11 December 2013

Restaurant Review | Breakfast at The Wolseley

Previously a car showroom and a bank, The Wolseley was transformed into one of the best restaurants in London in 2003 and has won numerous awards and plaudits during the ten years its been open, including twice being honoured with the title of Best Breakfast by The Observer.

Situated on Piccadilly and next door to The Ritz, The Wolseley combines stunning architecture with beautiful decoration, incorporating many of the features from its days as a bank. Everything about The Wolseley says grandeur, from the high painted ceilings to the monogrammed plates, the excellent and attentive waiting service and the sublime food any visit feels like a real treat.

I popped in for breakfast a few weeks ago with my friends David and Steve en-route to the rugby at Twickenham. We had initially planned a trip to The Breakfast Club in Soho but the queues were unreal so we took a trip to The Wolseley on the off chance we would get a table. Not only is it a hugely popular restaurant but it's right in the heart of London so spaces are incredibly limited unless you've booked in advance. We were fortunate enough to secure a table for two hours as soon as we arrived, shortly after that every table was full and people were being ushered in to the bar to wait for an available space.

Despite the Eggs Benedict being one of the best known and loved dishes on the menu, we all opted for The English breakfast. £16.50 of pure food joy.

With a choice of eggs with sausage, bacon, beans, tomato, mushroom and black pudding I opted for a side of toast and a pot of English Breakfast Tea and it was delightful. It is pricey for a full English, even by Central London standards but the food is wonderful. Fresh and cooked to perfection, it's almost impossible to find fault with it. 

There's a strict no flash or intrusive photography policy at The Wolseley so unfortunately I was unable to capture what a truly wonderful place it is.

Breakfast at The Wolseley really is something to experience if you're in London and looking for excellent quality food at a wonderful venue then look no further. I can fully recommend the pastry basket as well as the french toast, pancakes and boiled eggs with soldiers. 

The service is faultless, the waiting staff are incredibly attentive without being intrusive, you literally wait and want for nothing. There's a 12.5% service charge on each bill and it's completely warranted in my opinion.

Have you ever been to The Wolseley? Where are your favourite places for breakfast? 

Vicky x



  1. You have just made me extremely hungry hehe

    Hayley - teapartybeauty.com

    1. Reading it back I've made myself hungry! x

  2. I'm not a fan of a full English breakfast but reading your post and seeing the photo of it has made me really hungry! Can't go wrong with French toast - especially with fruit and honey. Catch is nice for breakfast xx


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