Walk inside Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern at the London Edition hotel and you could be rendered speechless. I know I was when I stopped in for lunch a few weeks ago and had a difficult time peeling my eyes away from its art laden walls. Dangling from the ceilings are the equally impressive Beaux Arts oval shaped chandeliers, exact replicas of the ones that have been hanging in New York’s Grand Central Terminal for over a hundred years. It’s really no wonder that the restaurant has repeatedly won the category for best interior in 2014. I would have been happy enough just standing there in the middle of the room to stare at my surroundings as if in a museum if my friends weren’t there to gently nudge me to our table. We’re there to eat after all.
Berners Tavern had been on my list of restaurants to visit for a while so when the invitation came in to try out their newly launched light lunch menu I leapt at the chance. Food envy set in pretty quickly when our starters arrived and Miles’ beetroot cured salmon outshined my beef tartare in both color and taste. I puckered a bit too much from the heavy handed capers in the tartare which overwhelmed the rest of the dish. My main course of Jerusalem artichokes risotto with mushrooms, however, was expertly balanced and so comforting to my palate that I half expected a glass of port and a blazing fireplace to magically appear and carry me through into the evening.
A beautiful mess was made of our baked Alaska, flamed table side and dressed in greens (pistachios), browns (cocoa nibs) and reds (raspberry crumble). This dessert is made to be shared but no one can blame you for wanting it all to yourself.
To walk off lunch we went on a quick tour of the hotel where I had to make a mental note to stop by the bar for cocktails because it was really too pretty not to. And then of course there’s the bed that’s just asking to be jumped on…
10 Berners Street
London W1T 3NP
Note: I was a guest of Berners Tavern, all views are my own.