Soon to be swinging its doors open for dinner service will be The Library, a new restaurant within The Marriot County Hall, championing the Great British pantry with a contemporary twist. Boasting panoramic views overlooking the Thames, Big Ben and iconic London landmarks, The Library is a salute to the classic British culinary scene.
Step inside The Library and the setting will transport you back to the glitz and glamour of the roaring 1920s. Tables are dressed in crisp white linens; champagne is served in elegant coupe glasses and after dinner drink trolley.
First opened in 1922 by King George V and Queen Mary, The Library isn’t without its own tale to tell. Struck by a bomb in World War II and the venue for many heated political battles between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Ken Livingstone, the historic room houses a turbulent past – if walls could talk!
Such a beautifully British setting overlooking the seat of political power calls for a menu to match. Head chef Jamie Welch, member of the European Culinary Advisory Board, has devised an evening menu championing the best produce our nation has to offer. It includes modern dishes with familiar British flavour pairings such as 1920’s favorite; pan fried chicken liver with wild mushrooms and sherry, or Steak Ralph Knott, The Library’s own take on classic Steak Diana, inspired by the designer of the County Hall. Of course leave room for a digestif – served table side from the art-deco after dinner drinks trolley.
In fitting with the menu, produce is sourced as locally as possible. Prized Aberdeen Angus beef comes direct from legendary 8th generation O’Shea’s butchers while the fish is brought in daily from London’s Billingsgate Fish Market. The restaurant also works closely with top fruit and dairy producers such as Tiptree Farm in Essex.
Can’t make it to dinner? Why not visit during the day for a spot of afternoon tea instead! Serving the classics including freshly bakes scones with thick clotted cream and Tiptree jam, dainty finger sandwiches and homemade cakes; it’s everything an afternoon tea should be. Free flowing tea and champagne are of course a must!
Offering unrivaled views of London, a venue steeped in history and a menu celebrating the spoils of our nation, The Library is a true celebration of what Great Britain has to offer.