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Among a host of fine dishes, of special note are the starters of lobster tail with cauliflower purée and lobster butter sauce, and the seared foie gras with roasted peach and hazelnuts; among the main courses, assiette of Lune Valley lamb with onions and thyme, and sea bass with courgettes and a tomato and basil dressing. For puddings, take special note of the banana parfait, set chocolate custard and honeycomb, and the sable of summer fruit with kirsch.
Drabble’s set menus are great value: the two-course lunch is £25.50 including VAT (£41 with matching wines)—and as our Members receive a complimentary pudding course here you are therefore relieved of paying the usual £29.50 for three courses or £51 for three courses with wine). Options might include starters of germini of crab with potato and mint, or ravioli of haggis with confit turnip, whisky and thyme jus. Mains might include fillets of sole with gratin of salsify, braised Jerusalem artichokes and roasted chicken emulsion, finished with sherry vinegar, or braised pork cheek, galette and black pudding. And to finish, lemon chiboust with rhubarb or dark chocolate ganache with blood orange.
As to the a la carte menu, instead of choosing priced dishes you can have two courses for £55, three for £61 (again you receive a complimentary pudding so you can stick at £55). This gives you the option of trying Drabble’s signature dishes and new creations. For instance, scallops marinated in blood orange vinegar with Dorset crab and blood orange mayonnaise; or seared foie gras with caramelised pear and confit ginger; oroasted quail with crispy veal sweetbreads, marinated foie gras and a warm orange and hazelnut dressing. Mains might include that Lune Valley lamb, or poached turbot with celeriac, apples, mussels and chives; or saddle of venison with celeriac, beetroot and juniper jus. You can try the banana parfait (above) or a long list of alternatives: passion fruit cream with lychee sorbet and peppermint syrup, or coffee soaked savarin with coffee cream and parfait caramelised hazelnuts; or milk chocolate mousse flavoured with gingerbread spices, clementine and salted caramel ice cream. All are mouthwatering.
The wine list is extensive and eclectic. It contains some rich pickings, with many wines, Champagnes, sweet wines, ports and sherries by the glass, currently starting at £7 for a French white and a French red (Merlot), both from the Languedoc, £13 for a NV Jacquart Champagne and £10.50 for a Taylor’s Tawny 10yo port, with plenty of sensibly-priced red and white wine options by the glass in between. Bottles currently start at £29 for an interesting Austrian Zweigelt, and for those who enjoy their wines (and have deep pockets) the list will provide endless choice.
The restaurant is diminutive—booking is essential—and decked out in black and cream, with pale lemon banquettes and black slipper chairs, a setting that creates a contemporary, unusual and stylish backdrop to Drabble’s fine food.
Alongside the main restaurant, William’s Bar & Bistro offers an elegant setting for cocktails and simple meals, from a club sandwich to a good sirloin steak, overseen by an array of original German Impressionist oil paintings for which the St James's is renowned.
Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-2pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30pm-10pm
Sunday and Monday closed
All prices include VAT and are correct at time of going to press. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to the bill.
If you prefer to lunch or dine in the adjacent William’s Bar & Bistro you will receive 10% off the total bill.
Main awards: 1 Michelin Star
7-8 Park Place
Tel: 020 7316 1615
To check availability and book your table, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.