The Grazing Goat

Marble Arch, London, United Kingdom Book from £205

Reviewed by Liz Simpson
The Grazing Goat: Country-style pub with rooms and fabulous food, in a peaceful neighbourhood close to some of London's best shops
It’s the quiet ones you need to watch. So when The Grazing Goat opened without fuss or fanfare, and quickly became popular through word of mouth alone, we knew we’d found a gem. Set in Portman Village, a brief stroll from Marble Arch tube, this gastro pub with rooms doesn't have the most obvious London location. And yet... It's a 5-minute walk from Hyde Park or Selfridges, and 10 minutes from the stylish shops and eateries of Marylebone High Street. Sit out front with a G&T on a sunny evening, and you feel you’re in on a central-London secret.

Wander inside to the buzzy bar propped up by locals, or upstairs to the welcoming dining room. Large wicker lampshades hang over oak tables and a fire burns in winter. But it’s the food that steals the show. A mix of classy British fare and traditional gastro fodder, everything tastes superb.

Up more stairs, the 8 rooms are comfy with sleigh beds and muted colour schemes; the decor isn't overly exciting but they are surprisingly large. You get mini hydrangeas in a pot, quirky lamps and rain showers. But best of all you get quiet, even when downstairs hums with life.

Highs

  • Staff are wonderful - warm, welcoming, helpful
  • Excellent food. A massive cut above your average gastro-pub fare (think scallops, quails, rabbit pie), and all beautifully presented with an excellent wine list to match
  • Superking beds clad in crisp linens ensure a deep sleep
  • Great location for shopping and an easy stroll to Marble Arch and Bond Street tube stations; you can zip about London with ease
  • Perfect for independent types who know the city and don't need hand-holding

Lows

  • No formal reception, though you do get a number to call should you have a problem / need a concierge
  • Sound carries in the dining room, so if you’re next to a lively group or a particularly noisy individual, you’ll know about it
  • Standard Rooms have small, but well-equipped, shower rooms
  • Popular with business guests; lots of informal meetings are held in the bar and dining room

Best time to go

Any time of year - London is always buzzing. Spring and summer bring flowering parks, crowded pavement cafés and throngs of tourists; autumn is generally quieter, but skies are often blue and temperatures warm. Winter sees the streets fill with Christmas shoppers - take to the ice on an outdoor rink or soak up the festive atmosphere.

Our top tips

Pack a pair of comfy shoes; London is best explored on foot.

Great for...

City Style
Eco
Foodie
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Gastro Pub with Rooms
  • 8
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Standard

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron (on request)
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safety box in main office
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Stroll or picnic in beautiful Hyde Park (5-minute walk). If you're feeling active, you can hire rollerblades, go horse riding, or boat along the Serpentine. The brave can swim in the Lido
  • Wander up to Marylebone High Street for a wide range of fashion, homewares, perfumeries and specialist shoe stores. There's a great range of eateries here, too, and a Sunday Farmers' Market
  • Keep walking and you'll come to Regent’s Park. Splash around on the boating lake, then visit the lions, gorillas and tigers at London Zoo. During summer, you can watch Shakespeare at the park’s open-air theatre
  • Shop, shop, shop! You're a quick walk from the Bond Street boutiques, Selfridges, and the high-street delights of Oxford Street. Eclectic Carnaby Street is just a bit further
  • Check out our destination guide for more tips and inspiration

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Theatre
  • Wildlife

Kids

Children are welcome though it's not ideal for young kids as there are no family facilities, and lots of stairs.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

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).

Kids Activities nearby:

Hyde Park is a 5-minute walk away.

Kid Friendly: Standard

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
9/
Overall

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