Marylebone is one of the most popular areas for Londoners looking for something special to eat or drink. A fashionable hot spot amongst residents for many years, Marylebone has a reputation for being trendy and exclusive, but being a little more affordable than its Southern neighbour, Mayfair.
Marylebone is highly regarded for its shopping, bars and restaurants but it is the latter that we will delve into in this article.
The Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone has long had a reputation for being one of the most in-demand restaurants in London. Although it is still tricky to book at this delightful contemporary European/American restaurant and hotel, it is gradually becoming more accessible.
Set behind its iconic black gates in an 1889 Grade II-listed Victorian-gothic fire brigade building the Chiltern Firehouse is perhaps the most premium restaurant on this list. However, it is well worth the price to experience the work of Head Chef Richard Foster and Executive Chef Nuno Mendes. The menu offers very little for vegans and vegetarians, but plenty for lovers of seafood and contemporary cuisine.
On the other end of the spectrum to the Chiltern Firehouse is the understated, and vegetarian-orientated, Marylebone branch of The Gate. Just a short 5-minute walk from Marble Arch, The Gate is a rare haven for vegetarians in the area. Not only does it have an excellent reputation for vegetarian and vegan cuisine but it is also very modestly priced.
If you are looking for a vegetarian dining experience, consider the monthly Secret Vegan Supper Club where a 5-course meal with matching vegan wines costs under £50 per head. The Gate has recently collaborated with chef Ken Hom for a special dinner menu that was limited to January and February 2020 and was very well received.
The high ceilings, ambience and elegance of Delamina in Marylebone are just as much of a feature as its Middle-Eastern, Israeli and Mediterranean cuisine. The husband and wife team of Limor and Amir Chen have designed a menu that takes inspiration from Limor’s time in Tel Aviv and has a strong bias towards healthy eating and food that is full of flavour. Part of the experience of dining at Delamina is the close proximity of other diners, which echoes Limor Chen’s vision of wholesome, home-cooked family meals in an informal setting. Although the drinks menu is limited, it offers choices that could be difficult to find elsewhere such as beers from Israel, Palestine and Lebanon.
There is no denying the rise in popularity of Japanese culture in London in the last 20 years, so you are never far away from a Japanese or Sushi restaurant when in town. However, there are few that are as illustrious or in-demand as Dinings in Marylebone. Other than its reputation, the only threat to you securing a table in the restaurant is its compact size.
In fact, one review of Dinings on Squaremeal.co.uk called the restaurant “postage stamp-sized”. According to the Dinings website, since opening 10 years ago the restaurant has developed a new style of Izakaya cuisine that blends traditional Japanese tapas with modern European cooking methods. Advance booking is strongly advised, especially if you would like a table in the cosy main restaurant in the basement. Although, there is also a street-level sushi counter that is much lighter and more informal.
Widely known for its iconic eight storey glass atrium, indoor palm trees and unmatched elegance, the Winter Garden restaurant at the Landmark Hotel on Marylebone Road offers a modern European menu in a setting that begs to be experienced. Whether you visit for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner you can’t help but be awe-struck by the surroundings and the food that is served.
Perhaps the most idyllic time for dining in the Winter Gardens is in the summer when you can enjoy an afternoon tea whilst natural light fills the courtyard through the large glass roof and a pianist provides a delicate soundtrack. At around £40 per head the afternoon tea menu is in the high-price bracket for the city, however you would be hard-pressed to find a more perfect setting.
After a complete overhaul in early 2018, the Michel Roux Jr-led Roux at the Landau Restaurant now mainly comprises a central counter that serves sophisticated French cuisine in a more informal setting than before the renovation work took place. Michel Roux Jr has a reputation, not only for his fine food but also for his love of wine so you can expect a very extensive wine list.
Despite having the Roux name, it is Nicolas Pasquier that is the day-to-day head chef and between the two of them have created a menu of exquisite French classics that are simple yet refined.
Despite not being a restaurant, the Monocle Cafe gets a special mention in this list if only because of the quality of coffee and its ethos. This small coffee shop is owned by its namesake magazine and is almost a physical representation of the publication; it is inquisitive, informal and inspires conversation (certainly when you realise that there are no wi-fi networks available - something very rare for a cafe in London). The food menu, although limited, is well formed and is ideal for a light bite when you are pressed for time.
There are many fantastic restaurants in Marylebone that cater for every taste; from traditional afternoon tea and delicate French cuisine to modern Japanese sashimi and sushi. There are also many gourmet burger restaurants, pizzerias and gastro pubs across Marylebone that also deserve a visit if you are not looking for the full fine-dining experience. Its reputation for exquisite eateries is one of the many reasons people live in this area of London. If you are considering moving to Marylebone, and looking for a Marylebone removals services get in touch for a quick quote from the specialist removals team.