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Hotel Highlights

  • Great British gastropub menu
  • Central London location
  • Laid-back atmosphere
  • Regency-meets-rural decor

Overview

With a nod to its Regency heritage, gastropub cum hotel The Grazing Goat in London's Portland Village brings a breath of country air to the capital, courtesy of decor that's more convivial coaching inn than slick city stay. Great food, relaxed rooms and prime location will win your heart and challenge your waistlines.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Grazing Goat with us:

A cocktail each in the bar, or with dinner one night

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at The Grazing Goat

Christmas holiday special offer

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Eight, including two Superior Rooms.

Rates

Double rooms from $272.09 (£171), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (à la carte prices start at £3.50 for toast and preserves; a full English costs £12.50).

Also

The pub is so-called because it's where lactose-intolerant Lady Portman's goats once grazed.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DAB radio, iPod dock, retro fan, kettle, cafetière, free bottled water, Aesop toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The attractive bedrooms are a decent size for above-a-pub accommodation, with modern country-inn decor that features Green Grove Weavers throws, brass industrial fittings and botanical prints. Standard Rooms have chalet-style oak-panelled bathroom 'pods' lined with slate tiles; Superior Rooms have ensuite bathrooms with roll-top tubs and oversize beds – room G's bath is a fetching red colour. The front Standard Rooms overlooking New Quebec Street are a shade smaller than the ones at the back, such as room F, which overlooks the rear of the Hyatt Regency.

Packing tips

Books to read fireside; bags to fill with your fashion finds; trainers for jogging in Hyde Park.

Also

The ground-floor bar is wheelchair accessible, but guest rooms are not. There's no lift at the hotel, so ask one of the friendly staff members to help if you have hefty luggage.

Children

Under-12s are welcome to stay with parents in Superior Rooms on extra beds (£30 a night) or cots (free); there's no children’s menu but there are highchairs and colouring books, and staff are happy to do smaller portions and heat up milk or baby food.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The pub's tasteful blond oak-panelled dining rooms are Regency coaching inn meets modern-day manor. You're in great British gastropob hands with the Thomas Cubbit crew: the Grazing Goat's seasonally-tailored offerings focus on home-grown ingredients such as smoked Shetland salmon, Suffolk chicken, heritage carrots, Cornish mackerel and Laverstock farm mozarella. The Sunday roasts are glorious – Castle of Mey beef rump or Portmahomack pork loin are our favourites. The à la carte breakfast menu includes tempting treats such as buttermilk pancakes with strawberries, lemon curd and basil syrup, or Apple Bircher muesli with raspberries, yoghurt and pumpkin seeds.

Hotel Bar

Beyond your room, the whole hotel is a bar! Wines, guest ales and beers on tap are supplemented by a signature cocktail list – try a Winter Goat (Chivas Regal whisky, Kahlua coffee liqueur and gomme) or Marble Parched (Sipsmith gin, Cointreau, peach schnapps, fresh lime juice and peach bitters). There's also a selection of Cubitt House wine, including a decent Rioja and an organic Loire Valley sauvignon blanc.

Last orders

The bell for drinks rings at 11pm. Breakfast (a tempting menu from Bircher muesli to buttermilk pancakes or the full English) is served in the ground-floor bar 7.30am–11.30am; the restaurant menu is available for lunch (12 noon–3pm) and dinner (6pm–10pm).

Room service

You can order anything from the restaurant menus from 12 noon until 10pm (9.30pm on Sundays).

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Dress code

Tweed and leather, linen and velvet.

Top table

On balmy London summer days, nab a spot on the ground floor where the floor-to-ceiling windows open up onto al fresco tables; otherwise settle down in the high-back dome chairs by the fireplace.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Between Marble Arch and Marylebone High Street, this is the perfect place from which to mount an assault on London's best eating, drinking, shopping and sightseeing haunts. Soho and Mayfair beckon from the east; air-kissing to your west are Kensington and Knightsbridge.

Hit Oxford Street's stores (including Selfridges) and Bond Street's boutiques; dawdle through Hyde Park toward the Serpentine and borrow a boat, deckchair or cocktail menu; book a West End show and dine pre-theatre in Covent Garden; or just pull up a chair in the pub and enjoy a quiet pint by the fireside.

Local restaurants

You won't have to go far to find great food and drink in this neck of the woods: Marylebone, Soho and Mayfair triangulate neatly around some of London's best restaurants and bars. Just round the corner from the Grazing Goat, on Seymour Street, the inimitable Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli's homage to his homeland sees beautifully simple Italian dishes brought to beautiful people in a large, elegant dining room: Locanda Locatelli (+44 (0)020 7935 8390) is the good stuff, no messing.

Luxury grande dame Claridge's is not far, and it's worth booking in for afternoon tea in its beautiful deco lounge. Alternatively, the hotel's Modern European fine-diner, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's, offers grown-up food served in grown-up surrounds. The set lunches are great value; try the braised beef featherblade.

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Portman Village

The Grazing Goat

6 New Quebec Street, London W1H 7RQ, United Kingdom

It's hard to think of a better central London location for exploring the breadth of the capital: a hop from iconic Oxford Street and Marble Arch, you can also access royal West or trendy East London in a flash.

Planes

London Heathrow is the closest international airport, 18 miles away (about 30–45 minutes by car); jump on the Heathrow Express train to Paddington and you'll be in central London in no time (www.heathrowexpress.com). Gatwick airport is also convenient (30 miles away).

Trains

London Paddington rail station is just one mile away (seven minutes' drive); there's a black taxi rank above platform 12, as well as Tube connections for the Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City and District lines. Marble Arch underground station is a three-minute stroll from the hotel.

Automobiles

You really don't need a car for a central London stay, but if you're driving into town, New Quebec Street is just off Seymour Street (A5204), which can be reached from either Edgware Road (A5) or Gloucester Place (A41). There are local NCP carparks within a five-minute walk of the Grazing Goat.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Magdalena Roze , Weather wonder woman

We’ve dubbed it the ‘gastronomic tour of dreams’. Three weeks, three cities and some of the best dining experiences in the world. My chef Mr Smith has been invited to speak at a world food festival in Paris so we thought we’d continue our ‘research’ (that’s what he’s is calling it) in some of Europe’s other food capitals. London is the next st…
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The Grazing Goat

Anonymous review by Magdalena Roze, Weather wonder woman

We’ve dubbed it the ‘gastronomic tour of dreams’. Three weeks, three cities and some of the best dining experiences in the world. My chef Mr Smith has been invited to speak at a world food festival in Paris so we thought we’d continue our ‘research’ (that’s what he’s is calling it) in some of Europe’s other food capitals.

London is the next stop and while ‘The Grazing Goat’ is a fitting hotel name for our food adventure, it seems a little out of place in posh Portman Village, as does the idea of staying in a public house in a part of the capital that happens to have the largest concentration of five-star hotels in London. That’s until you walk in.

This impeccably furnished gastropub has the feel of a modern country manor with its warm and earthy oaks, vintage-style stools, an open fireplace, large suspended linen lampshades… I am imagining Ralph Lauren’s country home to look a little something like this. All that’s missing is a moose head on the wall – but wait, there’s a goat. Naturally.

Just as we notice that our massive, bulging suitcases are spoiling the lodge decor, a Clark Kent lookalike offers to take them up to our fourth-floor room, one of only eight. We’ve arrived early so we’re invited to have coffee in what’s actually the pub bar, but even this looks like Ralph’s lounge room. Others getting their morning caffeine hit include Central London professionals and creatives. We like this place. It’s relaxed and friendly (after all, it is a pub) but style and quality give it swagger.

New Quebec Street is just as manicured, dotted with the kind of small cafés and boutiques which are making Marylebone’s neighbourhood one of London’s most appealing to the Monocle-reading set. Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Selfridge’s are a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. As is the closest tube station, Marble Arch, on the Central Line. Trust me, in a city that almost entirely commutes by Tube, and whose populous defines social status by its TFL zone, this is the jackpot.

Before I get the chance to do my own ‘research’ at Topshop and Selfridges, Mr Smith reminds me that our room must be ready. Four flights of stairs later, we flop onto our crisp white-linen-covered super-king sleigh bed. Latté-hued wooden furniture, vintage lamps, a woolen throw… the room is understated and classy (yes, you guessed it, I’m visualising it as an extension of Ralph’s lodge). But the pièce de résistance is the oversized marble ensuite. My devilishly handsome but maintenance-free Mr Smith would be happy just with a tap, but the freestanding tub, industrial-strength rain shower, Leroy Brooks taps and Aesop products are not lost on me. Nor is our charming view. I vaguely make out people pottering about their apartments, just as a brief hailstorm covers Mayfair’s rooftops in icing sugar. Did someone tell them a weather girl was going to be here reviewing the hotel?

But we’re here to eat, and after dining at the Clove Club and Michelin-starred Ledbury, we have our third and final London dinner ‘at home’. The Grazing Goat promises these Australians some classic British pub grub. ‘Is the menu good?’ I quiz Mr Smith. ‘If a gastropub get the basics right – like burger, the fish ’n’ chippies and steak – then it’s a winner,’ he tells me. We’re chuffed that our friendly waiter remembers us from our coffee stop three days ago and we learn that the menu is seasonal, local and always changing. Let the games begin.

Obsessed with all things pickled and smoked, we start with the Grazing Goat house-smoked charcuterie and pickled vegetables. Next up is a dressed Devon crab which arrives with an equally generous wooden board of smoked meats. Rustic and beautifully presented, the dishes are dream fodder for Instagram photo, if it weren’t for the cosy mood lighting.

As I tuck into a comforting tomato-and-thyme-braised shoulder of West Devon lamb on a bed of caramelised onion and butternut pearl barley, Mr Smith tests the steak and chips. The thick, crispy chunks of potato are served in a ceramic cup atop a wooden board with the steak and oven-roasted vine tomatoes. ‘It’s great,’ chomps Mr Smith. ‘And the chips are gorgeous,’ he adds, before letting out a big sigh. It’s that happy kind of sigh you do when you come home after a long day. As for the wine, the list is strong, if slightly leaning towards the expensive side, coupled with 10 classic cocktails (I loved the British Cosmopolitan) and a small selection of beers. We’ve just eaten for Great Britain, but we’re already looking forward to breakfast. With our healthy appetites, the four flights of stairs up to our room are probably a blessing.

If supper is a cut above your average pub, then breakfast is paddocks ahead of most hotel restaurants with offerings including Bath pig chorizo with bubble and squeak and cinnamon-spiced plum and fig porridge with caramelised walnut and honey. You won’t find crystal chandeliers, white gloves, shiny cloches or hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at this edge-of-Mayfair establishment. And that’s precisely why we’d graze here again.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Grazing Goat's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room was beautiful, food in the restaurant was exceptionally good, and the wine list strong. And service throughout was excellent.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were fabulous and the food was great.

Don’t expect

I would've liked a fridge to chill drinking water and maybe a minibar. The stair carpet is worn and grubby. I thought it was like a pub with a few rooms added but without the normal facilities one expects in a hotel. The owners ought to travel to Asia and check out the hotels in cities like Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Rating: 6/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location is absolutely brilliant: Central London on the most charming little street with a villagey feel. The pub downstairs is fantastic. I would go out of my way in London just to have lunch there. The rooms are charming and tastefully decorated. I will very happily go back.

Don’t expect

Be aware that you are in Central London and several rooms are street-facing and therefore could be a bit noisy, but we did not at all experience any disturbances.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything! Especially the food

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the decoration of the rooms – chalet-style wooden floors and bathrooms. And, the incredible breakfasts!

Don’t expect

It's chaotic checking-in if you are arriving when the pub is in full swing in the evenings.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the great location, lovely rooms and great service.

Don’t expect

Rooms are just above the pub, so the music/noise might disturb.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We arrived early hoping to just drop off our bags. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and it turned out our room was ready early. We had a lovely room right at the top with a large and nicely furnished bathroom. Location is fabulous as only a few minutes from Marble Arch and Selfridges and yet you are in a village environment with lots of small shops and cafes.

Don’t expect

We stayed on a warm night in August and as there is no air-con in the room (there is a fan) we found it difficult to sleep.

Rating: 7/10 stars