The Mews Of MayfairElegance And Eccentricity | 0 Comments
THE MEWS: ONCE UPON A TIME
Founded by London entrepreneur James Robson in 2006, Mews of Mayfair has built a reputation for combining elegance and eccentricity. Tucked away in a historic courtyard, the beautiful four floors of our bar and restaurant are as smart and stylish as their location, offering immense versatility as an events venue.
With brand design by Lisa Tse, and an interior by James Williamson and Lucy Ford, Mews exudes exclusivity, but there’s no membership fee in sight.
It’s a rare combination that keeps our visitors coming back time and time again to enjoy the fine food, signature cocktails, vintage champagnes and star-studded wine list.
Our converted mews houses date back to the 18th Century, and once had links with the tailors of Savile Row. They’ve since played host to a number of restaurants, and even a music production firm.
Now, with the unique Mews brand firmly established, the location has found new life as an unforgettable destination for dining, drinking and dancing.
About The Venue
Upon entering, you’re immediately struck by the decadent décor, spread across four floors of two Mews house’s offering such touches as Eighteenth Century chandeliers and sumptuous Queen Anne chairs. The ground floor is touted as an informal cocktail bar and meeting area; however this is informal in the Mews of Mayfair way. Sumptuous leather sofas and glittering chandeliers, set against a gleaming bar with row upon row of premium spirits. Ascending the stairs you come to the restaurant, a space with a formal feel, decked out as it is all in white, with enough room for 70.
If your trust fund allows, you can ascend the stairs further to the second floor, the vaulted Chef’s Dining Room provides an excellent private dining area and is completely covered with oversized antique maps and atmospheric antique lighting. If you’re visiting for a party, however, then the basement is the final jewel in this venue’s crown, and is where the club resides. Leaning towards a roaring ‘20s retro style, with stunning sparkling wallpaper and cosy alcoves lending partying in the past a new lease of life.
As you’d expect from such an upmarket venue, the staff at Mews of Mayfair seem to know what you want before you do, which is handy considering the extensive drinks list. Suits sit next to fashionistas in a simultaneous meeting of minds, money and Mui Mui. Although relaxed, there is a palpable feeling that the real party could kick off at any moment.
Consciously understated, Mews offers a more discreet experience than its neighbouring restaurants, and has become a favourite with top celebrities including Simon Cowell, Kylie Minogue, Goldie Hawn, Elton John and Sting where they can drink, dine and let their hair down all under one roof.
The menu samples food from the countries of the former British Empire and colonialism never tasted so good with delights such as seared scallop with cauliflower and cardamom puree, lamb cannelloni and sweetbreads with mousserons mushroom and pecan spiced steam pudding with bee pollen ice cream on the menu. Considering the setting and the quality of the food, prices are on the lower side of what you might expect, you’ll struggle to break the £35 a head (without alcohol) ordering from the a la carte.
There’s also an extremely well priced set lunch menu for £23 for three courses £18 for 2 and at the time of writing they were also offering a fixed “Crunch Lunch” to course set for £10. If you do have the money to spend, then their eight course tasting menu for £60 a head (£100 with wine) is certainly worth a try, offering such delights as crisp sea bream with potato foam, ragout of asparagus and morels and lime cheesecake with pistachio crunch.
Signature cocktails include such choices as Mutiny Mews (pineapple crushed with dark fruit liqueurs and Havana Club Especial), which is basically a decadent take on the traditional rum punch. If you like your cocktails to taste more like desserts then the Watermelon Sorbet (fresh watermelon, Stoli and homemade sorbet) is the perfect bridge between cocktail and pudding, tasting delicately sweet. If you prefer your cocktails to be classic, they have a full list of the usual suspects and martinis (all £8).
As you might expect, there’s a frankly awe-inspiring list of Champagne, including bottles from the lower end of the pay scale (£60 for a bottle of Pommery Rose NV), rising to the heart attack inducing £8800 bottle of Dom Perignon 1995 Methusalem. Only the Pommery NV and Pommery Rose NV are available by the glass (£11-£12). Alternatively, you can turn to the wine list, which offers more wallet friendly choices such as £16 bottle of Mews house white.
The Last Word
Affordable luxury in the most exclusive of areas, Mews of Mayfair is a must for those who want to drink, dine and dance in the same venue without sacrificing glamour or quality.
What The Press Say:
‘ENOUGH INDIVIDUALITY TO GIVE IT PERSONALITY BUT NOT SO MUCH THAT IT BECOMES GIMMICKY’
‘BABE MAGNET OFF BOND STREET’
‘A FEAST FOR ALL THE SENSES’
‘MEWS DESERVES TO BECOME A LOCAL INSTITUTION’
‘A BUZZING BAR, EXQUISITE COCKTAILS, AN ELEGANT RESTAURANT, FANTASTIC FOOD, & NOT A MEMBERSHIP FEE IN SIGHT’