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Address: 8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ

Website: Visit restaurant website

Telephone: +44 20 7290 7600

Jason Atherton’s Mayfair flagship – after years heading up the Ramsay Group’s acclaimed Maze – won him a Michelin star in its first year. The large venue includes a lounge, dessert bar and a private dining-cum-sommelier’s room.

This restaurant has 1 Michelin Star

Latest reviews of Pollen Street Social

Cheese_and_Biscuits

Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

10 September 2013

My own quail “brunch” (…) came in a box of hay smoke, with a little brioche topped with a perfect chicken liver parfait and a glorious rich game consommé in a little teacup. It was, all of it, fun and flavoursome, exactly the kind of thing I’d hoped to be eating. What a shame, then, that two ‘extra’ courses sent out next served only to demonstrate that not everything from the menu is as successful…

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RichardVines

Richard Vines, Bloomberg

20 August 2013

The food, fortunately, is anchored closer to home. It’s inventive in style and presentation (…), with dishes such as baked curried hake, baby squid, roasted cauliflower and cheese and confit Cotswold lamb neck fillet, (…).

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50_Best_Restaurants

The World's 50 Best Restaurants, Restaurant Magazine

30 April 2013

Pollen Street Social was ranked number 84 of 100 in the 2012 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

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Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

17 October 2012

Tartare of fallow deer was perfect, needing no further accompaniment than its ‘broken egg’ sauce. Desserts carried more drama, but a sorbet of beetroot and strawberry with wild fruit and wafers of basil ash meringue was seamlessly well-balanced…

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What the Critics say

RichardVines

Richard Vines, Bloomberg

20 August 2013

The food, fortunately, is anchored closer to home. It’s inventive in style and presentation (…), with dishes such as baked curried hake, baby squid, roasted cauliflower and cheese and confit Cotswold lamb neck fillet, (…).

Read full review »
50_Best_Restaurants

The World's 50 Best Restaurants, Restaurant Magazine

30 April 2013

Pollen Street Social was ranked number 84 of 100 in the 2012 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

Read full review »
Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

17 October 2012

Tartare of fallow deer was perfect, needing no further accompaniment than its ‘broken egg’ sauce. Desserts carried more drama, but a sorbet of beetroot and strawberry with wild fruit and wafers of basil ash meringue was seamlessly well-balanced…

Read full review »
metro

Marina O'Loughlin (Metro), Metro

26 July 2011

All we required was a table for when it was booked, maybe a martini and a good dinner.  What we get is a meal composed of more misses than hits and a prolonged bout of inept and uncaring service…

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matthew_norman

Matthew Norman, The Telegraph

19 July 2011

Atherton, formerly of Ramsay’s Maze, is not merely a sensational technical cook, he is one of those culinary alchemists who can transform what looks like base pretension on the page into solid gold in the mouth…

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hardens

Richard & Peter, Harden's

17 June 2011

Given that this is a restaurant which boasts an – innovative – dessert bar, it was curious that it was only at the final stage that the meal showed any sign of faltering…

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zoe_williams

Zoe Williams, The Telegraph

29 May 2011

It seems so unfair: Jason Atherton, brushing plaudits off himself like so many burrs, finally arrives in his own place, and it’s terribly exciting, the staff are off-the-scale perfect, and yet…it does look like a posh All Bar One…

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john_lanchester

John Lanchester, The Guardian

14 May 2011

There were no low points and a competing series of highlights, among them an unbelievably good main of halibut served with a paella of extraordinary intensity. Atherton has a talent for integrating a dish by using an unexpected flavour to pull it together…

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AA_Gill

AA Gill, The Sunday Times

8 May 2011

It could so obviously be much more enjoyable. The skill and the commitment and the sophistication are all there. There needs to be a lot less cogitation and a great deal more gurgitation…

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John_Walsh

John Walsh, The Independent

7 May 2011

There’s a great deal to enjoy at Pollen Street Social. Jason Atherton has put his heart and soul and his considerable imagination into it, and it shows…

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RichardVines

Richard Vines, Bloomberg

3 May 2011

Atherton lets rip on the playfulness when it comes to desserts: “Ham, Cheese & Herbs” anyone? This consists of watermelon rind slow cooked to resemble ham, creamed vanilla cheese with icing sugar and goat’s curd, with basil sorbet…

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LisaMarkwell

Lisa Markwell, The Independent

1 May 2011

The halibut main is one of the best plates I’ve eaten in years – fresh, firm fish topped with asparagus, and a copper saucepan of soft rice which is at once murky and with distinct flavours of seafood and pork…

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fay_maschler

Fay Maschler, Evening Standard

21 April 2011

It is brimming over with gastronomic ideas. Head sommelier Laure Patry is a saint. Tapas in the bar where you don’t have to book are an affordable, pleasurable way in. (…) But the lower ranks of staff need to loosen up and go with the flow…

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What the Bloggers say

Cheese_and_Biscuits

Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

10 September 2013

My own quail “brunch” (…) came in a box of hay smoke, with a little brioche topped with a perfect chicken liver parfait and a glorious rich game consommé in a little teacup. It was, all of it, fun and flavoursome, exactly the kind of thing I’d hoped to be eating. What a shame, then, that two ‘extra’ courses sent out next served only to demonstrate that not everything from the menu is as successful…

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Edward Smith, Rocket and Squash Avatar

Edward Smith, Rocket and Squash

12 May 2011

Ox cheek with tongue and sirloin was my second crossed box and was probably even better. The cheek fell apart under my fork and though the tongue and sirloin were equally rich and sticky, they also offered different tastes and textures…

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Gourmet Chick

Cara Waters, Gourmet Chick

9 May 2011

The food at Pollen Street Social is playful and inventive. The sense of fun was apparent in the starter of a full English breakfast (£9.50) which was a base of sweet tomato puree, a slow poached egg adorned with crispy pieces of bacon and mushrooms…

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grumblinggourmet

Rich Major, The Grumbling Gourmet

22 April 2011

The kitchen almost, almost redeemed itself with the final two dishes (…) a simple onglet steak with a tiny cube of dauphinoise and a platter of smoked foie gras on thin slices of preserved apple with a raisin ‘jam’. Perfectly sourced, perfectly cooked and near as damn it faultless…

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Andy_Hayler

Andy Hayler, andyhayler.com

21 April 2011

This was a very enjoyable meal, with a lot of skill having gone into the dishes but done in such a way as not to feel over-worked with too many elements…

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