History and background:
Prestige and reputation sure does get repeatedly mentioned in my posts, but this one is a little different. It’s very hard to find a restaurant like the Criterion, a restaurant so quintessentially English and enriched with so much history there’s even a Wikipedia page for it.
Breath-taking interior design by architect Thomas Verity in a Grade II* listed building at the heart of Central London makes the Criterion certainly one to visit. I held my mother’s birthday here last year and most recently re-visited the Criterion for Louise’s 21st, and also, for the new breakfast menu.
You almost feel as if you’re part of history as you walk in, when you know the Criterion has been mentioned in Sherlock Holmes’ book on Dr. Watson’s meeting with a friend, to being in the same place where Winston Churchill once visited. Events often take place here, weddings and celebrations alike, but also regularly featured in TV, such as Downtown Abbey, Batman: The Dark Knight and Gambit.
Ongoing deals at the Criterion
- 50% off breakfast menu until 30th June 2015
- Afternoon Tea and Cocktail £19.95
- 2 courses and a Pimm’s cocktail £20.00/ 3 courses for £25.00
(Full prices are listed below)
My first instinct was, “It’s Duck and Waffle!”, being a frequent diner of Duck and Waffle, I’m not sure I’ve tried a different take on this particular combination until at the Criterion. They do not use a duck egg, more mustard is used than wholly maple syrup, but mustard is subtle and so does not overpower the sweetness of the sauce. Duck confit was tender and soft, a very very good alternative if you can’t book the 40th floor establishment.
Below was Amy’s choice of breakfast was the Berries and Walnuts Criterion Pancakes, really fruity and fresh, pancakes really fluffy!
Dinner in the semi-private terrace area, tables arranged in a long vertical line for a group of 20.
I had the pasta, the vegetarian option, since the other two mains were wildly popular on the table.
Service: Very accommodating, friendly, knowledgable and not intrusive. 12.5% service charge.
Bits and bobs:
- Make this your pre-theatre meal with Criterion Theatre just next door! (39 steps is one of my favourite plays)
- Can easily accommodate birthday meals, or large parties, as far as I remember, no cake fee
- Tube station at your doorstep
- Afternoon tea also recommended
- Live music during the evening on Fridays and Saturdays from 7.30pm