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Test Driving Harrods Social - Jason Atherton's new in-store spot in Knightsbridge

harrods social restaurant review jason atherton londonYou'll find the restaurant on the lower ground floor of the store, opposite the wine department.

So what do we need to know about Harrods Social?

As the name might suggest, this is linked to Jason Atherton's The Social Company restaurant group and - you guessed it - it's at Harrods.

Where exactly?

You'll find it on the lower ground floor of the store, right by the wine department. The most convenient entrance is Door 5 on Hans Crescent, then it's very well signposted.

Where's good to meet for a drink beforehand?

The easiest answer to this would be the next door Baccarat Bar which looked to be a lovely spot and - because it has its own streetside entrance - is actually open outside store hours too. Otherwise, there's a nice bar area at Harrods Social where you can try one of these...

harrods social restaurant review jason atherton londonThe Dill or No Dill (groan) cocktail - this may look like some sort of health kick smoothie but contains a potent mixture of gin, cucumber juice, lemon, dill, elderflower and smoked salt. All cocktails are £15.

Where should we sit?

There's a nice looking low table by the bar that looks pretty convivial, but 100% the tables you really want are the huge booths. They're also separated with perspex dividers so they feel very private.

harrods social restaurant review jason atherton londonThese booths are the best seats in the house.

What kind of menu is it?

They say their aim is to introduce Harrods' usually globetrotting clientele to the best of British produce. So the lamb is from Cumbria, the lobster from Cornwall and the asparagus from the Wye Valley. The one thing is that all that superlative produce comes with a hefty price tag - starters are in the late teens and main courses are mainly in the £30-£50 region.

Here's a taster:

harrods social restaurant review jason atherton londonSeared tuna with avocado & lime purée, heritage radishes and ponzu dressing (£16) - a very generous portion and the avocado puree really elevates the dish.

harrods social restaurant review jason atherton londonWye Valley asparagus with wild garlic, confit egg-yolk jam and an aged-Parmesan sablé (£19)

harrods social restaurant review jason atherton londonMac & cheese - this wonderfully rich version comes with loads of (hidden) braised beef feather blade and is topped with a Parmesan crumb (£29).

harrods social restaurant review jason atherton londonWhole grilled Cornish lobster with choron sauce and triple cooked chips (£65) - a seriously punchy price tag but the lobster at least was huge and wonderfully smoky from the grill. 

What about vegetarians and vegans?

There are quite a few options here - the kitchen could easily rework that asparagus dish, but there's also an English garden salad with green goddess dressing or a spring pea risotto to choose from the mains, plus this:

harrods social restaurant review jason atherton london Isle of Wight tomato salad served with English burrata and a black olive tapenade (£19.50).

Room for dessert?

If you're not worrying about fitting into whatever outfit you've just bought here, you should certainly look over the enticing dessert menu, of which this was the most-ordered dish during our visit.

harrods social restaurant review jason atherton london Madagascar vanilla creme brulee with wild strawberry, Champagne & strawberry jus and basil (£12).

What about drinks?

In addition to the cocktail menu, there's a nicely edited collection of wines (it won't surprise you to learn there are quite a few Champagnes on there). But there's also plenty of interesting non-alcoholic options from their freshly made lemonade to the in-house fruit-infused water selections.

Summing up:

Once the foreign tourists come streaming back, they'll find this new restaurant an easy way to take a culinary tour of the best food Britain has to offer. In the meantime, Londoners and UK visitors have the place to themselves making it even more of a treat. Sure it's Knightbridge prices, but it's a lovely spot to recover from the excesses of shopping. 

 

More about Harrods Social

Where is it? Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL

Find out more: Visit their website or follow him on Instagram @_jasonatherton.

Hot Dinners dined as guests of Harrods Social. Prices correct at time of publication

 

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