Putting On The Ritz

A few nights ago, I went on a little date to The Ritz.

Excited by the prospect, we tried to take a snap outside, under the famous glittering lights.

 

^ I think that’s the real winner.

We gave up and headed inside. Into the cavernous, gilded halls of one of London’s oldest and finest hotels.

And went off for a little snoop while they readied the table.

I have to tell you about this dress, it’s another bargain. You know I can’t resist!

Lace Dress // Black Tights

Dolce & Gabbana Shoes // Chanel Boy Bag

It even scoops open at the back and ties with a bow around your neck.

The great dining room is unlike any other.

Every diner sits in one room, on one level and they all sort of face towards the middle.

It’s not designed to sit gazing into each other’s eyes, this is a people watcher’s paradise.

And there’s lots to watch.

Waiters flambe-ing things table side;

This young’un went a little overboard with the booze on a number of occasions, resulting in fireballs that singed the ceiling and brought a gasp from the room, followed by a ripple of nervous chuckling.

It clearly scared the crêpe out of the other waiters!

They would come barrelling over to tell him off in hushed, urgent tones, as guests looked on.

We went for the mysteriously titled “Surprise Menu”; a series of courses where the chef decides what you’ll like.

All that was left to do was to sit back and be surprised!

Starting with beautiful nibbles.

And leading briskly on to duck liver.

Beautifully presented, plump scallops.

With samphire and a rich, buttery sauce.

Followed by a fillet of fish, topped with black truffle, in a truffle sauce, with roasted chestnuts.

I thought about asking for a box of “R” butter to take home.

How amazing would it be to serve personalised butter to people who come to stay?! I’d feel so fancy.

But our waiter wheeled our next course out so quickly and with such a flourish, I thought I’d butter not distract him.

The beautiful Venison Wellington glided out on its own trolley, ready to be sliced and served.

Using a bread knife, he tore through the buttery, flaky pastry, past the layer of truffles and right through the pink venison inside.

For my next birthday I would like to be smothered in truffle and encased in pastry from The Ritz.

Then just spend the rest of the day eating myself out of my cocoon.

Although I fear that perhaps that’s the sort of service they reserve for hotel guests…

We watched hungrily as we waited for our supper.

The string band and pianist played to a crescendo as our plates were placed gently in front of us.

And the truffle gravy cascaded from above.

Easily my favourite part of the meal.

If I went again I would perhaps skip the tasting menu in favour of my very own Wellington.

Before we knew it, the savoury courses were over.

Pudding arrived in the shape of vanilla icecream.

Rich, thick and arranged over a sort of cheesecake base. (I wont make the boyfriend joke again, but you know I’m thinking it!)

Followed by the beautiful Mont Blanc.

A crisp base, with pureed sweet chestnuts and whipped cream. Wrapped in a sugar case, with a slice of milk chocolate and surrounded by meringue kisses.

By the time we’d finished pudding and raised our heads from our conspiratorial, wine-induced-giggling-conversations, the people watching opportunities had all but vanished! Along with the people.

We finished our wine with a final few nibbles.

And, keen to keep the date going, headed off for a dance at Arts.

The Ritz, as everyone knows, is wonderful.

The perfect venue for a special occasion or perhaps just a spot of tea.

Book ahead and try the Crêpe Suzette if you’re taking someone you want to impress! (Especially if they want a good photo-op!)

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  • Looking gorgeous, Rosie! That dress is incredible (may have just made a cheeky purchase!). Looks like you had an incredible date! Think I’m due for a good ol’ date night soon after being in France since New Year without the boy..!

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    Lauren xx

  • Such a beautiful place 🙂 lovely photographs 🙂

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  • Queenie Lee

    Looks wonderful! Love your dress, such a barg! xx

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  • Such a fun date! That meal looks amazing, and what a gorgeous setting. I love a good Mont Blanc for dessert, and that one looks especially fabulous. Love the dress too! xxx

  • I went for a night out at The Ritz recently, the dining room is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and it’s an experience beyond any other. I don’t usually drop links but here it is if you’re interested: http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk/2014/11/the-ritz.html

    We struggled to get one of the sign too! Love you dress by the way 🙂
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • The Ritz is one of my favourite London hotels! I’m one of those people who gets way too excited about fancy butter as well. One day I shall have my own monogrammed butter, life goals.

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • You looked fabulous Rosie. Really enjoyed seeing the Ritz in all its splendor & your commentaire made me chuckle as always! I debated booking afternoon tea at the Ritz when I go to the Savage Beauty expose in May but have opted for the Cafe Royal after your post & recommendation. It looked like you got a better selection!
    Have a great weekend Rosie!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Kelly Michelle

    The meal looks incredible! I’m off to The Ritz today for afternoon tea so your post has got me even more excited now!

  • This looks absolutely gorgeous Rosie, I’m so jealous! And I love your outfit – you can never go wrong with all black, it’s absolutely timeless.

    X

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  • That dress looks soooooo beautiful on you!
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  • That wellington looks absolute dream worthy.
    Tell me that’s something you’re tempted to replicate?
    I’d love a (moderately easy) go to fancy recipe to impress the friends with! xo

  • Jeannie C

    Oh my, the very epitome of castle interior

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  • This all looks so beautiful! The food looks amazing and so delicious, definitely looks like a must do when in London 🙂

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • I haven’t made it to the Ritz yet but it’s on my list. Gorgeous dress!!
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  • Gorgeous!! I’d love a follow on Insta or my blog: @daniellemarie485 // http://www.learninglondon.weebly.com Thanks for your consideration :). LOVE your blog!!

  • The slow pace

    Oh those shoes are lovely! The place too, obviously!
    Rosie, I was thinking about surprising my other half with a getaway by the end of the month (it’s kind of a Valentine’s gift). Where would you spend a long weekend in Europe? We just went to London an Copenhagen, so those are out of the question. You always have good ideas so I thought I could ask you for advice…
    Thanks!
    xx,
    E.
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  • I love the dress! Looks like such a romantic evening, and it’s not even Valentines Day yet!

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  • Cristina Golban

    That restaurant and food look amazing, going to grab something to eat because of these pics

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  • I would love to do this- but for 155 pounds, maybe in my next lifetime!!

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  • Uli

    Reminds me of Pretty Woman 😉 x

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  • Kat

    Looks like such a beautiful experience! One to definitely add to the London list x

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  • Andrea

    Rosie, do you recommend the Pigalle or So Kate Louboutins? Need advice!

  • So glad I’m not the only one that carves things up with a bread knife.

    And yes, that sexy photo is obviously the best one going.

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  • cestantina

    I’ve never been that interested by the story of a dinner in a restaurant before! Well done… All long I was craving to know what was next!
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  • That’s a lovely dress! I’m now hooked on SheInside thanks to you!

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  • First of all the wellington looks amazing, but those shoes!!!

  • I sat here completely stunned at the price on the dress. It is gorgeous and I’ll take it with a side of that pastry please.
    xoxo,
    Erin
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  • That dress is so gorgeous! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  • Wow, it looks like a dream! The Ritz really is special. I LOVE the dress you’re wearing, as well!
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  • Looks so delicious and the interior is amazing.

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    x

  • Oh my goodness, saving on clothes and splurging on food, just the way I love it!! Looks incredible Rosie 🙂

    Liefs,
    Yara

  • meg_144

    Rosie! I love the sheinside dresses almost as much as I love the prices of them, but I have to ask Do you have to pay tax? and how long does the delivery take?

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge

    M

    xx

  • Kate

    Looks like a beautiful night. I also love how you can take a dress that’s a steal, and make it look so expensive with how you accessorize it! So great!

    Kate
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  • The food looks so good, but the servings look so small! I feel like I could probably eat three times as much because it looks so delicious, but then again I always overestimate how much I can stomach 😛 // People watching is one of my favorite things to do. // Loving your heels 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Marie Kay

    Wow, how in the world did you manage to convince them to take all those awesome pictures? They’re usually so strict about photos in the dining area and ask patrons to leave if they continue. You must have worked magic. 🙂

  • It’s really quite interesting to see this as in my experiences, the Ritz has always been lovely, but a little stuffy. This menu looks much more interesting!

    KatieJan
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  • Molly

    Rosie you look gorgeous! Love the dress (and the price). Plus the meal looks delicious and that’s kind of the most important part… Thanks for sharing!

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  • Hi Rosie, lovely dress! I went to the Ritz on a date in the summer, my photos are so similar to yours! And I love your comments about being wrapped up in the wellington. I felt the same about the soufflé, it was divine. My Ritz post is here if you want a giggle about our similar photos – including the butter shot! http://thegreeneyedgirl.co.uk/2014/08/18/lunch-at-the-ritz/

  • I went to the Ritz a few months back and it was so amazing!! I cant wait to go back, the food was just incredible! How cute are the little cakes at the end with the R on them! Very jealous you got to go!

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  • I love that dress and the food looks fantastic! x Kate
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  • What a romantic date night!! And another winner of a dress, of course 🙂
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  • Chrissabella

    The Venison Wellington looks to die for! Love your lace dress and super cute shoes.

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  • You looked amazing! The car driving buy out side the hotel was hilarious, perfect timing. Also I feel bad for the waiter who kept adding to much alcohol. But at the same time he seems like a bit of a fire hazard haha. You made a great choice ordering the surprise menu it looked delicious 🙂

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  • I’ve always wanted to have dinner at The Ritz. It looks so wonderful, and the food looks glorious! And I love your new dress!!

  • Sonia Justo

    such an amazing post, congrats, and you beautiful as usual 😉

  • What a stunning place, love your dress by the way.

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  • What a gorgeous place to enjoy dinner! All of your dishes look divine!

    xxChristie
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  • I love dining at the Ritz! But I think the really spectacular thing they do is afternoon tea, I remember going with my grandmother when I was really little and it was such a big deal and then we went again a couple years ago and it was still a big deal! (Oh and I think I want to raid your wardrobe if that’s okay with you)

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    xx

  • Ruth

    You’re outfit is lovely Rosie and the food looks amazing!

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    Ruth xx

  • I always walk past the Ritz and think it’s absolutely gorgeous, really fancy food and decor!

    Lauren x

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  • thesmellofroses2

    Great food photography! And I love your polka dot heels:)

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  • Your life is so glamorous! Looks like an amazing date night!

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  • Zanna Berlin

    Haha the SEXY pic is hilarious!! And dinner looks soooo delicious 🙂

  • Anna

    Love that dress and the place!!! It’s all so glamorous <3<3

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  • Saria Joseph B

    :O Oh My God! A very beautiful place, indeed! My mouth started watering at the sight of the food, and I find Myself wondering exactly how full You felt when You were done, haha!!

    Love the outfit!

    -SJay

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  • beautiful beautiful you and the location 🙂

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  • Francesca

    Wow what a beautiful venue. And you look so classy as always <3

    xo
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  • Emma and Emily

    What a lovely date! I’d love to be whisked off to the Ritz..

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  • Louise Brown

    This place looks so amazing, and that food! Loving your dress too, what a find!

    Louise x

  • There’s nothing better than beef wellington so I imagine venison wellington would blow my mind!
    Great post.
    one in every colour

  • Beautiful, Rosie! 🙂

  • Beatrice Reid

    You look gorgeous, that black dress looks amazing on you 🙂 Bea x

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  • What a glorious feast! The beef Wellington looks totally to die for. Such a lovely date!
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    Rosie x

  • Hayley Appleford

    Stunning, beautifully captured and your dress is great too !

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  • What a wonderful night out with such beautiful food and photos. I have a weekend away coming up that I don’t know what is happening for Valentine’s Day hopefully I can get some great photos 😀

  • I’m a big fan of the Ritz. Glad to hear you survived the flambeing intact!

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  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    Just bought that dress! Also, the ritz is the best date location!


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  • This looks and sounds like an amazing meal! What camera did you use for these photos?

    xx Kelly
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  • You look simply stunning, not just in what you are wearing but also your smile, you are radiating happiness 🙂

  • That looks amazing! I think I am due for some high tea 🙂

    Maybe I do a ritzy post myself soon 😉

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  • I went to the Ritz a while ago and LOVED it! Very jealous, must go again soon, you’ve planted the idea back in my head again!! You look lovely too x

  • Hattie

    I’m literally starving having just read this pre-supper!!

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  • First of all, love that dress on you. Second of all, the food looks amazing. i’ve actually not eaten at the Ritz before, i’ve never really considered it for dinner, looks like I might need to pay them a little visit 😀

    Mel x

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  • Amy Lau

    Awwh Rose you look absexlutely gorgeous!! <3

    That venison Wellington looked to die for. Literally trying to grab it off your plate through the screen!! Sharing is caring dammit 😛

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  • Charlotte

    Saw this dress on you and just had to buy it!!! May have brought it in white as well for the summer! xx
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  • Miss Sunshine

    Rosie, you look gorgeous as always.

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