Located in the heart of Knightsbridge and frequented by a diverse mix of famous faces that have included Hollywood stars, politicians, supermodels and even royalty, the relaunched Rib Room returns re-invigorated, and features a glamorous destination cocktail bar, two private dining rooms and a unique cigar terrace. The elegant restaurant provides the perfect backdrop for Michelin-starred Chef Ian Rudge’s modern approach to classic British dishes, with a strong emphasis on provenance and seasonality.
Rib Room devotees will recognise the signature Duke of Buccleuch Estate Aberdeen Angus rib of beef, which lies at the heart of the menu, whilst classic favourites like the prawn cocktail are cleverly re-invented. Rudge confidently puts his signature on the menu with a host of new modern British dishes including buttered native lobster tail with caramelised baby fennel, braised gem hearts and pear cider; and caper crusted rack of Launceston lamb, neck curry and shallot compote with Jerusalem artichoke purée.
As well as the à la carte menu, The Rib Room has introduced a keenly priced set menu at £19 for two courses as well as a delicious daily special, dispensed from a lunch trolley.
The cocktail bar harks back to a bygone era with a menu that rambles through the English countryside, before tipping its hat to the London dandies of the early 19th century. Central to the cocktail list is a range of premium gins and bespoke bitters, in flavours from ginger to lavender.
The wine list is presented on fully interactive iPads, making selection and matching incredibly easy. Featuring tasting notes from the Rib Room’s new sommelier Louise Gordon, diners can filter their selection by year, price, producer, grape, region and style, before linking through to uncover the back story of their chosen wine. Louise is of course on hand for those who prefer the personal touch.
Half a century after its opening, one of the capital’s landmark restaurants has reinvented itself for the 21st century, ensuring its position on London’s gastronomic map for the next fifty years and beyond.