by Gosia Krajewski


The Rubens at the Palace’s new brasserie-style restaurant is a celebration of English tradition, serving elegant seasonal cuisine in the heart of London.

A stone’s throw from the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, The English Grill sits in a suitably regal location for the jewel in Victoria’s crown. This elegant brasserie-style restaurant has officially opened its doors at The Rubens at the Palace hotel and embraces British tradition, design and flavours. The luxurious restaurant serves an exquisite menu designed around premium seasonal produce, with ingredients sourced from the highest quality English suppliers, including meats from Aubrey Allen, Royal Warrant holder to Her Majesty the Queen.

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In homage to The Rubens’ rich royal history and ties to traditional English society, The English Grill delivers impeccable service from tailcoated waiters and the theatre of a daily roast, which is expertly carved from a bespoke silver trolley at guests’ tables. Other delicacies include Beef Wellington served with creamed onions and Madeira jus and Salmon en croute, locally sourced from Billingsgate Fish Market and served with creamed spinach and Champagne butter sauce. Also on a daily rotation are The English Grill’s signature gourmet pies, which offer modern twists on retro classics, such as Shepherd’s and chicken pot pies– the latter made to a famed recipe perfected by Red Carnation Hotel Collection Founder and President, Mrs Bea Tollman.

Rubens Hotel

The English Grill’s menu also features a selection of vegetarian and seafood dishes, as well as a spectacular 20oz Aubrey Allen Tomahawk steak. A streamlined lunch menu is offered during the day, swiftly delivering the same exacting service and quality of food for the daytime dining set. The à la carte menu is accompanied by an extensive wine list including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, The Rubens’ sister vineyard in South Africa.


Brilliant Team of Chefs

The 28-strong team of chefs is led by Ben Kelliher, who joins The English Grill from Butlers Restaurant at sister property, The Chesterfield Mayfair. During his decade-long tenure, Kelliher established Butlers as one of the finest dining venues in Mayfair and built its reputation for “the best Dover Sole in London”. Kelliher also brings across with him the outstanding talents of Pastry Chef Sarah Houghting, who oversees the delicious range of desserts offered at The English Grill, including gourmet takes on English favourites such as Eton mess and Bea Tollman’s Baked vanilla cheesecake.

The quality of talent in the kitchen is complemented by the calibre of service in the dining room. Head Maitre’d, Paul Foxon, brings with him a strong background in fine English service including many years as Head Waiter at The Ritz Hotel in London, and his presence at The English Grill perfectly enhances the warmth of hospitality for which The Rubens at the Palace is famed.


As part of a five year, multi-million pound refurbishment of the whole Rubens hotel, The English Grill combines polished silver, luxurious fabrics and beautiful chandeliers for a feeling of grandeur and elegance. The addition of intimate leather booths framing the windows of the restaurant give the exclusive atmosphere of dining in a private members’ club. The kitchen serving The English Grill has also been fully refurbished, and the addition of a glass wall allows guests to enjoy the action taking place within.

If you want to relax and enjoy a seasonal drink, you should first head to the New York Bar. Beautiful red decor live music delivered by incredible and super talented Sourya D will take you to Paris in 1920’s.

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