the salad. The starters are quite small in size with the option of a larger size available for most options. The fact our particular starters were small was a good thing for us as our mains were very large.

We went on to share a  “Surf & Turf” (self made) and ordered the Simple Grilled Lobster with garlic butter, wild mushrooms and watercress alongside the Rose county beef rib eye, chips & green peppercorn butter. Both mains were superbly cooked and as well as being really rich dishes, we managed to eat every last morsel on our plates. We had a little wait inbetween courses so ordered new wine to go with our mains. The house white Grillo, Terre di Chiara from Sicily was totally delicious and cut through the garlicky butter with the perfect amount of refreshing flavours.

While being extremely full after we wanted to stay and lap up the rest of the evening so managed to share a dessert of flowery Orange cheesecake and dark bitter chocolate ice cream. 
The restaurant menu features classic British dishes as well as incorporating well known Galvin favourites such as the Galvin smoked salmon and steak tartare with toasted sourdough. Starters also include Dressed Portland crab with Hampshire watercress & rye bread, Soused Cornish Herrings with marinated Ratte potatoes & pickled cucumber and Woodhall Cumbrian air dried ham & Charentais melon. Well loved dishes such as toasted crisp sourdough, English peas, avocado, lemon & fresh ricotta and Spelt pasta, violet artichokes, goats curd and almond also feature alongside mains of Belly of Dingley Dell pork, Mr Brown’s black pudding, apple & hazelnut salad and Grilled Herdwick Barnsley lamb chop, aubergine & mint hollandaise.

Top notch food for any occasion- great for family celebrations.

Galvin at The Athenaeum Park Lane
116 Piccadilly

By: Hannah Lovell