“The Grazing Goat: Country-style pub with rooms and fabulous food, in a peaceful neighbourhood close to some of London's best shops”
The decor is 'country': lots of oak (panelling, chairs, a wardrobe, enormous sleigh beds), and sketches of fish and birds on the blue-grey walls. A pot of miniature hydrangeas and book of London maps sat at the head of our comfy bed; quirky wire lampshades dangled down from a beam. The mod cons are in place, too (Freeview TV, digital radio with an iPod dock), and there's a decent tea tray with cafetiere coffee.
Our peaceful top-floor Superior room overlooked a quiet mews and office block to the back; ones at the front look onto a charming street with boutiques and eateries. We can't personally vouch for the ones above the dining room, but we haven't heard any complaints about noise. Although Standards are slightly smaller, they’re still spacious and attractive (particularly those at the back of the building).
Standard bathrooms don't have windows and are rather narrow, but you still get a powerful walk-in shower, and range of Aesop goodies to pamper yourself with. If you splash out on a Superior, you'll have a rolltop bath, too, and a window.
Start your evening with a drink in the bar - or out on a pavement table if it's sunny. You can eat down here (first come, first served), but most opt for the first-floor dining room (bookable). It's a light-filled space, with clusters of oak tables and sage walls; staff are lovely and welcoming.
The lunch and dinner menu is excellent; British modern cuisine, with a few pub-grub options. For starters, we tried pumpkin and ginger soup (delicious), and spiced quail with a glazed fig, blackberry and malt dressing (rich, tender). For main, I had fillet steak (not very adventurous, but perfectly cooked to order) while my husband adored his rainbow trout with samphire, beetroot and horseradish cream.
We didn't really need dessert, but we decided to have one to accompany the rest of our wonderful New Zealand sauv blanc (there's an excellent if pricey wine list, with various options by the glass), and thank goodness we did. The custard tart with rhubarb compote was possibly my favourite pudding ever, and the vanilla and strawberry cheesecake got a big thumbs up, too.
Breakfast is served from 7.30-11am, and although it's not included in the room rate, there's a range of cheap options, as well as the Full English. For a light bite try muffins, boiled eggs or porridge with rhubarb. The fresh juices are delicious, too - carrot, beetroot and cucumber or apple, pear and strawberry.
If you want a change of scene, there are heaps of restaurants within walking distance – just ask the team for recommendations
Children are welcome though it's not ideal for young kids as there are no family facilities, and lots of stairs.
Children (4-12 years)
The Superior room and 2 of the Standard rooms (C and F) can fit a rollaway bed (supplement charge). All rooms can hold a travel cot (available to borrow, free of charge).
Hyde Park is a 5-minute walk away.