Tucked away at the far end of Lancashire Court, just a few steps away from New Bond Street in Mayfair, you might not even know Mews of Mayfair exists. As you walk down into Lancashire Court from Brook Street, you will notice a small, beautifully illuminated walkway which you follow along to the entrance to the restaurant.
Mews of Mayfair is situated on the first floor of the historic courtyard, in an intimate, comfortable relaxed dining room, which has been very recently refurbished, and with a newly appointed Head Chef, Richard Sawyer, to focus specifically on serving British food. The dining room is beautifully decorated and feels a special place to eat, but without being overly stuffy or formal, as you can find in other restaurants in the area. Over the years, Mews of Mayfair has been a very popular place for dinners and parties, having hosted events for Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys and Joanna Lumley over the years.
We arrived at 7pm for a week night dinner, and were surprised by how busy it was – not heaving but very steady – and it’s clearly a favourite with locals who work in the area. We were very warmly greeted by Gregory, the Assistant Manager, who looked after us for the evening. My guest chose a cocktail while we looked through the menu, whilst I stuck to water. Gregory checked if here was anything we didn’t like or cannot eat, and then advised us of his recommendations accordingly.
The menu offers a good range of familiar British classics, with a strong focus on the provenance of the ingredients, listing some of their suppliers on the back of the menu. British meat and fish dishes form the vast majority of the menu, with a choice of 8 starters and 11 mains, and just one of each being vegetarian. We decided to with Gregory’s suggestions when it came to ordering, so we tried the Hand Dived Rye Scallops (£12.50) and Devon Crab Mayonnaise (£11) to start. Both dishes were delicately prepared and elegantly presented on British stoneware plates. The portion sizes were very generous, and the crab and scallops were perfectly fresh and very tasty.
For our main course, we had the Rump of Herdwick Lamb, which was cooked perfectly, as per our request, and served on roasted root vegetables (£24) with mashed potato (£3.50) and a fillet steak (£24), sourced from the Lake District Farmers, and dry aged for a minimum of 35 days, served with Hand cut chips, at £4.50. The lamb was delicious, pink and juicy, and the vegetables were particularly good. The steak was very nice, cooked perfectly again, and served with cherry tomatoes and flat mushrooms. The portions were very generous, but we felt the steak might have been a little more flavoursome taking its quality provenance into account.
To finish, we shared some English stilton and a Bannoffee pie. The banoffee pie was served on a small cake plate, which looked very pretty and was very nice – cool and sweet with a very fine base and lovely fresh banana slices on top. The cheese was very good, although the chefs were not able to tell me which Stilton it was, which I would have liked to know.
Every course was served with matching wines, which were very good inded. The house white was a delicious Chenin Blanc and in another league from most house wines.
Mews of Mayfair is strongly recommended for lunch or dinner if you’re in the area.