The Handbook
The Handbook

What: Already home to the much loved (and much Instagrammed), Dalloway Terrace and the hidden treasure (and one of my all-time favourites) Bloomsbury Club Bar, The Bloomsbury has added The Coral Room to its collection of brilliant bars.

New? Yes, it opened at the end of last year.

Where: The Coral Room 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN,

On the Menu: Open for breakfast and then for small plates throughout the day, you can host your breakfast meeting over spiced, baked eggs with turmeric yoghurt; curl up with a book and a bacon sandwich on toasted sourdough; lunch on manchego cheese and chestnut honey and snack on devils on horseback with a cocktail.

The Look: Not surprisingly The Coral Room is coral coloured. Why? Because Sir Edwin Lutyens, the building’s architect, was said to be rather fond of the colour. Designed by Martin Brudnizki (Scarfes Bar, Sexy Fish, Smith & Wollensky) the room features high ceilings, the original panelling and a Calacatta marble topped bar. It’s got that classic Martin Brudnizki look to it – smart, polished but relaxed. Adorning the walls are 36 pieces of original artwork by new British illustrator Luke Edward Hall and offsetting the coral coloured are dark blue chairs, green ferns, muted greys and gold finishes, so you don’t feel like you’re sat inside a lobster claw.

What We Ate: We chose three plates, which turned out to be more than enough for the two of us. There’s a decadent dish of lobster and crayfish mac n cheese, not as cheesy as a mac and cheese should be, but the rich béchamel sauce and chunks of lobster meant that we were fighting for the last mouthful. Tender, short rib sliders are given a kick with spiced slaw and if you want something more refined then the 28-day dry-aged Aberdeen beef carpaccio is finished with rocket, parmesan and autumn truffle dressing, the beef so thin that it was almost as if it was melting. Next time I go I’ll make sure to order the devils on horseback and I have my eye on the Welsh rarebit, whatever I choose it will definitely accompany a portion of the lobster and crayfish mac and cheese.

What We Drank: The bar is said to have a country meets city concept which isn’t particularly obvious apart from in the cocktail list, where you’ll find drinks such as the City Slicker, Glyndebourne’s New Show and Midtown Swizzle. Pleasant Land, is certainly pleasant but without the kick that I tend to go for, a mix of Tapatio Blanco, Ilegal Mezcal, mango puree, orgeat, lime juice, ginger beer and micro coriander. Homegrown, adds Belsazar white, lemon juice, soda water dill and cucumber juice to gin and elderflower, for a refreshing take on the classic.

Go With: The Coral Room is smart enough for a meeting, glamourous enough for a date, relaxed enough for friends and grown up enough for your parents.

Final Word: They say three is the magic number and with the addition of The Coral Room, The Bloomsbury has hit that sweet spot. It might not be one of the first London hotels you think of, but it’s quietly rising through the ranks.

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The Coral Room: 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN