As I jumped off the train from Milton Keynes, I instantly headed for the taxi rank at London Euston ready and hungry for my lunch at the Island Grill Restaurant at the Lancaster London near Lancaster Gate station. I met friend and fellow blogger Kara from Heels in my Backpack where we indulged in cocktails, wine and lots of tasty food.
The Lancaster London is a beautiful hotel, and inside the décor makes you feel like a queen. Downstairs at the side of the hotel, literally just outside the tube station is one of their restaurants, Island Grill where I met Kara (I was running late as per!) and she was sat with a glass of wine writing a blog post.
The Island Grill prides itself on creating seasonal recipes, using fresh ingredients, and hiring the most talented chefs, all alongside a wonderful view of Hyde Park. The source all of the produce they use and keep it as locally as possible. They’ve even got a bloomin’ two AA Rosettes and three stars from the Sustainable Restaurants Association. It’s darn good.
Back to the food: to start I had the Roast Butternut Squash Risotto with toasted pumpkin seeds and sage (£5.95) which was incredibly tasty with a creamy texture. The pumpkin seeds added that additional flavour alongside the sage. Kara had the Island Salad with purple sprouting broccoli, cauliflower, roasted red onions, and bulgur wheat, peppers, courgettes, parsley, poppy seed dressing (£5.95). It looked divine!
For mains I was super excited, I swear every time I go out to eat I get steak, but it’s because I love the taste. I chose a dish from the grill section, a 10oz Rib-Eye. It had a delicate texture and was 21 day-dry aged so had lots of flavour. I paired with peppercorn sauce and thyme roasted carrots (I am on a diet so had to try cut on the carbs!) (£21.50) Kara on the other-hand copy-catted me and indulged in a Roast Butternut Squash Risotto (but main meal size) with toasted pumpkin seeds and sage (£11.25) as they didn’t have her original choice of the Cannelloni.
Then to finish we both decided to treat ourselves and have a pudding; I had an apple and blackberry crumble with Granny Smith apples & blackberry compote, golden crunchy crumble and the best thing in the world, English custard (£5.50). Kara on the hand when to the cheese. She had the baked sultanas cheese cake with lemon marinated sultanas, raspberry sorbet & almond tuiles (£4.50).
As we sipped away at our drinks after our meal we felt truly stuffed. Full of delicious goodness, but ready for a walk around Hyde Park to burn off the cals.
Location: Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London, W2 2TY
*Thank you to Island Grill at the Lancaster London for hosting me and Kara for lunch. All opinions are my own, obviously. Who else’s would I have?