Who could not but marvel at The Savoy? The only hotel ever built for those who enjoy English light opera, the original gilded interiors were by Collinson & Locke, who designed the then Royal English Opera House and sets for the D’Oyly Carte. Which is why The Savoy truly looks like the showpiece five-star destination it is, and why it is one of the Great Hotels of the World, and why the iconic River Restaurant—now by Gordon Ramsay—is a fabulous place to lunch and dine, particularly now, when Members are invited to enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne to toast the occasion in style.
Picture the scene. From the Savoy’s top-hatted-and-tailed doormen, through the gleaming Art Deco oak-panelled foyer, down marble stairs past banks of fresh flowers, into the elegant, mirrored Thames Foyer with its soaring atrium . . . these glorious, glittering interiors are the opening scenes, preparing you for your arrival at the River Restaurant. After a few steps you descend into the calm, polished, spacious and club-like interior created by world famous designer Russell Sage. When you are thinking of full-English-breakfasting, or lunching or dining with your special guests in a suitably elegant atmosphere, with gliding waiters and the tinkling faraway notes of a piano, The Savoy has it all. Just being there is in itself a celebration.
And now of course, the renowned chef Gordon Ramsay reigns here, as he has at the Savoy Grill for 20 years and most recently, Restaurant 1890, reinventing classic dishes with contemporary flair and a respectful nod to The Savoy’s great chef Auguste Escoffier, whose fame lives on in the walls here—and of course in the kitchens, and on the menus. The River Restaurant by Gordon Ramsay is today a beautifully classic, stylish and relaxed all-day dining restaurant which thoroughly befits The Savoy.
It became, briefly in the 134-year life of The Savoy, Kaspar’s, named for the cat sculpture brought out to sit at table when guests numbered 13. Now Gordon Ramsay has returned this historic restaurant to its roots as ‘The River’, the restaurant where once Press barons from nearby Fleet Street, bigwigs from the nearby Law Courts, British aristocrats and City stockbrokers—including the gentlemen from Cazenove—would vie for window tables overlooking the River Thames and Victoria Gardens, as many do still. Days when the cocktail menu featured the best White Lady in town—now transformed into a Monarch and a Queen Mother. Cocktail lovers may well wish to enjoy these Royal delights for themselves!
The River Restaurant is itself a delight and a treat. Few restaurants can equal this dining room by the Thames, and the River Restaurant takes its watery setting to heart, showcasing the very best seafood the UK has to offer, from its own shores and beyond. Think oysters (perhaps from Jersey, Carlingsford or Lindisfarne) and caviar (Oscietra, Beluga or Baeri), or a chilled seafood platter served at the centrepiece ‘raw bar’, a good place to admire the skills of the chefs while enjoying the results with chilled Champagne.
Or relax in the comfortable leather armchairs and banquettes to enjoy the delicious à la carte menu on which are likely to appear a butter baked cod, grilled Cornish lobster and whole dayboat fish including, naturally, Dover sole. You don’t have to push the boat out—you can opt instead for Gordon’s fish and chips or, this being The Savoy, where Escoffier invented it, Omelette Arnold Bennett. Or relish a quick or leisured lunch on whatever is seasonal on the set menu of the day, which may well include such delights as seabass ceviche or Loch Duart salmon or, as an extra treat, Beef Wellington.
And Sunday at the Savoy is so famously relaxed that Count Basie recorded a song about it—so jazz cool, you might hum it as you saunter along to ‘The River’ for Sunday lunch on roast beef and Yorkshire puddings. There’s a semi-private dining room too, just off the main restaurant, perfect for your party to savour the atmosphere of being part private, and part in the swing.
It’s all good news at The River—and to add to the celebration, when our Members lunch or dine there on three courses, they and their guests will each receive a complimentary glass of Champagne. So what are you waiting for? To book a table for your dates, and confirm your complimentary Champagne, please call the CountryClubuk Member Services team on 020 7399 2960, or follow the link below, and we shall be delighted to make your arrangements!
River Restaurant by Gordon Ramsay
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