I used to know this building back in 1962 when I worked in South Kensington, running a patisserie called “Bonne Bouche” where I was the manager.

Bibendum was in those days a car tyre sales room and I used to walk past it daily for well over 5 years. To my delight, it opened as a restaurant, and I was at long last able to see the wonderful stain-glass windows from the inside.

My wife and I have dined and lunched here ever since it opened, and to date found it to be the most reliable, consistent quality food and service we have experienced over the years.

Dining at the Restaurant is a visual feast as well as a treat for the tastebuds. During the day, light streams through the spectacular stained glass windows, and the high-ceilinged Restaurant buzzes with reassuring activity. Comfy chairs and well-spaced tables add to the feeling of space. The evening brings with it a sense of elegance and glamour, and the right combination of welcome, attentiveness and professionalism has been honed to perfection over the Restaurant’s 20-year history. Dining at the Restaurant always feels like a special occasion.

Head chef, Matthew Harris, continues Simon Hopkinson’s legacy of producing classic French food with a strong British influence, using the best quality seasonal ingredients. Twenty years on from the Restaurant’s conception , he brings to the menu a contemporary edge and breaks new ground in flavour and style. Sophisticated simplicity embraces the best and most carefully sourced produce and results in consistent excellence.

The Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, offering a prix fixe menu at lunch, an a la carte menu for dinner everyday except Sunday when there is a prix fixe supper menu.