The Wolseley was on my to-dine-at list when I lived in London but I unfortunately never got there. However when back holidaying in London recently, I was determined not to miss out this time. Nestled between The Ritz and Fortnum and Mason, this grand restaurant has been serving patrons since 2003. (It was built in 1921 it has been home to the Wolseley Motors Showroom and Barclay Bank.) We were lucky enough to reserve a table for their well-known Sunday breakfast so we took along our aunt and uncle we’d been staying with in London who’d also never been before.
Stepping inside this art deco inspired building we were immediately greeted and shown to our table. Our son was given some colouring in sheets and pencils to keep him occupied then our coffee order was quickly taken. Whilst we viewed the menu we finally had a chance to take in the ambience of the room. I really loved the European-influenced style with all the arches, dark wood furniture, grand staircases and patterned flooring. Cosy booth seating allows for privacy amongst diners coupled with a few tables upstairs at the rear and also in the two front rooms by the entrance.
I ordered the Large Eggs Benedict £14 and my aunt ordered the Small Eggs Benedict £7.25 which was half the serve. The thick sliced ham was good quality (as you’d expect) and the eggs were perfectly poached. The hollandaise sauce was well made, thick and creamy with just the right portion being served over the eggs.
Hubby ordered the Pancakes with Berries £9.75 stacked high over strawberry syrup with lashings of thick fruit compote between each one. Cream was dolloped over the top with more berries and a dust of icing sugar. Hubby acknowledged he’d made a great choice and his sweet tooth was more than satisfied.
Our uncle liked some of the things from ‘The English’ menu item but not all of it but staff were more than happy to accommodate his request for Fried Eggs with Sausages, Mushrooms and Tomato £15. The eggs were fried well, not at all greasy and the fat sausages were tasty. The large mushrooms held their shape, although soft when sliced and the roasted tomatoes were flavoursome.
Our son gobbled away at his Poached Eggs £4.75 and Toast with Strawberry Jam £3.50. His poached eggs were also perfectly cooked and he enjoyed dipping his toast soldiers into the oozing yolk then scooping up the remaining egg with his spoon. Of course he saved some toast to be spread with strawberry jam which is his favourite meal at the moment – requested for breakfast, lunch and dinner at home!
We also ordered the Viennoiserie Basket £7.75 to share some of their delicious baked goods. I especially liked the Cannele, which was quartered, as my family surprisingly had not tried one before.
We also ordered several Coffees £3.75 each and a Pot of Tea £3.95 during our breakfast.
The Wolseley even has its own gift shop where you can purchase items from beautiful antique silver tea and coffee pots, to the book by acclaimed restaurant critic A. A. Gill, ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley’. I highly recommend a visit but ensure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
London W1J 9EB
020 7499 6996