The Wallace Collection, a national museum in Marylebone W1 is not normally where I hang out on Saturdays, but I was recently told of the court yard restaurant – a hidden gem, a guarded secret, until now.
The Wallace Collection’s stunning courtyard is the glamorous location for Peyton and Byrne’s French-style brasserie.
How have I never heard of this stunning oasis before now? Flooded with natural light and dotted with trees and sculptures, the Wallace Restaurant offers al fresco dining in a sublime setting protected from both the elements and the bustle of the West End. I had a pear, blue cheese and walnut salad to start with which was delicious – the salty, sweet, sour, soft and crunchy flavours were alchemy. The girls had chilled pea soup with crème fraiche and olive oil and smoked salmon with horseradish. We took a break after our starters for some cocktails. The best of which was Miss Saigon. I couldn’t tell you what was in it but it was really very good. For main course we had crab and avocado, hake and caponata, and of course more cocktails. The food was classic French and wider European dishes and was all delicious. The real reason for coming to The Wallace though is the courtyard and the feeling of being outside when sitting inside. Perfect for this time of year when the wind is blowing hot and cold. This is the most perfect treat-your-mother venue… highly recommended and will definitely be going back in the summer. The London Whistler x The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, United Kingdom