Des McDonald’s latest venture, the new brasserie and delicatessen opening at Rosewood London on 18 February promises classic British cuisine in an historic setting. Previously the East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance, Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen is situated on the ground floor of the newly opened Rosewood London hotel, a restored 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building.
The kitchen will be overseen by Group Exectutive chef, Lee Bull with Head Chefs Steve Collins (Quaglino’s) and David Burke (Le Pont De La Tour, The Wolseley). The bar will be run by Goran Mulabdic (Brasserie Zédel and The Ivy).
The menu, comprised of traditional British dishes, is divided into eight sections from Bar Snacks and Grill to the English Kitchen. Starters include; Ham Hock and Foie Gras Terrine and Cornish Crab Bisque whilst main courses feature Sterlingshire Porter House Steak, Wild Halibut Steak, Highland Partridge and Steak and 'Camden Ink' Suet Pudding. Desserts have a retro feel with Steamed Jam Sponge and Banana with Custard. The High Tea menu (Fish Finger Sandwiches with Tartare Sauce, Welsh Rabbit and cake of the day) also comes highly recommended.
Adjoining the brasserie is Holborn Delicatessen, opening directly onto High Holborn offering food and drinks to go plus hand-picked British products including bread, charcuterie, marmalades, clotted cream and locally produced cheeses.
Interiors, by Martin Brudnizki, mirror the traditional British cuisine with chandeliers, reclaimed oak furnishings, antique mirrors and leather upholstery. The dining room includes an additional copper topped bar and counter (seating 40) which leads to The Terrace (also seating 40) within the hotel’s inner courtyard.