The Chancery // Holborn // London

above expectations

The Chancery restaurant has provoked one of vialaporte’s biggest debates, caused by some exceptional cooking and some not up to scratch service. Despite the confusion, we think diners should make up their own minds on this one by giving it a try.

The Chancery shows all aspects of a proper fine dining restaurant from the outside. The welcome is up to a Michelin star standard level and the staff are warm and sincere. Inside, you’ll enjoy a pleasant dining room, a small number of tables,  with a lively atmosphere. Unfortunately, there isn’t a full bar service (as is the case with many *1 stars), so a gin and tonic will be about as far as you get for an aperitif.

Though over to the food. The meal kicks-off with an amazing velouté of Jerusalem artichokes on a quenelle of foie gras, with some very clever quince cubes and a smear of bitter peanut butter; so delicate. The flavour is very well balanced and is dressed immaculately.

The exquisite poached lobster, cooked to perfection, is presented on a layer of squid ink, beside a light wasabi mousse and mini avocado quenelle. There is nothing negative to say about this dish, and it makes you wonder why people would eat in a burger joint when you can enjoy such paradise.

And this is where we thought the criticism would start. So many restaurants are complete let downs on their desserts, like Midsummer House or The Ledbury. Here though, The Chancery delivers a tour de force with his blood orange Brillat-Savarin cheesecake and pomegranate, Turkish delight ice cream. A very good dish. The light cheesecake is very refreshing, wonderfully balanced with the heavenly ice cream, so light; very classy.

But there were also some ups and downs with the venison lacking seasoning. Waiting staff are nervous and don’t have the confidence to spot needs before customers need to ask. And for the number of them, things should run more smoothly.

So in the end, The Chancery is one of those restaurants where it’s hard to form a final opinion. If we refer to the ranking given by Michelin with two sets cutlery, some of the errors confirm this level, as you don’t feel like you’ve had a starred restaurant experience. Though at same time, some of the food is definitely at this level and beats the likes of some better known celebrity chef in Marlow.

Though give the Chancery a rate we must! We would recommend that this promising competitor has a bright future and for this, should be scored an ‘above expectation’ for the whole experience.  We are looking forward to seeing improvements in the future.


DISCOUNT OFFER is proud to let you know about offers from this restaurant

Their current offers are:

From the “Tasting” and “A la Carte” menus:

Monday to Friday – dinner service – 25% off food

Saturday – dinner service – 30% off food

 This offer excludes the “Menu du Jour”, beverages and service charges

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The Chancery

9 Cursitor Street, Holborn, London, EC4A 1LL (View in a map)

Tel: +44(0)207 831 4000