Dukes is a sweet little boutique hotel in Mayfair.
They’re not new or glitzy. If Dukes were a person, he’d be a old gent, sitting in his study with a pipe and a glass of whisky. Refined and relaxed.
The restaurant, Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham is something of a whippersnapper in comparison. Still quiet and relaxed, but a bit sexier.
Their new “Power Lunch” is a West End girl’s dream.
When you arrive, you’re greeted with a chilled glass of bubbly, a food menu and an ‘extras’ menu.
Essentially it’s lunch with a PA thrown in for free. Tick the boxes and the staff will run across town to pick up whatever you need.
I chose to have my phone charged, a fresh copy of Vogue, a birthday card and a speedy manicure. While the wonderfully accommodating staff rushed off, Holly & I were left to enjoy lunch.
We asked the sommelier to choose us a wine for each course. I much prefer to hand over control when it comes to wine. The pouilly fumÃ© on the right was my favourite by far.
Holly went for ham hock and pea ‘textures’. While I started with the mackerel fillet, smoked eel, watercress and crispy egg.
H moved on to hake with asparagus, jersey royals and langoustine.
I had braised beef, sticky cheek, mash and ‘flavours of burgundy’.
My favourite pudding was the chocolate slab with popcorn ice-cream and caramelised bananas.
As I put my fork down I was whisked downstairs for my manicure.
In and out in under an hour with a fully charged phone, niece’s birthday card, new magazine and new nails. Three courses are a very reasonable Â£28, obviously more if you drink and have spa treatments but seeing as you can barely buy a sandwich for Â£10 in Mayfair, I was impressed. Website here .
Who’s excited for the weekend? I think I might pop back to the country to spend some time with Custard. My wellies are looking a little too clean, time for a stomp through the woods I think. What are you up to? .