Pennethorne's At Somerset House

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Pennethorne's Cafe Bar | Chartwell Media

19th-century architect and planner Sir James Pennethrone is famous for his association with buildings and parks in central London including the ballroom at Buckingham Palace and the joint planning of Battersea Park. In 1857 he received a Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects for his completion of Somerset House on the Strand with the addition of the West Wing where this very cafe bar now resides.

I had the pleasure of being invited to preview Pennethorne's Valentine menu ahead of the big day. The menu, inspired by Pennethorne’s travels across Europe during the Grand Tour. The Valentines day menu is a platter of four dishes inspired by some of Europe’s most romantic and iconic cities.

Upon entering Pennethrone the first thing that strikes you is the decor, the black walled decor is rich, dark and daringly moody. The dimmed lights make for a relaxed and romantic mood, elegant but not pretentious. This is a place which will both impress and relax a date at the same time. We were warmly welcomed by our attentive host with a Carpe Diem Cocktail, perfect for all the lovers intending to seize the day this Valentines. The cocktail served in a martini glass complete with rose petal was made up of Hendricks Gin, Rose Liquor finely balanced with Prosecco.

From London the Beef Eater cured salmon was light and refreshing complimented by pink radish and fennel. Rich Duck liver parfait from Paris sat atop a soft and fresh toasted orange brioche that had been baked on site by head Baker Michela Potesta.  From VENICE was a Carpaccio of beef, lemon olive oil, parmesan before to finish the evening, we were treated to a very rich Tiramisu from Rome aptly complimented by Roman biscuits.

If you are looking to treat your special one to an intimate sharing experience in one of London’s most romantic landmarks then look no further than Pennethornes. The atmosphere is both sophisticated and romantic, coupled alongside good food and good company you are sure to be on for a winner. 


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