Galvin at the Athenaeum

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CELEBRATING BRITAIN’S CULINARY TAPESTRY


Galvin at The Athenaeum is the latest restaurant from Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. For the first time the brothers have stepped away from their trademark French-inspired menus in favour of championing Britain’s delicious homegrown produce and supporting independent farmers across the UK. An exciting array of new menus include Afternoon Tea and Private Dining, and feature a modern take on classic British dishes combined with Galvin favourites.

Special Offers

Three Course Lunch with a Glass of Bubbles £29.50

...from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 November 2019

Ends: 1 May 2020

Availability: Daily 12:00-14:30

5 course tasting menu £60

Five Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairing £60p from a five course set menu. All wines served in 75ml measures. Non-alcoholic cocktail pairing on request.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 November 2019

Ends: 1 May 2020

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 17:30-21:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 2:30PM

What 229 People Are Saying
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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The place is very old and overrated, not sure i’d do it again

SG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From lovely and attentive but not intrusive staff to fantastic food. A wonderful dining experience.

r
London
53 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We have been several times this year so expected the usual good quality food. Chose the special offer lunch menu which was a good option. Looking forward to our next meal there.

CF
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We went for Sunday lunch and there was only one other table occupied in the area (adjacent to the lovby) where we ate. My food was very average, the tomatoes in the goats cheese and tomato salad were tasteless and my main of sea bass was under seasoned. My friend reported better luck with her veggie soup and risotto. Service was a bit off-hand and I'm afraid I wouldn't go back.

H
London
14 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great dining experience. Wonderful food and impeccable service from every single staff member. We'll be back.

B
Charlotte
135 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner! The staff was super friendly and really engaged with the kids!

GF
London
52 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service throughout the evening. The staff were friendly and unobtrusive. The portions were rather small and the wine list hardly cheap! A good atmosphere and a return visit will happen...

r
London
54 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We booked for Easter Sunday lunch based on the special menu which was reasonably priced. The courses allowed for a good choice and the roast beef was very good. The lamb however should have been better, it may have been left on the plate too long and was tough to cut.

All in all good value for what we had and a good experience again.

s
London
158 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

usually extremely good so as a few new servers were finding their feet there was a little hiatus which we would not usually experience so fingers crossed they will be back on form now

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Leonard was our waiter and he was excellent. We had fantastic service throughout and a lovely afternoon tea for mothers day. They did their absolute best to accommodate us and answer my questions beforehand as I wanted to make sure children were welcome. They went over and above, thank you for a special treat.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice layout with comfortable seating. Relaxed atmosphere not pretentious at all. And great decor...Children friendly/ menu which is good..The food was amazing It was a Sunday on Mother’s Day so we were treated to the Mother’s Day menu which was a 3 course meal for the fantastic value of £35 pound each!.. considering the reputation that comes with Galvin I thought it was a bargain.. starters were great and mains fantastic. I had the roast beef which was absolutely wonderful.. however the cutlery was a bit blunt so maybe in future serve this with a steak knife.. the only downside food wise we’re that we waited quite a bit between courses especially desert which we waited almost 40 minutes for. None the less, the restaurant recognised the mistake without even a mention from myself or my Mrs and took a course off of the bill... staff were attentive and polite. My Mrs was treated to a Mother’s Day goody bag which featured a teddy bear and various spa products from the hotel. This was a lovely touch and put a smile on her face...we were relaxed and the food was nice so we will definitely come here again!

F
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was good until it came to dessert and then it went downhill fast. Twice they came back to the table to tell us that they were out of the dessert we ordered so we finally just ordered ice cream. An hour went back and we asked twice and never received it so we finally left. Our entire meal was 2.5 hours which was far too long.

S
London
32 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service

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b
London
25 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Sunday dinner was very disappointing. Both vegetarian options were mushroom based, what if you don’t like mushrooms. The main option was a stodgy risotto, really Galvins? In this age of increasing vegetarianism one would expect a lot more from Galvins.

r
London
54 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Sunday lunch was extremely good with a good menu choice and a nice wine to go with it. The restaurant was quiet with not many people around. Service was quick and it was a very pleasant experience. Will definitely be dining here again soon.

s
London
158 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

we really enjoyed our dinner and the food beat our expectations. the service was excellent but they were so busy so the time between courses was longer than usual

c
London
50 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing meal here recently. Franco the Maître'd was exceptional and made us feel very welcome. The food was to die for too!

g
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We were fortunate to be able to sit inside the main restaurant while many others were sitting outside in the front of house area. The ambiance and noise level was just right as we wanted the chance to talk quietly over dinner. The service was excellent - unobtrusive, thoughtful and professional. The food was good, but not as good as it has been on previous occasions - in particular my fish was not cooked through which was a shame as it was such a nice piece. All in all an enjoyable evening but not quite up to the level that I have experienced before. 5* for service!

TC
London
25 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Extremely good value 2-course lunch with a (soft) drink thrown in. Perfect for dry January. Portion sizes good and very high quality food. Recommended.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was ok. Great location

VJ
London
104 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Good afternoon tea selection with the usual set up. Two small negatives this time though. Scones weren't super fresh & service was lacking (had to ask for milk & tea top up twice). Perhaps it is because we were sitting in a semi-private area but customers shouldn't be forgotten about...

K
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Buffet is way over priced with only limited options. Did not find it good value for money. Food was decent enough.

DC
London
20 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Excellent food let down by an odd combination of so-so service and a lack of atmosphere (not helped by major table shifting during our meal). I really like the Galvin restaurants but will stick to La Chapelle in future.

RS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A very lunch and expierence.
Great food, service and customers, it is discerning without being pretentious or snobbish.
Highly Recommended.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

The food was very good as you would expect, but the service was very poor from the start from reception to throughout the meal . We sat there for 15-20 minutes without a drink. Struggled throughout the meal with service. At the end of the meal they did try and rectify the situation but was too late.

RK
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Sunday lunch with lovely fresh vegetables & generous portions. The set menu with 2&3 course option is really good value. From the moment you enter the hotel you are met with a very warm welcome from helpful & friendly staff which extends through to the restaurant and bar. A thoroughly enjoyable experience & a great place to meet up with family & friends - we didn’t want to leave! I would most certainly recommend.

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

The food was very salty. My son’s fish fingers were super oily and tasted of old oil.

m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Unfortunately the whole experience was bad from the moment we walked in to being placed by kitchen to the temperature being too hot .very slow service and kept forgetting everything.i know we where on deal but very bad and probably wouldn’t go there again .we did complain and got money off which isn’t the point was for birthday celebrations and they where ruined

Y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stylish restaurant with subtle decor, attentive staff and creative food menu. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

m
London
28 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delivered top quality as usual.
Service was exceptional.

SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Quiet and calm atmosphere food portions small but delicious - good value for money

LF
Surrey
55 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The three course deal was amazing value - and it was lovely that the staff recognised our friend's birthday

OD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

I wasn't impressed with this restaurant, although Galvin La Chapelle is one of my favourites. I arrived earlier than my friend and waited 10 minutes at the table without being offered so much as a glass of water. We were offered bread which came up eventually after the starter - it was warm but hard (and beware, it is not complimentary). Our main courses were served as our starter plates were being cleared away. Despite the lack of clientele, the waiters promenaded past our table so obviously and so frequently to try to get us to order our deserts, and then to get us to go, that it became really tiresome. The set lunch deal was good value and the food well-cooked; coffee was very expensive. I wouldn't go again.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was served luke warm and vegetables were under cooked. Mind your teeth on the bread as well as the veg. Staff though were very accommodating and friendly.

SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Booked special fixed price lunch menu and service was rude from the moment we arrived. Food was nice and very good value but a special get together with friends was marred by the unpleasant service. We declined to pay the discretionary service charge and my friend asked to see the Manager - who was actually one of the staff who had been rude and he apologised although clearly he wasn’t at all sorry. Wouldn’t go back!

m
London
28 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was spot on. Galvin is one of my favourite restaurants for over 10years. First time I have been to this branch. Food quality is top. Miguel made us feel special. Excellent service.

B
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quite outstanding service (places along Piccadilly could learn a lot from Galvin about service) Table ‘dot, 3 courses, provides limited but varied choice at amazingly great value. Best fresh whitebait I’ve had in a long time, with freshest of accompanying mayonnaise, egg and caper dip that was excellent. My guest and I are quite particular; today everything was excellent and we couldn’t fault a thing. Well done to everyone there..

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

The food from the set menu was ok, but somewhat simplistic for the name of the restaurateur. However the food from the main menu was very poorly cooked: crab linguini tasted like Singapore noodles; the lamb was over-cooked and seemed re-heated from the previous day, additionally was greasy. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

D
London
19 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Decent restaurant for a pre-theatre or business meeting/lunch date. Pleasant surroundings.

SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a great time. We had lunch and the food and service was very good. Would go again. Wine was really good.