Our Top 3 Favourite Dining Venues For 2022
If you are planning your trips away this year, you may be thinking of somewhere special to take your significant other for a romantic meal. Or perhaps you have a family member that you would like to treat to a night to remember?
If you’ve been searching for a restaurant to eat at, but been overwhelmed by the choice on the market, worry not! It’s easy to feel lost when choosing between high-end restaurants, so here we’ve put together a list of three of the top restaurants that we would love to visit this year.
The Sophisticate: The Aubrey At the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park (Opens: Early 2022)
But you could be forgiven for thinking it has always been there; the styling of the restaurant itself is an East-West fusion, with distinct art deco influences from the West, paired with fresh sprigs of jungle plants and Japanese style soft furnishings.
The Japanese minimalistic influences in the decor help to balance the extravagance of the art deco style, resulting in a restaurant that feels as classic as the hotel that created it.
It is luxurious without feeling cluttered, and the layout is intimate but private, with the option of sitting with others at the bar, or more privately at a table if preferred. The bar and restaurant was designed by Adam Tihany, also known for the Four Seasons Dubai and The Beverly Hills Hotel.
The Aubrey’s menu is styled around the concept of an izakaya bar (which is a Japanese term meaning ‘stay-drink-place’). This is a bar that serves light dishes and snacks in accompaniment to a drink.
The menu is based on making the very best of British produce using the expertise and sensitivity of traditional Japanese cooking methods. The dishes are served alongside excitingly unusual cocktails which transport you to a different world of flavour.
Bar Boulud was well-known for its spectacular evening events, and The Aubrey is also sure to be a great place to host any occasion, with its eye-catching Japanese art and artisan-quality cuisine. The Aubrey also offers lunch and afternoon tea during the daytime.
For more information and for booking, go to www.mandarinoriental.com/london/hyde-park/fine-dining
The Great British Classic: Hambleton Hall
Hambleton Hall is a stunning 19th Century house and gardens that has been opened to the public as a hotel. The rooms have been furnished in a style that is sympathetic to the house and grounds’ historical background.
The restaurant was given a Michelin star in 1982 and it has kept its standards and its star rating ever since under their Chef Aaron Patterson.
Patterson has been at the restaurant since 1984 and has learned with Raymond Blanc and Anton Mosiman. Following the Michelin Star, Hambleton Hall has also been awarded four AA rosettes, and been recognised in The Good Food Guide and Hardens.
Patterson’s style is classical combinations using local, fresh produce from small suppliers to deliver the best quality meat, fish, and fruits and vegetables in the area. Many of the fruit and vegetables used in the kitchen are grown in the hotel’s own kitchen garden, the Fens.
For bookings, go to https://www.hambletonhall.com/book-a-table/
The Veggie Experience: Adesse
Selfridges’ new plant-based venture, Adesse, was created in conjunction with American chef Matthew Kenney, who has also opened restaurants in New York, Bahrain, and Sydney, and who is also due to feature his menus at the Four Seasons Kuwait. The menu will be created to celebrate the best of local and seasonal ingredients, featuring some of Kenney’s classic recipes.
Selfridges has been on a drive towards greener consumerism in recent years, with their Project Earth launching in 2020.
Project Earth put emphasis on promoting plant-based foods, reducing meat consumption, and on the occasions when meat is eaten, sourcing it sustainably and organically. As such, Selfridges has also committed to making the switch to 100% certified organic meat farming by 2025.
The food itself is vibrant, fresh, and imaginative, and each of the mouthwatering dishes is appealing to the veggie-curious, vegetarians, and vegans alike.
The menu is packed full of flavour from across the globe; from spicy udon noodles to avocado tikka, and each and every plant on the plate is handled with exquisite delicacy and care.
To the delight of many vegans (who are often neglected from dessert menus nationwide), there are also some mouthwatering desserts on offer, such as coconut and banana ‘cream pie’, and hibiscus cheesecake with strawberries and pistachio. Fresh, zingy, and full of tropical flavour!
To book your table, go to for more information.