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‘Twas the Week Before Christmas 3: The Winter House

Well, it certainly wasn’t difficult for SEEN and guest to find Bourne & Hollingsworth’s The Winter House on Charing Cross Road – there were many fabulously dressed-up people waiting outside the double green floors of number 83. We were ushered into a piece of ecclesiastical history: a stunning grade II listed chapel held tables, a bar and two Christmas trees. Looking up, we saw balconies all around. It is once again, what London does so well: a dining experience.

You order in advance so that all is prepared for your sitting. We had Loch Duart smoked salmon, salt baked heritage beets, with fresh horseradish cream, fresh and tasty, followed by Slow cooked long horn beef marinated in merlot, baby onions and celeriac potato purée and a delightful Dark chocolate truffle torte, caramel cream, with homemade honeycomb to finish. Portions are thankfully not enormous (as with so much Christmas fare) and the beef, in particular, was hearty and warming for a cold day. It being lunchtime, we did not indulge in alcohol but had (on the kind waitress’s recommendation) a Raspberry Collins, which was light and not too sweet. We were very well looked after. Large trestle tables dominate the centre of the room which the office parties took, while round the sides of the space, within the cloisters, other arrangements of table waited for couples and smaller parties. Bourne & Hollingsworth, in association with World Class Drinks clearly want guests to lose themselves in a world of luxury drinking, including creative cocktails designed by the Bourne & Hollingsworth bar team in collaboration with World Class bartenders, alongside exceptional food. World Class seeks to encourage people to care about their drinks, the way they do about their food.

It’s a fascinating place. Downstairs in the ladies there was a white marker pen and walls covered in black paint. We were bidden to leave messages of good cheer for other diners. The crypt housed yet another entertaining space where hula hooping was observed… Hats off to the Winter House: they have totally embraced pop-up catering in a unique space and made it a roaring success. Here’s hoping they come back next year.

79-87 Charing Cross Road