The Goring is a 5* luxury British hotel situated in London’s Belgravia district, more commonly known as the spot where Kate Middleton spent the night before her big day!
However, until recently I had never looked into what this hotel had to offer because I have had a bucket list of other restaurants and bars to try out. But, throughout the year I make a mental note (actually, I make a list on my iPhone notes) of places and things that G shows an interest in. This is because when his birthday comes around at the beginning of September I want to make it as special as I can.
His weekend commenced with a homemade full English made by moi, with everything from orange juice served in a champagne flute with a cocktail umbrella for decoration, to gold star sprinkles on the table…because why not!
We then headed to Greenwich to embark on the Emirates Cable Car, which I see every day as I drive to work and so obviously needed to tick it off the list. This was good, however the line runs from North Greenwich, over the Thames to Victoria Dock near Canning Town and due to the large amount of building works the views were not the most spectacular. It was fun though, so definitely no regrets.
The short cable car ride left us with enough time to play a round of Crazy Golf at Greenwich Peninsula before we headed to the market for some street food which was beyond yummy. It is actually a pretty tricky 18-hole course, mostly either going up or downhill – not for those amateur crazy-golfers out there, experience needed!
A surprise dinner and drinks with our friends was the pinnacle of the day and I think G thought that was it…
Sunday lunch in the Michelin-starred dining room of The Goring had been on G’s wish list for some time and so I thought it only appropriate to book it as a birthday treat and I have never made such a good decision in my life. It was just incredible.
The dining room itself was very smart but not in an ‘over the top’ way that makes you feel inadequately dressed or as though you are being judged, but in a special-occasion-kind-of-way. The waiters were very welcoming and friendly, with the service being impeccable. We started off the meal with a choice of about 6 varieties of freshly baked breads whilst we waited on our first course, and due to our slightly sore heads we took a couple of slices, whilst kindly declining the wine list.
Starters arrived and I had opted for Isle of Wight tomatoes, sheep’s curd, black olive crumble, yellow tomato gazpacho and G chose the Rose veal tartare, smoked anchovy, crispy potatoes, seaweed salt. Incredible presentation, incredible smells and incredible tastes. I am not kidding when I say that the tomatoes were the best part of the entire meal – never in my 22 years of existence has something had so much flavour, texture and zest, I can only describe it as magical (my mouth is quite literally watering as I write about it…so I perhaps should move onto our main course!)
In true Sunday lunch style there was no contest for what we decided on for our second dish – Roast sirloin of Ross County beef with Yorkshire pudding which was served with roast potatoes, cabbage, horseradish sauce and a red wine jus. The beef was carved in front of us on a silver trolley and the food was exquisite, cooked to perfection. Hands down one of the best Sunday lunches I’ve ever had and a top recommendation!
But there’s no stopping us there because pudding was on its way.
I indulged in an amazing dark chocolate mousse, raspberry, milk hibiscus ice cream, red sorrel, whilst G had the vanilla rice pudding, poached pear, toasted almond crumble, summer herbs, goat’s milk. This was described by him as the ‘best he’s ever tasted’, so rice pudding fans head over to give your verdict! The desserts came perfectly portioned as to finish the meal with a sweet taste, but not leaving you feeling too full to move.
After the third course was complete we were offered a couple of chocolate truffles and jellied sweets. Then there was even more, as the hotel kindly brought G a birthday treat! It was the best way to finish a special weekend and the food has now brought The Goring into my top 5 restaurants in London with the tomato salad winning the top spot for the best thing I have ever eaten (no joke – I know you’re thinking how does a tomato salad make it to the top spot? I can only urge you to try it out for yourself…).