Today, the luxury hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace, The Rubens at the Palace officially cut the ribbon at its new fine-dining restaurant, The English Grill. Notable features of the restaurant include its glass-walled kitchen, its signature 20-ounce steak and views over the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.
The brasserie-style restaurant embraces its English traditions in its menu designed around premium seasonal produce, locally sourced by top English suppliers, including meats from Aubrey Allen, Royal Warrant Holder to The Queen.
In homage to The Rubens’ royal history of English high society, diners at The English Grill are served from tail-coated waiters, who will also carve the daily roast table-side from a silver trolley. These roasts include delicacies such as Beef Wellington served with creamed onions and Madeira jus, belly of slow-roasted pork with crackling and apple sauce, and salmon en croute (locally sourced from Billingsgate Fish Market) served with creamed spinach and Champagne butter sauce.
Another option at the new English Grill are the signature gourmet pies. On daily rotation, the pies are modern twists on classic, such as English favorites, pork and apple, Shepherd’s, and chicken pot pies.
The English Grill’s menu has a selection of vegetarian and seafood dishes as well, alongside the menu’s centerpiece: the 20-ounce Aubrey Allen Tomahawk Steak, which is ideal for sharing. The a-la carte menu is accompanied by an extensive wine list, including a selection from Bouchard Finlayson, The Rubens’ sister vineyard in South Africa.
Executive chef Ben Kelliher leads the 28-chef team. Pastry chef Sara Houghting oversees the range of classic English desserts, such as Eton mess, crème brulee, and baked vanilla cheesecake. Service at The English Grill is helmed by head maitre d’ Paul Foxon. The kitchen itself has also been fully refurbished, with the addition of a glass wall that allows guests to see their food being cooked and a charcoal-fired oven, The Jasper, which reaches temperatures of 932 degrees Fahrenheit.
The introduction of The English Grill is part of the five-year, multimillion-pound refurbishment of The Rubens. Furnishings include the addition of leather booths and the refurbished Cavalry Bar, which provides pre-dinner cocktails, digestifs and live music.