Boyds Grill & Wine Bar – Review
A beautiful Grade II listed Victorian restaurant, that should be sought out for anything but Victorian food.
“My first British food passions were British cheese and British beef”, Charles Boyd, Owner of Boyds Grill & Wine bar is my kind of guy (if you know anything about me, you will know that these are also my two true loves!) An advocate for British produce, Charles and Executive Chef, Nate Brewster have devised a delectable new menu fit for any occasion.
The menu consists of some fabulous small plates, which can be shared. Three dishes that you MUST try are:
1. Sipsmith cured salmon with buttermilk sorbet and daikon
2. Brockley soft cheese mousse, tomato salsa and sour dough
3. Macaroni and Wookey hole cheddar with bbq sauce
Created by the ever so charming Charles Boyd, the stunning, marble-clad space is set amidst a historic Victorian interior. A clash between the historical and the modern, the walls are lined with original Bardiglio marble and onyx alongside new copper counters and a stunning feature light in the entrance.
The layout is comprised of four parts, with the same menu offered throughout:
1. Lounge – with relaxed seating on plush sofas
2. Dining Room – for a more formal atmosphere
3. Central Bar area – where you can enjoy top wines by the glass due to the ‘By the Glass’ machine, which preserves wines at their peak. A selection of craft beers and cocktails are also available.
4. Kitchen bar – serving cured and potted meats and cheeses from UK producers such as Trealy Farm as well as some extremely interesting desserts! Be sure to try the creamy sweetcorn ice cream, and ask for a portion of Dragons breath -liquid nitrogen ice cream made to order while you wait! (Check out what it looks like here)
I’ve walked down Northumberland Avenue numerous times, often glancing at the mesmerising old buildings that line the street. Boyds Grill & Wine Bar could easily be missed, hidden within The Grand and The Club Quarters Hotel, and the selfish part of me wants to keep it a treasured little secret. But, the history loving, foodie part of me knows that I should really share this wonderful place with you all.
It accomodates whatever dining experience you choose; whether it be a business lunch or somewhere to catch up with friends or have a pre-theatre meal.
Plus, where else can you go and say that you’ve had some ‘dragons breath’ from?!
Boyds Grill & Wine Bar
8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 11.30pm
Closest Tube: Charing Cross