I need to make you aware of the launch of Gillray`s Steakhouse & Bar which is due to open in March at the 5 star London Marriott County Hall Hotel.
The new restaurant aims to be “the most English of English dining destinations” and will feature the best of English beef and seasonal produce as well as over thirty gins and new cocktails created taking an influence from the satirical works of famed caricaturist of the late eighteenth century James Gillray.
Set in the County Hall, built 100 years ago to house London`s government, with views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, few can claim a more inherently English location or vista.
The choice of namesake, James Gillray, reflects the political history of the County Hall`s past, and the intelligence, style and humour of the English personality. James Gillray`s work punctuates the menu and will be exhibited on the walls of the steakhouse restaurant and bar.
Location – check, History – check, Interior design – check. What about the menu? Well, for me this is where it gets really good.
The 1000g `Bulls Head` steak sounds divine and when you throw in bar snacks like English Crumpet & Soft Boiled Egg washed down with 10 English beers, this high end London steakhouse looks to be debuting with gloves off. I am a fan already and I haven`t tasted a morsel.
(I am not suggesting all 10 beers need to be drunk, but merely pointing out the choice is rather good)
The menu features nine cuts of steak – bone-out and bone-in – 300g Fillet on the bone, 450g Porterhouse and 600g T-Bone steaks. Gillray`s Steakhouse signature dish, the 1000g `Bulls Head` steak, will steal the show – a 1000g-butterfly cut, double rib steak served with the bone in.
The Englishness of Gillray`s Steakhouse & Bar is evident throughout the bar menu, populated by 10 English beers (and two Scottish beers from Innis & Gunn), 29 English gins (including a few British favourites such as Hendrick`s) and five English vodkas.
The bar snacks menu brings Englishness to life in bite-sized morsels – Pigs in Blankets, English Crumpet & Soft Boiled Egg and Venison Sausage Rolls with HP Sauce – England on a plate.
Gillray`s Steakhouse & Bar opens at London`s County Hall at the end of March 2012.
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