Overlooking the manicured private gardens of Portman Square, The Montagu Kitchen is a restaurant inspired by the year-round National Trust gardens at Chartwell House in Kent, Sir Winston Churchill’s former private residence.
The menu is full of seasonal options using local suppliers and fresh British produce which aims to reconnect you with nature through dishes that bring a little bit of the gardens at Chartwell to the city.
My guest and I arrived on a cold evening, and gladly took our seats by the window overlooking the kitchen on one side and the dining room out in front. I do enjoy open-kitchens with good visibility from the dining room, as the talented chefs set about doing their thing.
Being so close to Oxford Street makes it an ideal location to dip away from the madness of shopping and take time to dine. Alas, we started on cocktails, taking a recommendation to try a Clementine themed cocktail and one of the bar’s signature options with JW Black Label, Drambuie, Green Chatreuse and clementine. Delicious and refreshing.
The smells coming from the kitchen made me anxious to receive our starters. I had the Gressingham smoked duck, which with its garnishes was full of flavour and a powerful smoky aroma announcing its presence.
For main course, I had a generous 21 day aged beef tenderloin, cooked to perfection. I also heard about their bottomless Sunday Garden Brunch where there are four roasts to choose from as well as an oyster and prawn bar and much more. If you are in the mood, there is also a bottomless champagne option.
For more Churchill fun, pop next door and try The Shades of Winston Churchill, The Churchill Bar and Terrace’s autumn and winter cocktail menu which explores Churchill though various facets of his life. Ten new cocktails have been created by Head Bartender Giacomo Guarnera and his team also have savoury and sweet food pairings with a classic dish using ingredients and infusions from the cocktails. Discover the lesser known shades of through a cocktail journey celebrating the great man’s passions, achievements, ancestry and joie de vivre.
Every Wednesday, there is a bottomless beef wellington night, a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. Unlimited beef wellington with truffle mash, honey-glazed root vegetables & grilled broccoli, plus a carafe of red or white wine.
Walking around, you’ll see the Churchill theme come to life through artwork. I’m sure he’d approve, especially given the exceptionally high quality of British products being served at The Montagu Kitchen.
To discover more and book, visit: themontagurestaurant.co.uk
By Shaun Smyth
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