“The Grazing Goat: Country-style pub with rooms and fabulous food, in a peaceful neighbourhood close to some of London's best shops”
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, cool Anglepoise lamps and rain showers. But best of all you get quiet, even when downstairs hums with life.
- 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
- 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
Our top tips
- Gastro Pub with Rooms
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
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 iPod dock, Dyson fan), 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.
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Ipod dock
- Iron (on request)
- Safety box in main office
- Satellite TV
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 light and airy first-floor dining room (bookable), where clusters of oak tables are framed by sage walls; staff are lovely and welcoming.
The lunch and dinner menu is excellent; British modern cuisine, with a few pub-grub options. There's also an excellent, if pricey, wine list (with various options by the glass). For starters, we had chilli salt squid, then a main of tender Waveney Valley pork atop delicious mustard mash, drizzled with a delightfully sweet peach dressing. We didn't really need dessert, but our wonderful New Zealand sauv blanc needed a companion - and thank goodness we did. The plum and blackberry brioche cobbler with Earl Grey custard was one of our favourite puddings to date.
If you choose to stay for breakfast (served from 7.30-11am) there's plenty to tempt. We’d highly recommend the baked eggs, but for a lighter bite you could try the muffins, boiled eggs or porridge with rhubarb. There are delicious fresh juices, too - carrot, beetroot and cucumber or apple, pear and strawberry.
For a change of scene, there are heaps of restaurants within walking distance – just ask the team for recommendations
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Organic produce
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- 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
Children are welcome though it's not ideal for young kids as there are no family facilities, and lots of stairs.
The restaurant's buzzy atmosphere and children's menu make it well-suited to families – there was a lovely mix of groups, couples and families with young children when we visited on a Saturday lunchtime.
Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Superior room and 2 of the Standard rooms (C and F) can fit a rollaway bed. All rooms can hold a travel cot.
The restaurant has a children’s menu with firm favourites such as sausages, fish & chips and ice cream.
Kids Activities nearby:
Hyde Park is a 5-minute walk away.