From the first moment you cross the threshold of The Grazing Goat, a sense of warmth and comfort envelopes you like the welcoming arms of an old friend. The smell of freshly-baked bread and perfectly-seasoned meats will instantly make your stomach growl and your feet point towards the dining room. You will have completely forgotten that you are in the center of London, minutes from the famed Selfridges department store, Marble Arch, and Paddington Station.
The Grazing Goat is actually quite a deceitful gastropub. Once inside, you feel as though you are a member of a close inner circle of connoisseurs who keep this hideaway one of London’s local secrets. Oak beams line the ceilings, creating a slight echo effect to the small clusters of friends chatting over the locally-sourced menu items and tap brews. A lustrous breeze is allowed to roll through the dining room from the open French doors leading to the outdoor patio and quiet cobbled street. If you are feeling adventurous, climb a flight of stairs to behold a stunning large dining room; similar to the one downstairs, but with a bit more of a masculine touch. Solid oak floors, distinctive dining tables and chairs made of ash wooden logs accented by soft white and green striped linen fabrics are illuminated by chandeliers formed from antlers and soft-tinted Edison bulbs hanging idly from the ceiling create a more feminine, “huntress lodge” vibe.
The Grazing Goat receives its name from the goats which once grazed here by Lady Portman who was allergic to cow’s milk.
You might be surprised to discover yet another flight of carpet laden stairs leading to a third floor. There, you will find, tucked neatly away from the murmurings of restaurant guests, are eight tidy guest rooms fully stocked with luxurious toiletries, teas, and coffees. Brass fixtures, warm Edison lighting and oak panels are reminiscent of luxury mountain chalets. If you manage to force yourself out of the warmth and comfort of your bed, you will find that The Grazing Goat serves up some of the most memorable meals in London. Bonus: every menu item and ingredient is sourced locally.
Cornish crab and poached eggs served atop an English muffin with extra hollandaise sauce and a piping hot cappuccino topped with just the right amount of rich cocoa. Your lips will be singing “Magnifico!”
Market fish of the day with golden beetroot and broad bean salad.
For dinner, make your way to The Grazing Goat’s sister gastropub, The Orange. There you will find similar decor, but with a bit more lively crowd; a mix of international friends gathering over a late happy hour cocktail or an early evening business meeting. The upstairs dining room offers gorgeous city views where you can watch the newest Maserati or Bentley whiz past, leaving you wondering which celebrity you may have just “seen”.
The Orange’s crispy thin crust pizza oozes cheese and basil along side pops of roasted Victoria tomatoes will leave your palate begging for more!
Succulent rich dry-aged ribeye topped with a decadent béarnaise sauce and served with a generous portion of truffle and parmesan fries will make you forget any worries in life.
Lemon and almond financiers, served with gooseberry and elderberry ice cream offer the perfect amount of citrus and sweet to balance a savory meal.
Head back to The Grazing Goat for a nightcap from their signature cocktail list before sinking into the fluffiest down duvet you’ve ever felt. You can order room service for the following morning.
Next time you are in London, remember this idyllic Marylebone escape is hidden in plain sight near Portman Square and will welcome you with open arms.
Things to know:
- No lift
- Rollaway bed is $30/additional per night
- Rooms are cozy, but not Manhattan small.
- The focus is on the Gastropub first, then the hotel. Check-in is at the 2nd floor till for the restaurant.