London, United Kingdom

The Grazing Goat

Rates from (ex tax)$214.08

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Country living

Setting

Portman Village

A gourmet pub in the heart of the capital, The Grazing Goat hotel in central London brings together the best of town and country: a great-for-shopping location off Oxford Street, a mouthwatering menu of clever British comfort food, and rural-meets-Regency interiors that befit both pastoral yearning and urban rambling.

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

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eight, including two Superior Rooms.

Rates

Double rooms from $214.08 (£163), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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 and Drink

Photos The Grazing Goat food and drink

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.

Dress Code

Tweed and leather, linen and velvet.

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).

Location

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Address
The Grazing Goat
6 New Quebec Street
London
W1H 7RQ
London
United Kingdom

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.

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.

Reviews

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Hazel Sheffield

Anonymous review

Staycations used to be things my friends did when they weren’t organised enough to do something fun with their holidays. They signified time for sifting through life admin, getting a wax, going to the dentist or spring cleaning. Staycations, I thought, were wasted holidays. Until now.

Boutique hotel the Grazing Goat in Marylebone, London, is about 15 minutes from my Bloomsbury flat on public transport. The pub is hidden behind heaving Oxford Street on a row of charming, independent stores and little restaurants, offering a boutique alternative to some of the other big, chain hotels that gather here. From the outside, it looks like a swanky gastropub (with the emphasis very much on the gastronomy) – the downstairs bar is set up like a restaurant, with hardly any space for people to gather at the bar.

Mr Smith and I arrive on a Thursday evening between Christmas and New Year. We’ve spent a week touring the country on family visits and overindulging on cheap chocolate and wine. Rather than schlepping back home to take the tree down, we’ve booked a couple of nights nearby as an end-of-year treat.

Slipping inside the front doors and out of the freezing London fog, we pass the entrance to the pub and make our way up a winding staircase to the restaurant. It’s late and the restaurant is busy, but a member of staff quickly confirms our reservation, grabs some keys and charges up three floors to the top of the building and our superior-sized room. Thankfully we’ve packed light, as there are no lifts, though the waiter does kindly offer to help carry our bags.

A moment later, he disappears back to the restaurant and we are left admiring the room’s rustic, country house-style interior with its tasteful grey hues. There’s a cast-iron desk with a real cafetière, a floor-to-ceiling mirror and a heavy, raw-wood wardrobe with bathrobes and extra pillows inside. I skirt around the giant bed and into a marble bathroom with its spacious shower and roll-top bath tub, making a mental note to make full use of the facilities before we leave.

The next morning, a quick peek out the curtains reveals the rooftops of Marylebone are blanketed in fog in this Mary Poppins-evoking neighbourhood. I can imagine Dick Van Dyke appearing over the rooftops, crowing about chimneys in a bad cock-er-ney accent. We decide to take full advantage of the generous breakfast hours and spend another couple of hours collapsed like two starfish across the giant bed, face first in its white linen. Just before 11am, we settle downstairs in the bar area with coffees and the paper. This isn’t the place for a swift meal – try the Hyatt Regency that towers over the rear of the Grazing Goat for that – but the waiting staff’s leisurely pace suits our needs just fine. Two cooked breakfasts and black coffees later and we’re ready to brave the cold outside.

The Grazing Goat is around the corner from Marble Arch station on the Central Line, which means the whole of London is just a short tube journey away. But there’s more than enough to do within walking distance. We dodge tourists on their way to the Winter Wonderland fair in Hyde Park and sales shopping on Oxford Circus to find the backstreets of Soho, where the best coffee shops, record stores and private art galleries are found. This is the London I fell in love with as a teenager: the romance of sullen record-store staff; the patchwork building façades with commercial signs painted one on top of the other; the eternal grey skies. A few left turns and I could turn the key in my own front door, but our cosy pub escape makes the city seem new to me.

That night, we moot trying our luck at return tickets for a West End show, but after a long day traipsing London, I heed the siren call of that roll-top bath tub. As I sink beneath the water, scented with orange-blossom bath salts, Mr Smith takes advantage of the fact that drinks are literally on tap (since we’re staying in a pub) and orders champagne to the room. Some hours later, feeling rejuvenated and smelling delicious from the miniature Aesop toiletries, we settle in the dimly lit dining room for dinner. Around us new parents, big groups of young tourists and generations of families chat animatedly around tables lit from above by filament bulbs. The atmosphere is relaxed but the waiting staff, in jeans and red aprons, are far more attentive than at breakfast.

The menu includes all the gastropub staples, including fish and chips, and burgers. Mr Smith is drawn by a Millers of Speyside dry-aged ribeye with mushroom sauce (out of a choice of oregano salsa, bearnaise and red wine jus), while I pick the pan-fried cod fillet on a bed of kale and Jerusalem artichokes, with broccoli and delicious hot beetroot to share. We order a bottle of reasonably priced French red from a generous drinks list that goes from drinkable and cheap, to the very other end of the spectrum, in a segment whimsically called ‘from the vaults’. The waiters are accommodating when we take our double bourbons out the front to accompany a cigarette at the end of the meal. I’m so relaxed as we sit, admiring the fairy lights glowing through the mist in this sweet little street, I have to remind myself I’m still at home. Staycations, what a revelation. Something tells me this won’t be my last.

 

The Guestbook

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We loved

The atmosphere, service, rooms, the pub, breakfast...

Don’t expect

An elevator: it's stairs only.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Sep 2017

We loved

The location – perfect for shopping and central for underground stations for anyone exploring London or sightseeing.

Don’t expect

Porter service or a lift. Probably not suitable for someone with poor mobility .

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jul 2017

We loved

The easy relaxed ambiance of the whole place. Our room (H) was lovely: very comfy bed, great shower. Food and service was very good and cocktails are excellent; try the seasonal GT!

Don’t expect

In your face service. Don't get me wrong the service was excellent but the ambiance is very relaxed and unrushed.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jun 2017

We loved

The room – the bed was large and comfortable and the toiletries were luxurious. The location was perfect – tucked away behind Oxford Street with loads of bars and restaurants in staggering distance.

Don’t expect

Friendly staff and drinks after hours! The staff were somewhat surly in the bar and there's a whopping 12.5% surcharge on all drinks in the bar.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Jun 2017

We loved

Small rooms, but the charm made up for the lack of space. They provided all the basics you could need from coffee and tea to free WiFi. The restaurant was amazing, very lively every night, quiet for breakfast. Both breakfast and dinner were excellent. The staff was so warm and accommodating – they even delivered our free cocktails (smith extra) to our room on our last night. We also loved the picturesque street where it's located.

Don’t expect

Air conditioning.

Rating

Stayed on 22 May 2017

We loved

The atmosphere, the bed, the huge shower.

Don’t expect

A cool nights sleep in Room 8. The room is up in the eaves and on a warm evening it was very stuffy and they provide a tiny little cheap plastic fan, which doesn't even oscillate to move the air around. So had a bit of a sleepless night as a result. Also, don't expect much bacon with your pancakes, two skinny rashers with two huge pancakes is not enough! In response I was told the pancakes are the stars; I think not.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Feb 2017

We loved

The deco, location and the pub downstairs. Hyde Park closeby, great shopping, have supper at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

Don’t expect

Quiet evenings or mornings, there is a business running in the building.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jan 2017

We loved

Breakfast - nice variety at good (for London) prices.

Don’t expect

Real hotel facilities.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Dec 2016

We loved

The bathroom with the double doors, and the separate roll-top bath and shower. Wander Marylebone High St and enjoy its cafe culture.

Don’t expect

...Not to get fit! Our room was on the 4th floor and there is no lift!

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Stayed on 20 Nov 2016

We loved

Food, atmosphere and the staff.

Don’t expect

...a good nights sleep, as extractor fans from kitchen are very noisy! 

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Stayed on 17 Nov 2016

We loved

The staff at the hotel, the bathroom and large bed. Bubbledogs restaurant is only a five-minute cab ride away.

Don’t expect

...a quiet entrance, as it is also a restaurant. A fridge in the room.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Oct 2016

We loved

The huge bed, gorgeous tub and fabulous Dyson bits and pieces! Plus it's a great location for walking everywhere or catching the tube. Venture to Flat Iron in Soho for outstanding steak and sides. Cool Britannia

Don’t expect

Easy access for your luggage - there's no lift and 5 flights of stairs for the superior rooms

Rating

Stayed on 6 Sep 2016

We loved

Location and atmosphere

Don’t expect

A lift

Rating

Stayed on 13 Aug 2016

We loved

The proximity of major attractions. Art fans will be able to walk to The Wallace Collection a remarkable treasure trove and important private collection

Don’t expect

Quiet seclusion

Rating

Stayed on 6 Aug 2016

We loved

The room, the pub and restaurant, cocktails, breakfast menu, Aesop products, the tea, the feel of the place was nice. Bottle shop across the road, convenience to tube and attractions

Don’t expect

Great service, it wasn't bad as such, just not particularly friendly, more smiles would be nice

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Stayed on 24 Jul 2016

We loved

The breakfast was lovely. Polite attentive staff

Don’t expect

Although there were lots of fans in the room it was still baking hot!!!!

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Stayed on 10 Jul 2016

We loved

The location. Pachamama Restaurant, which is within walking distance, is excellent.

Don’t expect

A 'hotel' experience or a lift.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jun 2016

We loved

Great position, great food in the restaurant, room nicely set up. Marylebone high st for breakfast and shopping. Run in Hyde park in the mornings

Don’t expect

Room was hot as it was at the top of the building, OK as it was cold outside. Might be an issue in summer!

Rating

Stayed on 13 May 2016

We loved

Our room! It was great, albeit quite a climb up the stairs. The positive side is that it is very quiet up there. A great area for dining out, but it would have been tempting just to stay in and try out the restaurant too. It looked good! We walked to the Wolsley which was a nice walk there and back, stopping for a brief bevvy at Claridges on our way.

Don’t expect

Hotel reception. Feels slightly weird to be arriving and trying to find the staff, but once you get your head round it, it's fine.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Apr 2016

We loved

Beautiful room. Delicious food: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great cocktails, wine and beer. Very friendly staff. Lively restaurant; intimate hotel.

Don’t expect

An elevator! But staff carry your bags up.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Feb 2016

We loved

The location – right in the heart of Oxford Street area but calm like a little village

Don’t expect

A reception desk! Checking in out is a bit haphazard, but that's all part of the charm.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Jan 2016

We loved

The cosy country-style rooms, the good location, the helpful staff and the Aesop toiletries. Also, the food (gastropub style) is recommendable.

Don’t expect

Very large rooms. They are normal London size.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Dec 2015

We loved

Fantastic location, great breakfast, very friendly staff and surprisingly quiet given where it is. For one night in town it was perfect! Visit Pollen Street Social - we went and loved it.

Don’t expect

A big room. Space is a premium anywhere in London, so the rooms are an ok size for the west end, but the bathrooms are pretty tiny. 

Rating

Stayed on 16 Nov 2015

We loved

The design and ambiance

Don’t expect

Lots of space

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Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

Atmosphere, decor, room, service from lovely smiling staff, good food, neighbourhood

Don’t expect

Totally quiet nights

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Stayed on 12 Nov 2015

We loved

Really friendly staff. Very relaxed atmosphere. Good sized rooms for central London.

Don’t expect

There's no reception so you have to track someone down, but they're so nice and helpful it's not a problem at all.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Nov 2015

We loved

Travelling for business, good to have your own front door and home from home comfort, and homely decor. The staff are all really friendly and the food in the pub is good!

Don’t expect

Complete peace and quiet. The rooms are above a busy pub so you probably won't get an early night's sleep.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Nov 2015

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