Well we steamed into 2014 with all guns blazing and our restaurant acquisitions department have literally been on fire with eight new fabulous restaurant inclusions that club members can receive benefits in when using their Design Restaurants Card.
1. The Lake Restaurant at St Michael’s Manor Hotel, Hertfordshire
The elegant orangery-style Lake Restaurant sits at the heart of the St Michael’s Manor Hotel, close to the city centre of St Albans. Flooded with natural daylight and with stunning views by day and crystal chandeliers and candle light by night, the Lake Restaurants is a sophisticated modern dining room, perfect for family occasions of an intimate meal for two.
Club Offer: Members enjoy a 10% discount off the total bill when dining from the A la Carte menu for Lunch Monday to Saturday and Dinner Sunday to Thursday.
2. Buddha Bar Restaurant, Knightsbridge, London
The love child of the acclaimed Paris nightspot and London’s edgy vibe, Buddha-Bar offers smoky Eastern promise combined with a touch of English eccentricity. It floats into Knightsbridge on a warmly scented Eastern breeze, offering a sumptuous menu of Pan-Asian food set against a dreamily intimate chill-out atmosphere. Warm Oriental motifs are leavened by occasional nods to right-on Western culture, while the best of chill-out and lounge is sent forth by the live DJ. High-life vibes, pulsing world of music and hot Asian cuisine are what you’ll find at this cool London venue.
Club Offer: Members receive a 15% reduction from the food bill when enjoying 3 courses from the a la Carte menu for lunch and dinner all week.
3. Rock Salt – Folkestone, Kent
This is a sleek, dark timber and glass wonder cantilevered over Folkstone’s grand old harbour. Contrasting beautifully as worlds away from the traditional shops next door, this is a structure with floor to ceiling glass walls that give every table a view of the harbour, and on a clear day, France. The main section of Rocksalt has lime washed oak flooring and dark timber tables, giving it a luxurious but simple feel. The room is surrounded by green leather banquettes, which provide the perfect vantage from which to see the tide roll in and the fishing boats land the day’s catch.
4. Duke’s Grill at Slaley Hall, Northumberland
Magnificent, impressive, elegant, dramatic – there are all excellent words to describe both the interior and exterior of Slaley Hall. You’ll need little convincing about its stature when you see it. This is a huge Northumberland estate in 1,000 acres with its heart an Edwardian mansion now hotel, restaurant and spa which has the character of the old world but also well appointed glorious new. Adventure to The Duke’s Grill, which is sumptuous refined Brasserie with the perfect accompaniment of having a Josper Grill to cook dishes uniquely and to perfection. Richly decorated with chairs you never want to leave this is a perfect destination for practically any type of dining occasion.
Club Offer: Member exclusively dines complimentary when dining with one or more guests for afternoon tea Sunday to Thursday and Dinner Sunday to Friday.
5. Cheyne Walk Brasserie, Chelsea, London
Cheyne Walk Brasserie is a chic much loved Chelsea restaurant specializing in simple, creative ideas and a passion for food and drink. Glorious luxury alongside the River it is a frothy, fun and flirtatious, venue perfectly designed to make your event memorable. On the ground floor, the Brasserie is furnished with sky blue banquettes with rich red leather carvers for dining in comfort while twinkling chandeliers cast a warm and gentle glow over the diners. The bar area is a popular gathering place and can also be used for semi-private dining.
Club Offer: Members receive a 30% reduction from the A la Carte menu for lunch Tuesday to Friday.
6. Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar, The London Marriott Hotel
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar is the most English of English dining destinations, from the interior design to each cut of beef. Set in the County Hall, built 100 years ago to house London’s government, with views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, few can claim a more inherently English location or vista. Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar is all about indulging in great English produce. Every inch of the menu reflects this, displaying English food at its best. The design is sophisticated but unpretentious, playing on the eccentric but charming details of classic lighting and furniture pieces, such as Chesterfield sofas and crystal chandeliers, all bespoke designs from Blacksheep.
Club Offer: Members enjoy 20% off from the total food bill when dining for the A la Carte menu for; Breakfast and Dinner Sunday to Friday, Lunch and Afternoon Tea Monday to Friday
And coming next week:
Osteria dell’Arancio, Kings Road, London
Seasons on the Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London
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