London, United Kingdom

The Grazing Goat

Rates from (ex tax)$216.39

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 (GBP210.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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 $216.39 (£175), 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 (GBP210.00), 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

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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
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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Anonymous review

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.

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!

Rating

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

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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.

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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. 

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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

We loved

Great location, well furnished, homely décor, very comfortable, huge bed, lovely Aesop shower products

Don’t expect

peace and quiet - the rooms are above a pub but great location near Selfridges

Rating

Stayed on 20 Oct 2015

We loved

The room, the restaurant, the location: everything! Good value for central London and worth every penny for comfort and quality.

Don’t expect

This is very much rooms above a pub rather than a hotel. Perfect for us but doesn't have 5 hotel trimmings (spa/ gym/ concierge etc) if that's what you're looking for.

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Stayed on 23 Aug 2015

We loved

The location and room.

Don’t expect

A lift. But still worth the stay.

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Stayed on 12 Jun 2015

We loved

Very friendly helpful staff in a relaxed atmosphere. Great design bedrooms with the most comfortable beds and sparking cotton linen. Located in the hart of the westend very near to tube links, perfect for a weekend break in London. No need to look for dinner elsewhere as the food is delicious!

Don’t expect

A formal hotel welcome, but don't let that worry you!

Rating

Stayed on 21 Feb 2015

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