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1837 at Brown's

NB Update 2004: Chef Andrew Turner has moved to The Bentley, 27 Harrington Gardens, London SW7

Brown's Hotel

Everyone knows Brown's Hotel, just off Piccadilly in Albemarle Street, opposite The Ritz. More English, certainly more discreet than The Ritz, isn't Brown's the place to go and re-enact the traditional ceremonies of the English afternoon tea? These are the accepted clichés at any rate. Where full blown dining is concerned, confusion may set in on account of the small chain of restaurants called Browns, which started in Oxford and has a reputation for old fashioned English food. Hence presumably, the decision of Brown's Hotel to rename its restaurant 1837, that annus mirabilis in which Queen Victoria came to the throne. 

No less portentous for gastronomes, it was also the year in which London's first public restaurant opened in Mayfair, at Mr Brown's eponymous hotel. The restaurant 1837 was recently refurbished retaining its reassuringly Edwardian wood panelling and carved pillars. The ceiling is quietly decorated with Jacobean style plasterwork. Together with the heavy drapes, the effect is that of a comfortable country house dining room rather than a glitzy metropolitan restaurant.

We've been a fan of restaurant 1837, ever since it reopened a few  years ago. Back then, the food was pretty good, but it was sommelier John Gilchrist's amazing selection of wines by the glass that really put the place on the map. A couple of years later Chef Andrew Turner came from the Berkeley Hotel when Pierre Koffman's La Tante Claire  moved there from Royal Hospital Road. It was not such a good move for  Koffman perhaps ( he lost his third Michelin star), but for Turner, the opportunity to develop his own restaurant and his own style at 1837 has been a stunning success.  

In the meantime, Gilchrist has left, together with his chef-partner Emma Sexton, to transform the attractive and historic Inn, The Crooked Billet in Milton Keynes.

Now in 2004, Turner has left to open another new restaurant, this time at the exclusive Bentley Hotel in Harrington Gardens in South Kensington. 

Click here to see our August 2004 review of 1880 at The Bentley

Restaurant 1837 - was Dine Online's Most Highly Recommended, October 2001

Clifford Mould, Editor October 2001

Open: Lunch Monday-Friday 12.30pm - 2.00pm
Dinner Monday - Saturday 7.00pm - 10.00pm

1837 at Brown's Hotel
Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1
Tel: 0207 408 1837

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