Pollen Street Social

pollen street social

I had lunch yesterday at the Pollen Street Social with Rabina, Rick and Su. The restaurant is situated in a tiny little road, parallel to Regent Street and just below Hanover Square.

service bar

Pollen Street Social is a Michelin starred restaurant, which opened in 2011. It is run and co-owned by executive chef Jason Atherton. He previously worked with Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Ferran Adria and others, before launching his own restaurant Maze in 2001. On the website, it states:

The best produce from across the British Isles brought to London. We follow the seasons and take inspiration from the suppliers who put their heart and soul into producing fantastic ingredients for us.


The restaurant is quite spacious and divided into two halves, as you go through the front door (not pictured) there’s a reception, bar and lounge, which lead through to the dining area (above).


We were attracted by the set 3 course lunch menu, which costs £37, excluding wine. Many of the top restaurants offer this kind of deal, where one gets to sample some of their very best dishes, at an affordable price.


After we’d made our selections from the menu, our waiter brought us a little tray of amuse-bouche – these are single bite sized hors d’oeuvre designed to tempt the palate, while your food is being prepared. On the top shelf there were little tarts containing salmon roe then below left, brioche with cream cheese and right, blackberry and beetroot tarts.

tea time

As if the amuse-bouche were not enough, our waiter arrived with a pot of tea!

mushroom and parmesan tea

This turned out to be a fantastic mushroom and parmesan broth.


I had a little Alice in Wonderland moment next, when I looked up and noticed a mushroom in the alcove behind Rick’s head.

guinea fowl terrine

The starters arrived when we’d finished our last drop of tea. The pressed terrine of Guinea fowl and smoked pork knuckle, port and bacon jam and root vegetables proved popular. The tiny little vegetables (at the top of the picture) gave off a heady scent of truffle.

fried bread

To accompany the terrine, they brought us individual pieces of fried bread wrapped in a napkin to keep them warm.

artichoke starter

Su had an alternative artichoke starter, not mentioned on the menu.

ox cheek

Braised West Country ox cheek, celeriac, parsley and anchovy purée with a bone marrow crumb was the popular main course choice. It was so tender, it literally melted in the mouth.

border pheasant

Su ordered breast of pheasant from the Borders, almond and pistachio crumb, turnip braised in orange with quince and pommegranité. I had a little taste of the pheasant, which was deliciously succulent, from a long slow cooking.

pear with crémant ice

Before pudding, our waiter arrived with tiny slices of pear

crémant ice

and if I remember correctly, an iced crémant, palate cleanser.

forced yorkshire rhubarb

For pudding, I had a stunningly beautiful forced Yorkshire rhubarb tart with crème fraiche mousse and rose petals. The pastry was wafer thin and it tasted every bit as good as it looks.


Rabina had a sorbet – I think I tasted it, but with all the other delicious food sensations, I’ve forgotten which flavour it was.

bakewell tart

Following the desserts came a selection of petit foursBakewell tart, complete with Opinel knife to cut it into four,


tiny little meringues, with a slice of white chocolate on top (on a bed of bitter chocolate crumbs)


and finally little mussel shaped chocolates with a crisp biscuit inside.

petali rosata

We drank a Tuscan Petali Di Rose, Catalici with our starters and mains and I had a glass of French Juançon, La Magendia de Lapeyre with pudding – both complemented the respective courses perfectly. Rabina had a dessert wine like Ice Cider, Leduc-Piedmonte from Quebec in Canada, which aside from apple, had a slight truffley, earthy note. It sounds odd, but the apple and truffle make for good bed fellows.


Throughout the savoury courses we were constantly supplied with warm, fresh baked French and sourdough bread (not pictured). I chose sourdough and was impressed by it’s crunchy, nutty crust. The bread came with fantastic home made butter which tasted slightly cheesy. Speaking of which, there is an £8 supplement for the cheese course – I caught a glimpse the board and it was an excellent selection.

meat fridges

On a trip downstairs I was delighted by the glass walled fridges full of mallard, pheasant, duck and other meats.

I’m sure you can tell by the pictures that we thoroughly enjoyed the food. Service here is impeccable. Our waiters were friendly, attentive and helpful, whilst being completely discreet at the same time. It is not stuffy here. The set menu is worth every penny and more!

The Pollen Street Social is at: 8-10 Pollen Street, London, W1S 1NQ.

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18 Responses to Pollen Street Social

  1. The presentation is SO BEAUTIFUL. You really would spend time feasting with the eyes before moving in for a taste test. How wonderful to go to such a wonderful restaurant – what an experience.

  2. Eha says:

    Mad, thank you for taking us along to a superb virtual lunch: have already noted the name and address as have a number of friends winging their way to London soon. This really was a degustation lunch rather than a three-course meal . . . and thus both a great sampling of what the restaurant had to offer but also very good value for money! Delightful amuse-bouche and mushroom broth . . . am certain the terrine tasted admirably but I do not like the ‘block’ presentation: as I am so used to serving brawn which has the same visual difficulty: methinks it should have been made in more attractive container(s) – vide the appeal of the artichoke starter. Love the way the Bakewell tart was served . . . no wonder all was sweet leaving . . .

  3. Oh my. This is beautiful. What a menu! That terrine, ox cheek, pheasant, pork knuckle…all the stuff I salivate over. And sourdough bread. Plus it takes work to make an artichoke perfectly. I think I’d cry if I went here! Thanks for reporting back!

  4. What a beautiful meal with so many extra little delicious surprises…one to keep note of for a London trip!

  5. An elegant feast at a more than reasonable price!

  6. Ron says:

    MD, what a wonderful dining experience. I was fascinated by the menu and not sure of what I would have gone for, perhaps the cod as a main. Such a lovely post. You made me feel as though I was setting at the table.

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