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The Grazing Goat, London
November 15, 2016
The Cubitt House group has built itself a reputation for well designed, cosy hideaways in London and its Marylebone residence, The Grazing Goat, is no exception. Promising good food and a relaxed, retreat-like atmosphere, it’s no surprise that it’s become such a popular destination.
The wood panelled walls, rustic paints, potted plants and mix-matched frames of well chosen artworks and old photographs help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere that’s instantly calming and familiar. Even when you’re walking through the front door for the first time, you almost have the feeling that you’re returning home. The staff are casually attentive and not at all fussy- they sort of just leave you to it – but that’s preferable to an overly anxious management team who appear to be lurking round every corner.
Like the two restaurants, the rooms are decorated in cosy, homely style with king-sized beds and puffy pillows, striped canvas blinds, ochre wood surfaces and Muji notepads on the bedside table. The bathrooms are compact (space is limited in a town house after-all), but well designed and stocked with Aesop products, which fill the room with a lingering herbal fragrance. There are traditional hotel amenities (sugared almonds, tea and coffee facilities and a guide book of the area), but they’re subtly placed and visually unobtrusive so as not to shatter the illusion that you’re staying at a wealthy friend’s house in the Cotswolds.
With two dining rooms (ground floor and first floor), there’s a surprising amount of seating space at The Grazing Goat, which is fortunate because the pub is favourite among Marylebone locals (no mean feat amongst plenty of other surrounding fine dining options). The menu features hearty English dishes like Butternut and sage dumplings with Ricotta, White Park beef and caramelised celeriac pie and of course, beer battered fish & chips. The roasted plum Eton mess for dessert was sensational. Breakfast, served on the ground floor, is similarly mouth-watering and indulgent. Options include Buckwheat & blueberry pancakes and cornish crab with poached eggs, served with fresh juices and smoothies or “Morning Cocktails”.
Marylebone has to be one of London’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. Just a few minutes walk from chaos of Oxford Street, the cobbled streets, pastel coloured shops and quaint muses come as a welcome relief; even the air feels fresher here. Situated on New Quebec street, a quiet road lined with aesthetically pleasing boutiques, delis and hairdressers, The Grazing Goat somehow manages to feel like a country gastro-pub even though its slap bang in the middle of central London. The large French doors of the downstairs restaurant and bar open onto an al-fresco seating area where barbers are slung over the chairs and dogs are snoozing under the tables. The only real give away that you’re in a city are the bright yellow Selfridges bags and the size of the dogs.
Words by Millie Walton