Boisdale of Belgravia is situated in an elegant Regency town house, just north of Buckingham Palace Road and a short stroll from Victoria. Its bars, restaurants and private dining rooms are open on weekdays and Saturday evenings and offer a selection of menus to suit every budget.
Lunch at this Belgravia landmark is definitely not for wimps, as midday meals often carry right through to late afternoon & well into evening-drinks time, too. The comfy tartan-tinged surroundings certainly encourage lingering, as do the ‘good wine list & even better whisky list’. Live music & tasting events add to the buzz in the evening, while the food continues the Scottish theme.
The usual suspects are all lined up including plenty of salmon & Aberdeen Angus in various guises, as well as innovative modern dishes based on prime Scottish ingredients. Steamed Shetland razor clams in a light sauce of white wine, shallots & wild garlic may be followed by rack of lamb with caramelised veal sweetbread, confit of baby fennel & anchovy oil.
Portions are generous, so save space for pud if you have a sweet tooth. Otherwise, you can always round the night off with a wee dram.
Welcome to Boisdale of Belgravia and Bishopsgate, London’s renowned and lively restaurants, bars and private dining rooms with live jazz every night, and the Lamb at Hindon, the historic coaching inn with bedrooms, set in the rolling hills of Wiltshire.
The Boisdale Jazz & Cigar Club offers many benefits to its members which include bimonthly newsletter, free admission to live jazz, club wine and cigar lists, regular tastings, club luncheons, race days, golf days, shooting, the annual Havana jaunt and more.
Most facilities are available at any time for private functions and on Saturday afternoons and Sundays it is possible to take over the whole establishment for celebrations, luncheons, dinners, weddings and drinks parties. Everything from live music and flowers to speakers and entertainers can be arranged.
Whisky connoisseurs, cigar aficionados and lovers of all things meat, especially if it hails from Scotland and was at one point in its life called Angus, will beam from ear to ear when they first discover Boisdale, Belgravia. Those with a strong dislike of the suchlike (invariably people of a treehugging, tofu extolling persuasion) should cease reading now.
Positioned on Eccleston Road, a short hop from Buckingham Palace, Boisdale has been delivering an unusual fusion of Scottish and Cuban sumptuousness since 1988 – haggis and whisky partner one of the largest cigar selections in any bar or restaurant in London, if not the world. Those seeking stats can bask in the knowledge that there are over 170 single malts and 19 brands of Cuban cigars available in over 120 sizes and a variety of vintages. Those of us lacking a ‘black belt’ in whisky and Havana appreciation can avail ourselves of Boisdale’s insightful and approachable guide to these distractions.
The overall dining experience balances white linen formality with attentive, friendly and knowledgeable service. Towards the end of the evening you will fi nd your meal, or drinks at the bar, accompanied by the sound of live jazz – a reason in itself to pay this venue a visit. The loyalty of Boisdale patrons is testament to the high standard of the food: a predominately Scottish menu offers an extensive array of steak and game with many of the dishes changing daily, providing an excuse to visit time and time again.
BOISDALE OF BELGRAVIA
ADDRESS: 15 Eccleston Street SW1W 9LX
TELEPHONE: 020 7730 6922
OPENING HOURS: Mon–Fri: 12 Noon – 1 am
Saturday: 7 pm – 1 am / Sunday: Closed
DRESS CODE: Business Casual
TRANSPORT: Nearest Underground Stations: Victoria Tube or Sloane Square Tube
Nearest Railway Stations: Victoria Railway Station (4 minutes)
Charing Cross Railway Station (32 minutes)