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Getting Meaty at the Holborn Dining Room

I’ve often mentioned on my blog that I’m not a big meat eater, I’m more of a salmon or SushiSpoon than a SteakSpoon. But when I was invited to a steak testing at one of my bucket list restaurants with the opportunity for a kitchen tour and the chance to meet the chef, I couldn’t say no despite my lack of carnivorous preferences.

Today I would be ticking Holborn Dining Room off my bucket list….

The beautiful modern brasserie is located in the uber glamorous Rosewood Hotel, a venue that is worth a visit alone!

Our large group gathered on the long table and wine was poured in anticipation of the pending feast.


We were served an appetising array of starters to share including lobster thermidor tart, Cornish diver scallops with cured bacon, white pudding and truffle scotch egg, devilled lambs kidneys and salted baked beetroot with goats curd. Everything was just perfect, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t get a picture of the beetroot, as that was my favourite.
At the helm of the kitchen is Chef Calum Franklin who has worked at many renowned restaurants such as the Ivy, Indigo at One Aldwych and as the Senior Sous Chef at Roast in Borough Market. The chef had headed down south to select the steak for tonight as part of The Cornwall Project, a collaboration between Cornish suppliers and London chefs…
Next came the star of the night….
….Chef Calum had selected a 50 days aged Dexter sirloin for us to try out that night.

Now firstly let me explain myself… I’m not a pescatarian but as I love fish so much I very rarely order meat in a restaurant. However, I regularly sample Mr S’s food so that I can comment on it for my blog, so I’m hardly meat free! Having said that I was worried that the steak would be wasted on me…But actually I think Chef Calum may have converted me, the meat just melted in my mouth it was so perfectly sourced and cooked!



Also on the table were perhaps every different type of potato imaginable: fries, roasties, mash plus a bowls of parsnips.




And finally, rather generously, Chef tested out his new dessert menu on us including from top to bottom:


Bread and butter pudding
Bramley apple crumble (my all time fave)
Yorkshire Rhubarb jelly with gingerbread ice cream (rhubarb fans at one end of the table hogged this one)
Holborn Blackforest coupe
Warm chocolate poached pear.
Then, the man himself was kind enough to come out and pose for a picture with me before giving us all a tour of the kitchen!
Admittedly, fish is still my firm favourite, but it was amazing to try the incredible quality of meat cooked to perfection by Chef Calum. Thank you for having me, I certainly hope to come back for more!Holburn Dining Room
The Rosewood Hotel
252 High Holburn
WC1 7EN020 3747 8633Our food at Holborn Dining Room was complimentary 

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  • Wow everything looks scrumptious!!

    Josie XOXO
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    • Those desserts! I could eat that crumble again now!
      Lots of love,

  • 50-day aged steak – sounds mouth-meltingly delicious!

    • It must just get better by the day!
      Lots of love,

  • This looks so good! I walk past this place all the time going to work and I always wonder what it is like – I need to go and try it soon! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • 100% I loved everything about it!
      Lots of love,

  • I'm also more of a fish person, but meat that is beautifully cooked is hard to beat! It sounds like a great experience 🙂 x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

    • It was a brilliant evening!

  • That Dexter sirloin steak does look fabulous, and as for the desserts!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • I know, it was great to be able to try so many of them!
      Lots of love,

  • As a major carnivore this sounds right up my street.

    Victoria x

    • You'd love it then!
      Lots of love,

  • Looks like you had a fab time. I love your picture of the scotch egg and all those puddings 🙂 x

    • The scotch egg was just cooked so perfectly!
      Lots of love,

  • Lobster thermador tart?! Sounds heavenly!


    • I know! Decadence!

  • Oooooh I've never dined at The ROsewood before but that scotch egg is calling to me like a siren on the rocks! A siren made of thinly sliced beef on hot rocks in the middle of a table at a Japanese restaurant that is. I'M COMING, SIRENS! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • I know, it's so amazing! Though not much veg stuff for Henry, lots of fish though 🙂
      Lots of love,

  • It sounds incredible! xx

    • The whole night just had an amazing atmosphere

  • I love the Rosewood and this may be somewhere that makes it on to my dining hit list too!

  • I am a steak fiend, having Gatro Grill as a firm favouirte I need to hunt pardon the pun and try this restaurant out. The challenge now is that I know what a good steak tastes like most fall short the best ever was up the CN Tower would you believe. It was melt in your mouth delicious. The dessert are wonderful spins on true classics look divine Lucy x

    • Lol! I've been in the restaurant in the CN tower, but I was only 12, I probably had a burger!
      Lots of love,

  • Everything looks so delicious! I've wanted to go here for a little while. You and I at a surf n' turf meal would be a perfect match Angie to share the foods!

    Katie <3

    • Lol! Sounds good! Steak n' prawns
      Lots of love,

  • Mmm, it's not often that I read a restaurant review and find myself coveting every single dish in the photos! I can imagine how good the beetroot and goat's curd was – such an amazing flavour combination 🙂 I love fish too, but an excellent cut of meat, perfectly cooked, is never something I'd sniff at! xx

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