Guests are transported from the bustle of Piccadilly Circus into an opulence and glamour of another era. Criterion Restaurant is a true gem of history, lovingly restored and revived.
Originally opened in 1874, the Grade II listed lavish space has undergone a gentle and sympathetic restoration of its spectacular interiors. The stunning original features remain intact, particularly noteworthy are the gilded ceilings, marble floors, mirrored walls and imposing arches, while new furniture in soft muted colours and low level lamps have refreshed and warmed the space. A baby grand piano offers live Jazz and Swing music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
The head chef is 28-year Matthew Foxon, winner of the Time Out award for best gastropub. Foxon’s Modern European menu offers something for everyone. The simplicity and luxury of the menu combine perfectly with the neo Byzantine grandeur of the dining room, creating an experience that is perfect for both a formal business meal and relaxed social dining.
A traditional ‘Twinings Rituals’ afternoon tea has been introduced, available Thursdays to Sundays. Classic Twinings tea varieties, a selection of homemade finger sandwiches, scones, and mini desserts are offered.
The grandeur of the Criterion ‘Long Bar’ works as an independent drinking destination in itself and offers wines, cocktails and bar snacks to be enjoyed in the plush royal red oversized chairs.