Now that spring has sprung, we all want to get out and enjoy our favourite cafés and restaurants. It’s always good to find different places, too, and if you live near Marylebone and Connaught Village, there is plenty to discover. Here’s a list of the best 25 restaurants, bars, cafés, bakeries, cheese and chocolate shops to try this spring.
1. Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone, London W1
www.chilternfirehouse.com Modern European
Michelin-starred chef, Nuno Mendes, offers a changing menu of re-imagined classics and bold new flavours. Springtime starters include Grilled Galician Octopus, with Wagyu Striploin to follow.
2. Purl, Marylebone, London W1
www.purl-london.com Cocktail Bar
The mixologists are now focusing on fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries and citrus fruits. So expect cordials, syrups, sherbet infusions, foams and airs to appear throughout the spring menu.
3. Markus Coffee, Connaught Village, London W2
www.markuscoffee.com Coffee Store
Serving coffee lovers since 1957, Markus Coffee currently offers 34 varieties of coffee bean from 13 countries. The signature blend, Regent and Negresco, is only available here.
4. Palm Court at The Langham, Marylebone, London W1
www.palm-court.co.uk Hotel Restaurant
Reputedly the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition, Palm Court is serving London’s best Easter Afternoon Tea (probably) from 30 March until 2 April.
5. Artesian, Marylebone, London W1
www.artesian-bar.co.uk Cocktail Bar
The elegant bar has a new Head Bartender, Remy Savage. Remy was voted the ‘World’s Most Imaginative Bartender’ while at the Little Red Door in Paris.
6. Connaught Wine Cellars, Connaught Village, London W2
www.connaughtwinecellars.com Wine Shop
To celebrate the arrival of spring, this acclaimed local wine store is offering 10% off any bottle of rosé, from 14 to 21 April.
7. Roni’s Bagel Bakery, Connaught Village, London W2
www.RonisOnLine.co.uk Jewish Bakery
Offering the best breads and pastries, salads and sandwiches, this is a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch. Signature bakes include Shakshuka and Salt Beef Bagels.
8. Blandford Comptoir, Marylebone, London W1
www.blandford-comptoir.co.uk Mediterranean Cuisine
This cosy, contemporary bistro maintains a consistent choice of charcuterie, fish and shellfish, plus a tempting list of 250 wines, 40 Champagnes and irresistible cocktails.
9. Daylesford, Marylebone, London W1
www.daylesford.com Deli and Café
A sublime slice of the Cotswolds in the middle of Marylebone, Daylesford offers the best organic spring produce, in both its deli and its café.
10. Angelus London, Connaught Village, London W2
www.angelusrestaurant.co.uk Modern French
This brasserie de luxe opens from breakfast to dinner and brings a contemporary flavour to the classics. A typical menu includes an entrée of Pan Fried Snails, a plat of Roasted Breast of Duck and an assiette of desserts.
11. Roux at The Landau, Marylebone, London W1
www.rouxatthelandau.com Contemporary European
Gourmet cuisine served in a grand, circular dining room. The A La Carte menu stars a Crisp Hen Egg to start, Roast Buccleuch Beef Fillet to follow, and Pink Rhubarb Lightly Poached to finish.
12. Dinings, Marylebone, London W1
www.dinings.co.uk Contemporary Japanese
The inventive restaurant has developed an imaginative style of sushi and sashimi that changes with the seasons. Impressively, it uses fresh seafood caught daily in Cornwall.
13. Rococo Chocolates, Marylebone, London W1
www.rococochocolates.com Chocolate Shop
Along with its usual yummy ranges, Rococo is currently stocking luxury Easter eggs, too. Favourites include a hand-painted dark egg, plus a white chocolate matcha tea option. There is a wide range of delicious chocolates all year round, too.
14. Abasto, Connaught Village, London W2
www.abasto.co.uk Food Store
A South American deli, Abasto specialises in Argentine steaks, homemade chimichurri and a staggering selection of empanadas. It also offers new wines from Brazil and Uruguay.
15. Caldesi in Marylebone, Marylebone, London W1
www.caldesi.com Regional Italian
This neighbourhood favourite has recently rebranded, refurbished and reinvented its menu. The standout dish is Grigliata Caldesi (chilli and garlic sea bream, salmon, king prawn, with spring salad).
16. Buchanan’s Cheesemonger, Connaught Village, London W2
www.buchananscheesemeonger.com Cheese Shop
Buchanan’s is now offering a new Oxfordshire goat’s cheese, called Sinodun Hill. Light and fresh, it’s ideal for Easter. The shop is also hosting an Italian wine and cheese evening on 19 April.
17. Carousel, Marylebone, London W1
www.carousel-london.com Restaurant and Gallery
Carousel now has a larger seasonal menu featuring crowd-pleasers such as Cornish Mussels, Forced Rhubarb and Samphire, plus their signature Churros with Jersey Cream and Dulce De Leche.
18. Pierre Marcolini, Marylebone, London W1
uk.marcolini.com Luxury Chocolatier
Indulge your love of chocolate – or delight a child of any age – with this avant-garde selection of tempting Easter treats from perhaps the world’s finest chocolatier.
19. La Fromagerie, Marylebone, London W1
www.lafromagerie.co.uk Deli and Café
In addition to the shop’s famous farmhouse cheeses, this popular foodie retreat is jam-packed with fresh, carefully sourced spring produce. Apparently, Jamie Oliver is a regular.
20. Le Pain Quotidien, Connaught Village, London W2
www.lepainquotidien.co.uk Bakery Café
The new season’s menu offers something for everyone, with a Spring Tartine (green pea hummus, spring vegetables, radish, sprouting purple amaranth, harissa oil and superseeds) and a Warm Belgian Waffle.
21. Donostia, Marylebone, London W1
www.donostia.co.uk Gourmet Tapas
Offering tasty tapas, including Bieira (scallops with cauliflower purée) and Galeperra (marinated quail with spinach, pancetta and truffle oil). It serves a great G&T, too!
22. Il Baretto, Marylebone, London W1
www.ilbaretto.co.uk Bar and Restaurant
The authentic Italian menu includes Veal Milanese, Salt Baked Sea Bass and Lobster Linguine. Plus, the traditionally prepared pizzas are probably the best outside Italy!
23. Paul Rothe & Son, Marylebone, London W1
www.paulrotheandsondelicatessen.co.uk Deli and Café
An old-fashioned food store and café that still specialises in made-to-order sandwiches. There is some hot food, too, which usually includes soups and jacket potatoes.
24. Locanda Locatelli, Marylebone, London W1
www.locandalocatelli.com Italian Restaurant
Giorgio Locatelli delivers traditional Italian dishes with a creative twist. Try the Roast Monkfish with Walnut and Caper Sauce and Samphire. The wine list is equally impressive.
25. Comptoir Libanais, Marylebone, London W1
www.comptoirlibanais.com Lebanese Restaurant
The spring menu features Cheese Sambousek (Mezze), Avocado and Feta Quinoa Salad (Main), plus a vegetarian and gluten-free Pistachio Baked Cheesecake (Dessert). The Chicken Wrap remains a takeaway favourite.
And one for luck... Saint Aymes, Connaught Village, London W2
www.saintaymes.com Chocolate Café
This escapist paradise offers tasty coffee, 23ct gold hot chocolate, delicious cakes, award-winning teas and decadent chocolate. The signature chocolate hampers make great alternative Easter gifts!
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