Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

66 Knightsbridge, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park SW1X 7LA, Greater London

Restaurant Information :

Dress Code :
Smart Casual
Lunch Time Price Guide :
£41-£50pp
Restaurant Facilities :
Free WiFi
Restaurant Awards :
2 Michelin Stars, 3 AA Rosettes, Good Food Guide Listed
Open For :
Lunch, Dinner
Food Type :
British
Restaurant Style :
Fine Dining Restaurants, Posh Restaurants, Romantic Restaurants
Restaurant Features :
Open on Christmas Day, Open on Mother's Day, Open on New Year's Eve
Suitable For... :
Gluten Free Food, Vegans, Wheelchair Accessible
Lunch Time Opening Hours :
Monday Friday 12.00-14.00 18.00-22.15 Saturday - Sunday 12.00-14.30 18.30-22.30
Evening Time Opening Hours :
Monday - Friday 18.00-22.15 Saturday - Sunday 18.30-22.30

It is never easy naming a restaurant. On this occasion, I wanted something that represented our menu that is inspired by historic British gastronomy, so I searched for a name that had a bit of history, but was also fun.  In the past, the main meal -dinner-was eaten at midday, before it got too dark.  But affordable candles and, later, gaslight saw dinner shift.  By the mid-1800s people were dining later.  People working in the cities were taking a 'lunch' to work and having their main meal at 5.00pm when they got home, while in rural areas the main meal was still taken at midday.

Even today, depending where you are in the British Isles, 'dinner' might be served at lunchtime, suppertime or, indeed, dinnertime!  This made 'Dinner' the natural choice for its typically British quirky history and linguistic playfulness.  If nothing else, I hope it's easy to remember.

 

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