Review: Langtry’s British Restaurant in Knightsbridge
Published 1 November 2010
I’m a sucker for TopTable deals, and so when I was looking for a restaurant near Harrods and Knightsbridge for dinner one evening out, I came across Langtry’s, who were offering 50% off the a la carte menu.
I was a bit wary from the start as I couldn’t really find many reviews about the place, but the few that I did mentioned that the place was pretty good, although the atmosphere was sorely lacking. And they were spot on with that observation, as Langtry’s was one of the quietest and emptiest restaurants I have ever been to in London. Having said that though, it could have been because it was pouring down with rain that Monday evening, and the tube strikes were about to start, which could have scared away all the regular punters. But when we walked in at about half seven, there was only one other couple in the corner, and we were duly shown a table for two at the other corner of the room.
The restaurant itself is located in an old Victorian mansion block, and the dining room had some amazing ceiling skirtings, quality wooden floors, and a fireplace too. A very traditional setting, and one that I quite like – not as glitzy as The Ritz’s tearoom, but still elegant and stylish.
Service was prompt (no surprise as there was only the two tables), but the waitress was extremely professional and kept making sure we received the best possible service. Our drinks arrived quickly, and so did the breadrolls, which we found to be one of the best in London and, we suspect, handmade, given that they were still warm. No wonder some of the reviews had good things to say about the afternoon tea at Langtry’s! We will be trying that out the next time we have a chance to.
My partner’s starter, pressed foie gras, Norfolk ham hock & chicken, beetroot compote was absolutely fabulous, although be warned that it is served cold. My confit goose with warm raspberries & brioche crumbs was imaginatively served in a glass jar, with generous portions of confit duck, which went quite well with the raspberries. We were both smacking our lips in expectation of the main course after the starters!
My main course of rump of welsh lamb, wilted lettuce, pea puree and mint foam was a rather standard and unadventurous combination, but the lamb was just perfectly cooked and extremely tender. I had read somewhere that it could have been Romney salt marsh lamb, and to be fair it did taste the part. My partner’s roast Devonshire scallops, crisp pork belly, apple & hazelnut salad was arranged beautifully, but she did lament that there were only two small cubes of pork belly and three scallops!
We skipped dessert as we were eyeing the clock to beat the tube strike and also because the dessert menu didn’t look too adventurous or exciting either. In fact, the entire menu is rather short and I suspect that even after two visits, one would be hard-pressed to not feel bored with the food. But still, after 50% discount, food for two came up to just under £20 per person, which wasn’t bad for the dining experience, service, and the quality of the food. The bonus was that the bread rolls, which kept coming back and being offered, were actually free, whereas many restaurants would have taken that opportunity to make an extra few quid.
We just wished there was more atmosphere to the place!
Cuisine: Very traditional British
Price: £20 per head for a two course meal (after 50% TopTable discount)
Address: 21 Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9SG
Booking/enquiry tel: 020 7201 6619