– Holborn Dining Room –
A Very British Breakfast


I love discovering wonderful places like this.  Wonderful, beautiful, high-ceilinged places, with sweeping marble floors that serve amazingly delicious breakfasts with perfect eggs at not horribly expensive prices in the heart of London town. Or ‘Midtown’, as it’s apparently known now. (When did that happen? I rather like it.)

So many big ticks in all the little boxes.


My (very cool) brother and I met at Holborn Dining Room for breakfast on Tuesday, which I was so looking forward to as even though he and I live about 10 minutes away from each other, we haven’t managed to have breakfast with one another for a while.

Long gone are the days where we used to fight over the cream at the top of the milk bottle, or who could keep the useless toy in the Rice Krispies packet…

We were playing with the big boys now.

The 160-seat restaurant (opened in February 2014 by Des McDonald – former head chef at The Ivy) is in the enormous East Banking Hall of the Grade II-listed Pearl Assurance building, which is now the Rosewood London.



Antique patina copper-topped bar


The bright and airy dining room is filled with touches of design loveliness and Britishness – reclaimed oak, antique mirrors, red leather banquettes with tweed detailing (so, SO British) and two magnificent antique patina copper-topped bars…

And, the goes-on-forever marble floor made me want to don a pair of tapshoes and do that dance Annie does with Oliver Warbucks when they’re ‘Together at Last’ and she’s ecstatic because her adopted dad’s a millionaire. Sorry, A billionaire.

I’d have done the dance, but my brother would have been out the door faster than you can say Miss Hannigan.

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We holed ourselves up in a corner, ordered some much needed coffee and perused the breakfast menu


Hash browns, salt beef, poached egg



Eggs Benedict

All the food served at Holborn Dining Room is seasonal and locally sourced, which I love – I feel it is of great importance, where our food comes from and how it arrives on our plates, so ‘locally sourced’ is music to my ears.

Orders were taken and food and drinks seemed to appear and plates magically disappear without an interruption.. the service is magnificent. (And the waiters’ outfits are pretty snappy too…)

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We talked, caught up, put the world to rights and ate our way through a delicious breakfast.

Brunch, lunch, dinner and Sunday roasts are all served at Holborn Dining Room, and you’ll find some wonderfully British sounding dishes on the menu, such as Devilled Lambs Kidneys, Fish finger sandwiches, Kippers and Pimm’s Jelly.

Before we said cheerio, we had a quick look at the delicatessen, which is connected to the brasserie and bursting with heavenly cakes and croissants, freshly baked breads, olive oils, wines and other delectable treats.


The Charcuterie at Holborn Dining Room


The Delicatessen



Impossible to resist…

Holborn Dining Room is the ideal place for a meeting, a catch up with friends or an intimate supper. The lighting is soft, the noise levels – even when it’s packed – remain at a gentle comforting pitch and the atmosphere is alive and buzzing…

Also, as the tables are cleverly arranged in special areas, corners and clusters, you have the sense of being cosy and private, even though the room is enormous and full to the brim of very happy customers.

We had a delightfully British Brekky in Midtown (?!) London and I suggest you book yourselves a table pronto and do the very same.

Pip pip.


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Holborn Dining Room
252 High Holborn





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