An Excellent Pre-theatre Menu in Kensington

A hotel steeped in regal history lies right beneath our noses in the Royal Borough of Kensington!

Much to my amazement, The Gore Hotel now offer a Pre-Theatre Dinner Menu at their 190 Queens Restaurant with 2 courses costing £30 or 3 courses priced at just £35 (every Tuesday-Saturday between 5.30-8pm). At such an inexpensive price, I can assure you that despite it being a set menu the quality remains outstanding and the service throughout your dining experience is excellent which is to be expected in such a prestigious establishment.

The hotel itself was founded in 1892 and was designed with luxury in mind to impress its highly regarded clientele. Spanning over 6 floors, with 50 rooms and suites, the rich historical décor still shines heavily through and the chandelier feature in the restaurant is one of my favourite attributes.

Another exciting fact is that 190 Queens Restaurant has just appointed a new Head Chef who is none other than Former National Chef of the Year and TV personality Frederick Forter. Frederick has accumulated many, many achievements throughout his gastronomic journey and trained as a Roux Scholar under the guidance of Pierre Gagnaire (just to name one of them!).

The pre-dinner menu features warm cured Salmon with organic egg salad and citrus crème fraiche and Heritage Tomatoes with courgette fritters and goat cheese dressing, both being the perfect way to kick start any meal.

Whilst sipping on some chilled rosé champagne (drinks are excluded), the mains arrived smelling good making me instantly ravenous! Not only is the food beautifully presented but each component has been seamlessly executed.  I’ve never seen a prettier gnocchi dish and my roasted rump of lamb with smoked aubergine, English peas and lamb sauce made me do a little dance with my first mouthful! The meat melted in my mouth and the smoked aubergine complimented the dish entirely.

Desserts were fabulous especially as the menu offers a cheese board which is always my go to! I have always been more of a savoury girl!

On site, there is also the 190 Queens Bar right across the hall from the restaurant. The bar continues the royal essence but similarly nods to some of their more contemporary, famous guests like the Rolling Stones who held their 1990 album party there.

Overall, I would dine again and again on this pre-theatre menu (even without a planned trip to the theatre!).

Review and Images by Zoe Laing @zozogrameats

Feature image courtesy of The Gore Hotel

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