Reform Social and Grill is a quintessentially British restaurant and cocktail bar located in Marylebone’s Mandeville Hotel. So it was a match made in heaven when our food blog was kindly invited for brunch and a cocktail master class.
Inspired by classic British gentlemen’s clubs
Taking its inspiration from classic British gentlemen’s clubs, Reform is a lovely place full of leather chairs, marble tables, retro artwork, complete with a long bar to create a sophisticated, yet comfortable environment.
Cocktail master class
Our evening started at the long bar with a cocktail master class in how to make both an old fashioned and a whiskey sour. Our bartender and mixologist demonstrated how he likes to add a ‘twist’ to these two classics, then asked one of the bloggers to try making one too. So, being a massive fan of whiskey sours since my last visit to Corrigan’s and feeling the need to keep pace with Phil’s recent biscuit martini invention, I stepped up. It’s a long time since I’ve stood behind the bar and whilst I was slightly concerned about separating the egg white in front of a crowd, I muddled though and produced a reasonable whiskey sour. Then it was off to our table for brunch.
Brunch in the private dining room
Basking in the relaxed environment of the private dining room we started our brunch experience with Reforms posh ploughman’s platter, and what a platter it is! The Hay baked Tunsworth cheese was exceptional and took a real test of will-power not to eat it all at once which is surprising when you consider it was accompanied by battered pickled onion rings, salt beef salad with truffle oil dressing, ham hock, smoked salmon and sourdough.
The roast beef followed which was succulent and tasty with all the trimmings, including the all-important Yorkshire pudding.
At this point a pair of slippers and a newspaper would have sealed the deal. Although we were feeling rather full at this point, the temptation of the triple stacked cake tray sporting a Bakewell pudding, pineapple upside cake and sticky toffee pudding was too great and somehow we made room for these sugary delights.
I have to say Reform’s brunch is exceptional, the food is tasty and plentiful, the dining area is relaxed and homely, just take your time. There’s a lot of food on offer and you’ll want to pace yourself. Plus, when you’re in such a lovely place, what’s the rush?
Reform Social and Grill
The Mandville Hotel
The Mandeville Hotel
Nearest tube: Bond Street Tube