Corrigan’s // Mayfair // London

A jolly good question – where to go for a Sunday lunch?  Well, if you’d like a change from your usual gastro pub, a bit less noise and some good food, give Corrigan’s a try.  Tucked into a side street off Park Lane, this W1 address suits both business diners during the week and private diners at night and during the weekend.  Though it’s not just the smart, subtle dining room that impresses, it’s the noticeable quality of the British produce that Corrigan treats with slow food care.

Effortlessly managed by the imposing Maitre’D, the dining room is impeccably set.  Aperitifs are faultless and the wine list has surprising depth below £40.  Canapés are very good.  Particularly, the Teruel ham served with a slice of toasted brioche and some truly surprising rhubarb and apple jelly spheres; a great start.

Starter wise, the delicately smoked eel roulade with a poached hen’s egg and salted cucumber is really enjoyable and makes you want to taste more.  Just as well because Mr. Corrigan like’s to serve-up a decent lunch.  If you’re hungry, the slow-cooked Welsh Elwy Valley lamb shank is melt in your mouth, and is complimented by rich wonderful sides that come included.  Roast beef is carved from an elegant silver trolley too if that’s what you’re after.  Though, the delicate meal to go for is the buttery plaice, served with sea greens and the softest, loveliest mussels you will have eaten in a long time.

Dessert is also above standard and rounds off a fabulous Sunday lunch; definitely worth a repeat visit.

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