The Grazing Goat

Marble Arch, London, United Kingdom Book from Book from £210 per night

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, cool Anglepoise 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
  • 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 Room

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 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.

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

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 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

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity: Carnaby Street

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.

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.

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. All rooms can hold a travel cot.

Children's meals:

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.

Kid Friendly: Standard

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
8/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We liked our room which was spacious and well presented. The Dyson fan came in handy as it was rather hot in June. The compact shower room is great and we loved the Aesop products. We did not have anything to eat so cannot comment on the food but the restaurant and bar were buzzing. Great location and easy to find. Staff were very friendly.

8/10,

Great breakfast - one of the best and the staff were incredibly efficient and friendly, even though it was hecti. Noise from the bar / restaurant was loud and we could hear it in our room, when trying to have a snooze. Avoid Oxford St like the plague and head for the sophisticated retail delights of Marylebone High St, it’s awash with great shops and some excellent cafes and restaurants – Providores and the latest Ivy restaurant to name a couple.

10/10,

The room was lovely, and shower great. Small quibble about replacement of toiletries; over five days only the shampoo was replaced (once). Very friendly staff. We ate in the restaurant once in the evening and once in the morning morning. The chicken and pork dishes were disappointingly dry. The breakfast was excellent.

8/10,

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