Taking Bookatable’s offer to enjoy three courses at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
One morning a dear friend of mine pinged across Booktable’s latest Star Deal to visit Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar.
With recommendations flying at me from many directions, something about this offer compelled me to book it, immediately.
Getting to Gillray’s SteakHouse & Bar
With the hustle and bustle of Easter weekend, we had to wind through crowds on London’s, South Bank to reach our destination.
After a couple of minutes of searching for an entrance, we wandered up an inauspicious set of stone steps tucked behind riverside attractions, such as: SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Shrek’s Adverture, and Namco Funscape.
As we climbed higher and higher, we suddenly found ourselves reprieved of touristic London, and instead, standing in the beautifully grand and peaceful courtyard garden of the London Marriott Hotel County Hall.
The County Hall also happens to be one of my favourite buildings in London.
Exploring Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
Upon entering Gillray’s from the courtyard, you’re welcomed into a casual, yet elegant lounge, filled with a pleasant farrago of grand and soft, convivial seating. I was already making a mental-note to return here after dining.
We marched across the lounge, announced our arrival, and we were immediately led into a curved, wood-panelled dining room.
Our hostess seated us in an ideal location; right by the grand bay-window. This gave us a clear view of the Thames river and London Eye, making for the perfect dining backdrop.
“Winner of 2 AA Rosettes, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall showcases classic English dishes and mouth-watering 35-day aged steaks from O’Sheas Butchers. Cutting-edge cocktails (featuring a stock of over 120 different gins) offer the latest in mixology trends, while bespoke furniture turns the South Bank restaurant into a contemporary haven.”
The Three-Course Menu at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
I enjoyed every mouthful of my three courses, but the personal highlight of this menu was the beetroot & goat’s cheese starter.
The dish looked so pretty and dainty, yet the brûléed goat’s cheese was sweet, hearty, and creamy. I also loved the addition of the nori-tasting tuile.
I could have eaten that dish again and again.
I went on to enjoy the pan-seared coley fillet in a shellfish broth, followed by a very artistic bitter chocolate and mandarin dome for dessert.
Extending Our Time at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
When it came time to finish our meal, we weren’t ready to leave the pleasant atmosphere we were enjoying so much. We decided to return to the inviting lounge and indulged in a few more champagnes at the marble bar.
This after-dinner extension rounded off a very memorable evening as both the dining and bar staff were friendly, helpful, entertaining, and attentive.
Would I Return to Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar?
The big question is – would I return?
Despite the mounting pile of wish-list, must-visits I absolutely plan to return to Gillray’s to replicate another evening of casual lounging, and sumptuous dining.
See For Yourself
I’m feeling excited to try more Bookatable gems, like Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar.
Sampling their menu over three courses, for under £30 is an evening well-spent.