Butlers Restaurant (The Chesterfield in Mayfair)

One Friday evening, I caught up with some old work colleagues for a gossip session at Butlers Restaurant in The Chesterfield in Mayfair. One of my friends had previously surprised his girlfriend (at the time) to an overnight stay in The Chesterfield and he said the rooms were lovely.

I was the first to arrive so I waited for my friends to arrive in the hotel bar. It seems that it is a popular place for a pre-dinner/event drink as the bar was packed with people all dressed up in black-tie. So I,  feeling a little under dressed in my jeans, waited in a corner!

Once my friends arrived and after having a cheeky drink in the bar, we went through to Butlers Restaurant for dinner. The staff were clued up on what dishes were gluten-free (or which dishes could be modified to be gluten-free) and they also had gluten-free bread on offer which they toasted for me. Also, I was told, on the menu are dishes prepared with one of the owner of the hotel’s own recipes and those dishes are highlighted with her name such as ‘Bea Tollman’s Caeser salad’ which I though was a nice touch.

To start of with, we were treated to an amuse bouche of Jersey royal potato soup and Jersey royal potato side.

For an entree I had the Orkney king scallops with Morel mushrooms, slow cooked pork belly and broad beans which also came with a truffle sauce and was really very good!

One of my friends ordered the duo of Scottish and Irish smoked salmon which was carved at our table (silver service style) and served with traditional accompaniments.

For mains, I ordered the roasted Cornish halibut with Dauphinoise potatoes, broad beans, smoked bacon and langoustines which again was just delicious!

For my favourite part of the meal (dessert!), I had the only gluten-free dessert which was the chocolate peanut butter mousse banana, nibbed peanuts and chocolate sauce. I love Reeces pieces (an American candy/chocolate treat) and the dessert reminded me of them – yum!

One of my friend’s ordered the crêpes Suzette which is cooked and flambéed at your table (silver service style) and although it wasn’t gluten-free, here is a picture as it was very impressively prepared!

It was a delightful evening and both the food and company was great! I was told that the hotel is in the process of working on a gluten-free afternoon tea so I look forward to returning to try that once it is available.

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