Ask for one by the large, industrial-style windows in The Corner Room. For a private party you can arrange a table in the hotel's unique, art deco Council Chamber.
Smart and snappy second-hand chic.
The Corner Room bistro serves brasserie-style food in a cool, casual setting that’s sees a little old-world grandeur spliced with just the right amount of industrial design. The handsome timber floor, wooden furniture and an original marble fireplace come up against factory-style windows – which flood the room with light – and an impressive collection of oversized lights that dangle down from the ceiling. Chef Craig Johnson likes to keep things seasonal, and his love of approachable French cooking is shared by many discerning locals, who often drop by for his two- or three-course lunch menus. Lee Westcott's Typing Room restaurant is a sophisticated space with dark-green walls and parquet flooring, where a menu of seasonal British cuisine is served. The tasting menu includes five snacks, starters and mains, with innovative dishes such as mackerel, passion fruit, burnt cucumber and dill; pigeon smoked in pine, salt-baked celeriac, lovage and hazelnut; and green tea, yoghurt and sesame. You’ll have to be quick if you want to sample Lee's dishes, as he's set to move on to other projects at the end of June 2018, when the Typing Room will close.
The moodily-lit bar is best known for its outside-the-box cocktails, which play fast and loose with exotic flavours and ingredients, some of which you'd never expect to find in a drink. It's open as usual, but there's a new drinks concept in the works, set to be revealed sometime in April 2018.
In The Corner Room, breakfast is served between 7am and 10am; lunch is 12pm–2pm; dinner 7pm until 11pm. The Typing Room only opens for lunch (12pm-2.30pm) on Fridays and Saturdays, and dinner (6pm to 10pm) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Hot and cold snacks are available 24 hours a day. Order a three-course feast from the Corner Room during opening hours, or munch on a late-night honey-roast ham and gruyère sandwich.