A well-kept secret amongst food lovers alike, The Blue Boar in the Conrad St James Hotel is one of the best restaurants in the heart of London. Boasting plush interiors, fine dining and a welcoming atmosphere, The Blue Boar is definitely on the London bucket list.
Working in the city every day you easily pass some of the hidden gems that lie awaiting your attendance, and The Blue Boar is one of them. Situated on the bottom floor of the ornate Conrad Hotel, just outside St James's Park station in Westminster, The Blue Boar is a classic restaurant from the get go.
The Blue Boar Restaurant
Walking into a five-star hotel is always a little unnerving, especially when you're wearing a pair of scuffed white trainers, but, once we were shown the restaurant, the atmosphere was nothing but welcoming and friendly. The maître d' showed us to our booth like seat that curved around the table through a classically dimly lit restaurant and showed us the menu.
Everything on the menu catered to different tastes and cuisines; with asparagus, beetroot and duck egg taking the fancy of my companion, and the scallops with duck for myself, a confessed scallop virgin. But first, like most good meals, an accompaniment of wine is an absolute must; we thought we chose correctly, a nice sweet Reisling wine that catered to the tastes of both myself and my companion.
When we ordered, the waiter insisted that we speak with the sommelier to choose the perfect wine for our meal, so we did. The incredibly enthusiastic sommelier had us out of our seats, round to the back of the restaurant and amongst every wine they had on offer. As a complete wine novice, this was certainly an interesting experience as he told us to smell the wine and really grab a taste for it.
The Spring Chicken dish and the Cauliflower Risotto being the main meals du jour, we happily tucked into what we, and I'm not just saying this, one of the best meals I've ever had in London. The waiter had explained everything that went into the dish, so going in I knew what to expect, but the flavour surpassed that. With our stomach becoming increasingly full, we couldn't resist the freshly baked bread rolls with salted butter.
As someone with a sweet tooth, it was the puddings that I was holding out for. With a select choice, it was difficult making a decision on what to have. It was the strawberry and rhubarb mille-feuille with strawberry sorbet and chocolate mouse with limoncello sorbet that won, and again, we weren't disappointed. Sweet, but not overpowering and extremely pleasant on the eye, these deserts certainly bowed the meal off in style.
What to Wear
Albeit a smart restaurant, don't feel the need to don a full suit and tie. Smart-casual works perfectly in this situation so a smart white button down shirt, a pair of chinos and a penny loafer would blend in perfectly to the surroundings. Roll up the bottoms of your chinos to show a bit of ankle and to keep it casual, and don't tuck your shirt it (as long as it's ironed and crisp, not creased).