The Better Half (TBH) has an aunty that lives in Utah. She’s the teeniest, cutest little Scottish lady with an amazing zest for life, that you’d ever hope to meet! A real firecracker who we both just adore. When she got in touch to let us know she was visiting and wanted to go out for dinner, she was very insistent that we had to have lamb! Mmmm…
Holborn Dining Room has been on my radar for a while. I follow chef Calum Franklin on social media and had tried his food at a food festival before (Soho Food Feast). I then saw that he was doing a Spring lamb special at the restaurant and I knew that this would be absolutely perfect. The only minor problem was that this feast is designed for 6-8 people. Being as tenacious as I am, I wasn’t going to let this get in my way. I sent Calum a message on Twitter and he was more than happy to adjust the menu slightly to make it suitable for our group. What a guy!
Food: We all started with the Scotch egg. A recipe that won chef Calum the Scotch egg challenge in 2015 and it is easy to see why it won. Perfectly gooey centre, well seasoned sausage meat and a nice crispy breadcrumb crust. All the elements just right to make the perfect Scotch egg. It was served on what I think was a take on a tartar sauce (I’d had a few vinos before hand, so my powers of perception were not what they normally are). Our little firecracker wanted the recipe, but Chef Calum was keeping his cards close to his chest! TBH also had the pea and mint soup, the sweetness of the peas accentuated by just the right amount of mint. From nose to tail, our smaller feast included a rack of lamb, stuffed saddle with wild garlic, rolled braised breast, herb crusted rack of lamb and 2 lamb pies made with the shank. All served with Jersey Royals, potato dauphinoise, spring cabbage and gravy so delicious that I could’ve drunk it straight from the jug! My highlight was the pie, it had a real hit of rosemary to it, it was rich with buttery pastry and just utterly divine! It’s just a shame that we all had a starter each because I don’t think we could do the meal the justice it deserved.
Ambiance: Located in the Rosewood Hotel on High Holborn, the restaurant has a real European all-day café vibe to it. It also boasts the largest gin bar in London, so when we arrived on a Saturday night, the place was buzzing. I could easily see what a great location it is to hang out in at any time of the day.
Service: From my initial contact with Calum on Twitter and right throughout our dinner, the entire team at Holborn Dining Room couldn’t do enough to ensure that we had a good time. Meeting the man himself was the icing on an already fantastic cake!
Price: Normally £35 per person for the lamb feast, ours was reduced and we paid £150 for three courses and service. (No drinks as our relatives do not drink alcohol). I wouldn’t hesitate in paying the full price though, portions are generous (to say the least) and a lot of effort must have gone in to putting that meal together.
And finally… The Spring lamb feast is one of epic proportions and also incredible value for all the food that you get. I had the #meatsweats for days afterwards – but in a totally good way. Round up 8 of your closest friends and GO! I’m already thinking of making a return visit for brunch.
Until we eat again!