Charlie's

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Contemporary British
The Forte family have been dedicated to hospitality for four generations. Charlie’s is named after the founding Forte, Lord Charles, who loved traditional charm as well as modern touches in his hotels. In his honour, Charlie’s marries much-loved convention with modernity, showcasing the evolution of British cuisine, with cosy booths, antique panelling and bright botanical wallpaper.
The menus at Charlie’s celebrate British culinary heritage with creative, contemporary flair, while embracing a bygone era of service.
Overseen by Adam Byatt, and led by acclaimed chefs Matthew Starling and Owain Atkinson, produce and its provenance and seasonality are of utmost importance, and each dish comprises authentic ingredients personally sourced by the team.
From succulent Sunday roasts and traditional classics served on Brown’s sparkling silver trolley, to tempting sharing plates and mouth-watering desserts, Charlie’s is the quintessential contemporary British restaurant in Mayfair.

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What 47 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.4
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M
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful setting, excellent service, but couldn’t help but feel short changed for our main course; turbot from the trolley. 3 mouthfuls and it was all gone!

WB
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s a fantastic return visit for me. Immensely enjoyed lunch, even though a full restaurant it’s so nice that can hear conversation and not need to shout! Would definitely recommend for business lunches. Set menu excellent and food as alway - outstanding. Adam Byatt has definitely made a great impression and perfectly matched the food to the restaurant ambiance

OT
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elegant surroundings, helpful service and superb food

Charlie's
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your kind comments following your recent experience at Charlie's, at Brown's. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon! Regards, Stuart P Johnson Managing Director

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h
London
51 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Charlies is a delightful restaurant in the heart of London with welcoming staff , fantastic food and is an ideal place to dine and catch up with friends especially using the Opentable offer. One not to miss!

DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We booked a set 3 course menu with a complimentary glass of Champagne for 3 people. When we arrived we were welcomed warmly and led to our table, which was in a perfect setting. The food, wine and service throughout you could not fault. The staff could see we were not in any hurry and therefore did not rush us. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable lunch. My one and only negative comment is we had to ask for our glass of champagne. However the staff were very apologetic and explained there must have been a miscommunication between the booking site and the restaurant. They rectified this immediately and we enjoyed our champagne with our dessert which worked perfectly. Would definitely recommend and return.

Charlie's
Responded 3 days ago

Dear DianeS, I am very pleased you enjoyed your experience at Charlie's and were impressed the food, wine and service. I am sorry we missed the glass of champagne you were expecting, however you correctly brought this to the attention of a member of Charlie's, which gave us the opportunity to resolve at the time. The entire team join me in thanking you, and I hope it will not be long before we have the pleasure of welcoming you back. Regards, Stuart P Johnson Managing Director

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WB
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend. Without doubt one of my favourite spots and tops my list. Love the trolley weekdays & weekend - great to see this feature . There really is nothing on menu I don’t like - the gammon ham on a Saturday was divine and my guests tell me the steak tartare is one of best they have ever had . Today I had delicious cured sea bass with amazing flavour and great presentation
The restaurant is stylish and beautifully designed, the room is airy and bright, tables have space and unusually for restaurants today you can actually have a conversation without shouting all whilst being served by a lovely team

A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Crab salad beautifully composed, but had little taste. Roast grouse also elegantly presented, but again, lacking in full flavour, and not a patch on Pierre Koffman’s. Finally, discovered afterward that sommelier had charged me for two full glasses of white and red, even though we agreed she would be charging me for two half glasses. Host who started at restaurant on 23rd September had not yet found his feet - but left impression that he might not do, even after a few months.

L
London
31 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food in a pleasant atmosphere. Really couldn’t find a single fault, impeccable in all respects.

q
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very friendly and helpful staff. Food was generally of a very high standard on the lunch set menu. In places it seemed to be a little over seasoned but that could just be my palate which has recently acclimated to a low salt diet due to the arrival of a little bubba in the family. Great ambience with a combination of business meetings and ladies who lunch. Very relaxed and friendly vibe. Would certainly go back. Great bar and tea room also attached to the hotel. Lovely place to spend the day with staff who seem to really care and are very family friendly.

RG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant in London. The room is beautiful and tranquil. The food is outstanding, and the service impeccable. I truly cannot recommend it enough ....but don’t tell everyone, it’s a secret ;-)

f
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Regular treat with my wife

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Went for set menu. Not as described on your website. Horror of horrors! Wedding anniversary lunch and my wife finds a LIVE WRIGGLING WORM in her cod.
Meal and occasion totally ruined!
Received credit for my wife’s first and second course. I was left wondering about the fish I had eaten?
Main course choice was limited to cod or gnocchi. Therefore only one choice for carnivores. This is the 21st century and a supposedly Michelin chef cannot source and serve food properly cleaned and prepared. I have not encountered worms in fish over my 75 years!
The whole meal should have been credited together with a real apology.
We didn’t make a fuss-some would have done!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall1Food2Service5Ambience3

Very small portions drowned in sauces. Lacklustre food but superb service. What a shame.

TM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service, elegant and outstanding place. I highly recommend......

OT
14 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great service and excellently prepared food. First time but it won't be my last.

MA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really good food and great service.

LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

As ever an excellent experience. The ambiance is formal but not overly so and the space makes every table really quite private. The food was uniformly good though the portions are modest except that part of my wife’s meat was uncooked. While this was disappointing the response was to prepare her entire meal again, very promptly and at the right standard. This almost made up for the problem. The staff are always courteous and welcoming especially to our young (but well behaved young daughter!) .

b
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best risotto I have ever eaten ! Great desserts as well . Friendly service

T
London
44 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a party of 6 people attending a lunch. The food and service were top notch and the waiting staff very professional. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we would definitely return to dine on another day.

L
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cosy restaurant and perfectly worked for a late dinner to celebrate my birthday.

KS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked for Valentine's day and was glad to have picked this restaurant. My Fiance loved the place, food and service. We are Vegetarians (No Egg or Fish) and they were able to accommodate our requirements to ensure our night is not ruined. Definitely worth a visit.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Fixed price lunch on a Monday. Restaurant quiet. Very nice room - comfortable and light even with the amount of old wood panelling. Food was okay but not inspiring. Poached egg starter was a bit of a runny mess in quinoa; seabass and tiramisu dessert were fine. I would return but hope for something more memorable.

JU
New York Area
199 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Haven't been to Brown's in many years and certainly prior to Beck. The meal from beginning to end - with one exception noted below - was superb. The menu was both creative and tasty and well presented. The wines by the glass were also superb. The exception was the martini - in a city that I believed was known for its martinis this was a grave disappointment - watery and not cold enough is hard to achieve. Will try again but perhaps without the martini

BF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and well presented. Waiters attentive without being intrusive. A good experience

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent,menu change every week,never disappoint me

OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Absolutely amazing food and impeccable service. Pricey, but if you’re looking for an evening of culinary delight and attentive service, then this is the place to be.

R
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

The setting is lovely but the noise level was rather high (perhaps because of the wooden floors?). The servers were very pleasant and respectful but obviously very harried. They worked hard and did their best but the restaurant is obviously understaffed. The food is very good but not especially creative. It’s a very good place to go for solid upscale Italian.

A
London
22 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The head chef at Beck at Browns previously gained a Michelin star as head chef at Apsleys, and is continuing in the same style here with high class Italian food based on luxury ingredients. I was particularly impressed with the signature fagotelli carbonara and by a stunning winter greens risotto with white truffles. The wood-panelled dining here is attractive and service is slick. Beck at Browns is a class act.

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great ingredients cooked perfectly presented well on the plates served delightfully by knowledgable staff.
All in all damn good

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attentive and nice staff. Delicious food ,mmmm the risotto calm and beautiful surroundings. Perfect place for lunch to wind down after shopping.

A
London
68 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal and service from the staff at the restaurant and starting with champagne.

CR
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Lack of good service. Waiters working very sectorized and unable to do anything for other tables than their own , resulting in extremly slow service.

KA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful setting and lovely staff, but the service is slow and the portions tiny. Went out for more food after dinner 🤷🏼‍♀️

DF
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding in all respects

D
London
88 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

What an amazing lunch we had. My client was very happy.. the service was good but slow at times but the food was absolutely delicious. The scallops is highly recommended.

I will definitely be back here again

RT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our first visit to Beck, although we are frequent visitors to the hotel and the Donovan Bar and we were happily surprised with our evening at Beck.
Our starters were fresh and every mouthful was delicious, as were our mains.
Service was excellent.
Loved the Decor, very cool and understated.
We were however sadly dissapointed with our dessert, the Tiramisu was not to our taste and we had to leave after a spoonfuls which was a shame.
We'll certainly return, albeit for a special occasion as it turned out to be an expensive night.

RM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect for a classic Italian dinner with elegance, impeccable service and exquisite dishes. An experience worth repeating.

MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were exceptional. We have lived in Italy for many years are were delighted to have good Italian food in Central London.

j
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service many thanks. We came for a lunch time treat, and it was a treat, we were a bit disappointed that he menu was all fish. But it forced us to choose something different and it was great.

RL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

AmaIng food and service the sommelier was amazing