About six weeks ago, I went to Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, newly opened at the Corinthia Hotel in London. Oops, I know, I’m really running behind with the blogging but better late than never and still in time if you might want to go pre-Xmas. Jingle bells.
As ever, on the first visit to a new place, you’d be worrying about access, right, however reassuring they are on the phone?
Well, it’s good news here. The accessible entrance to the Corinthia is on a side road, with plenty of parking close by. There is both a platform lift and a long ramp up to the entrance – you can just about see both, on either side of the central doors, in the image directly below.
For once, I was spoilt for choice and I went with the ramp because I always feel safer with my wheels on the ground.
Once inside the doors, I rolled across to a lift, hit ‘M’ for mezzanine and, on exit, wheeled round the corner to the restaurant, which was spacious and easy to manoeuvre.
Having said that, we went for an early Sunday supper and the restaurant was newly opened so it was busy but not teeming with people which may have made getting around a lot easier.
We were directed to a round table close to the window, much like the one in the image below. The table had a central post but it was easy enough to place my legs to the side of it and manoeuvre myself into a good position to eat.
We liked the room. It’s kind of clubby, as you can see, with some statement art pieces to add interest. Lots of moody lighting, sparkling glass and pleasing architecture to soothe the senses as you contemplate the food choices.
Kerridge’s menu’s are quite extensive; the food, comfortable British food, much like The Hand and Flowers, I imagine. I don’t remember anything stand-out but, overall, we thought it was very good and we would be keen to return except for …
Good grief, it was loud.
I like music as much as the next person but not when I am out on a Sunday, with friends, for a leisurely meal, trying to chat. Cacophonous barely begins to describe it. Fade into the background, it does not. We were hoarse with shouting at each other by the time we left, all in agreement that the music alone would prevent us returning.
By weird coincidence, one of our party recently met Thomas Kochs of The Corinthia and mentioned our ‘musical’ problem with Kerridge’s.
He confided that we are not alone in finding the noise level problematic and, following some adjustment of equipment, he has urged us towards a second visit. Watch this space …
Or, try it for yourself: Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, Corinthia, London.