by Cathy Piddington
This fine restaurant in Jermyn Street, St James’s, is perfectly situated close to the heart of theatreland. Rowley’s Restaurant is housed today in the very same building where the famous Walls meat business began many years ago, and to this day displays a wealth of history with its beautifully preserved interior.
On arrival we were greeted by smiling, courteous staff who seated us in a window seat at the front of the restaurant, which was buzzing for a Thursday evening. The décor featured tiled floors and lots of dark polished wood and bevelled mirrors, creating an Old English feel of elegance. Our first impressions were that this was a very relaxed and warming establishment with an interesting mix of clientele – both business people and couples seated alongside tables of families.
We were very excited as we had read and heard so much about Rowley’s and were indeed delighted to be invited along to experience their menu. I opted for the Prawn and Avocado Cocktail for my starter and my guest chose the H. Forman & Son Smoked Salmon with buttered brown bread. This was accompanied by a lovely glass of Prosecco. The portion sizes were good and the quality of the ingredients perfect. For our main course we chose the Chateaubriand or Côte de Boeuf for two people. The steak was served with Roquefort Sauce and a selection of vegetables and unlimited French fries. This was the first time I had chosen this dish and Rowley’s certainly was the place to be as the steak was cooked to absolute perfection and there was plenty to eat for the two of us.
We were more than satisfied and full with these two superb courses, but it would appear rude not to try dessert and I managed a scoop of delicious Union Artisan Vanilla Ice Cream and my guest, being a steamed pudding kind of girl, opted for the Sticky Toffee Pudding served with ice cream, and our meal concluded with two lovely coffees.
To summarise our impressions of Rowley’ Restaurant: the training of their staff and front of house was second to none – they really could not have been more attentive. The décor is truly lovely, with the ambiance creating a buzzing steak restaurant. The tender meat is sourced from the excellent Lake District’s Farmers’ Association and the fish comes from H. Forman & Son and Daily Fish Suppliers based in Fish Island London. Even the fine wines are bought from neighbouring wine suppliers Berry Brothers & Rudd.
Using the finest of suppliers and giving the customers a competitively priced menu with the best quality ingredients is undoubtedly a recipe for their success as, incidentally, is their renown for the unlimited amount of delicious French fries served!
Our conclusion – we will certainly be returning very soon, along with our partners who are both very much steak eaters and who we are sure will agree with Rowley’s website’s claim to be “one of the capital’s finest steak restaurants”.
113 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6HJ
020 7930 2707