July 16, 2016

Inn The Park

contemporary British café and restaurant

By In Reviews
There was I, a fab little Negroni in hand, looking across the park, feeling rather content and relaxed. My dining companion, fresh in from the States, commentated that if it wasn’t for the Union Jack flapping over Whitehall and a glimpse of the London Eye through the tress we could be out in the home counties. It certainly didn’t feel like being in the depths of London; apart perhaps for the constant flow of people enjoying the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Relaxing at the Inn The Park. No rush to be anywhere, no plans for the rest of the day… Bliss.

Nestled among the plants and ponds of St James’s Park, Inn the Park is an innovative cafe restaurant that blends seamlessly into its surroundings to offer a natural oasis right in the heart of London. Inn The Park

The St James’s Negroni, a mix of East London Gin, Sacred Vermouth and Amaro London (£8.50) set the mood; we dallied over which starters to order but eventually went for a mix of three to share (£16.50 for three which saves a couple of quid over ordering individually). Pictured Asparagus with poached egg and a chilli-hazelnut sauce, Cornish Crab and Avocado and Nashi Pear and a tantalising hillock of Squid. These were to a plate delicious. Freshly made too it appeared.

Unlike, sadly, our main courses. Both the Sunday Roast of the Day (beef in this instance) and my Burger with maple cured bacon and cheese (£15.50) seemed a little long in the tooth. The burger, substantial and flavoursome, was rather dry and a little sad with the melted cheese rather congealed. A little disappointing compared to the starters. Chips, nicely crisp, piled next to a slop of sauce. “Couldn’t they have put that in a nice little bowl? Would have improved the presentation” piped up my companion, diverting attention away from her roast.

“I don’t understand why you don’t like Yorkshire Puddings; best thing about a roast beef dinner!”, said I in a friendly bit of digging. She did at least try a couple of bites dragging them through the stiff gravy. If I recall correctly, I ate the remains of the Yorkshire. Wasn’t terribly crisp to be honest.

For a change we opted for beers rather than wine. Madam from across the pond ordered the easy drinking Saxon Triple Filtered on draught (£4.50 pint) but I opted for a couple of bottle beers – Siren Craft Brew Liquid Mistress (A 5.8% west coast red IPA) and a Hepworth Blonde Organic Lager. Love the fact the beers and the spirits at Inn The Park are all locally sourced. They pride themselves on having a broad list of London crafted drinks.

And to conclude a little Eton Mess (£6.50). Not too sweat, not too rich, just firm and enjoyable.

Photo Gallery: Inn The Park, St. James’, London

Inn the Park,
St James’s Park,
London, SW1A 2BJ

Set in the heart of St James’s Park and surrounded by natural wildlife and beautiful views, lakeside contemporary British café and restaurant Inn the Park is the central London oasis and destination for all-day dining. Opening in 2004 as a Royal Parks initiative, this year-round venture combines the creative talents of restaurateur Oliver Peyton, designer Tom Dixon. Overseen by Head Chef Tom Catley, Inn the Park serves seasonal dishes, made from the highest quality British produce. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, cream tea or dinner,
Inn the Park offers a range of ever-changing menus, prepared from scratch on-site.

Disclosure: I was a guest of Inn The Park but received no further remuneration for this post; all thoughts and words, expect quotes, are my own.

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