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Discovering a local: Caxton Grill

Caxton Grill at The St Ermin’s Hotel has been open for a while now but last weekend was the first time Mr S and I made it there, despite the restaurant being only five minutes walk from our flat! I love exploring all the great restaurants in my local area of Victoria, and now I’m happy to add this one to my list.
Enter the hotel’s beautiful foyer with its high ceiling and chandeliers and head through the bar to the Caxton Grill. A modern space with a neutral colour palette, wooden tables and open terrace in the summer, ideal for a casual dinner close to Westminster. As soon we sat down we were offered an aperitif and as I’ve become even more in love with Bellinis since my trip to Venice and we ordered one each to lead us into the meal.
Bread at The Caxton Grill is excellent, with a perfectly chewy crust and served with a deliciously whipped butter. As a food blogger sometimes avoiding extras such as the bread basket is necessary, but definitely don’t do that here as the warm freshly baked bread is a real highlight.
With a glass of Spanish chardonnay poured for each of us, Mr S and I ordered some nibbles from the snack selection. A pair of cute cones, containing rosemary and garlic slow-roasted lamb with a pistachio and cornflake crumb was delicious. But even better was a light and beautifully presented salmon tartare in a tin.restaurant-review-caxton-grill-5restaurant-review-caxton-grill-23
My scallops in a lightly honied sauce with pomegranate seeds were perfectly cooked but I did think the portion was very small. I think three fat scallops would have been a more appropriately sized dish for a starter. restaurant-review-caxton-grill-24
Mr S’s starter of seared venison loin was better-sized and I loved the layering of flavours from the pickled mushrooms, parmesan and radishes. The restaurant’s newly appointed executive chef Alexander Boyd has created a menu that truly focusses on local ingredients, many of which come from the hotel’s own kitchen garden on the roof! Previously chef at The Mansion House, the residence of the Lord Mayor of London, Alexander has cooked for many important people including members of the royal family!
Having worked at London’s top seafood restaurant, Chef Alexander knows his fish, and I chose the daily special, a beautifully cooked sea trout with seasonal vegetables and light and delicate gnocchetti.restaurant-review-caxton-grill-28 restaurant-review-caxton-grill-29
At the restaurant a Josper Grill is used to cook meat and fish at a high temperature whilst retaining flavour and Mr S’s fillet steak from the grill was cooked perfectly rare. I found the texture a little chewy but he loved it and I will defer to him as the more frequent meat-eater. A vegetable side dish  of spinach, garlic and chilli and broccolli came straight from the hotel’s rooftop kitchen garden. Interestingly the hotel’s rooftop is also home to the hotel’s bees, 350,000 of them to be exact, producing honey for the restaurant.
Instead of dessert Mr S chose the platter of British and Continental cheese with chutney, oatcakes and apple and with some of my favourite soft cheeses in the selection, I really enjoyed it too. restaurant-review-caxton-grill-dessert
My beautifully presented dessert was a celebration of the St Ermin’s fruit garden, both sweet enough to satisfy a dessert lover but also light and refreshing, the platter contained hibiscus and apple jelly, fresh berries, an almond cake with perfect texture, delicious blueberry and yogurt ice cream, and my favourite bit, a little blueberry marshmallow.

We were really pleased to make another local discovery, and I can foresee many return visits in the cosy setting of The Caxton Grill with its friendly service and tasty food.


The Caxton Grill
St. Ermin’s Hotel
2 Caxton Street

0207 227 7777

Our meal was complimentary.

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  • This looks divine, your dessert was so pretty! I’m always trying to explore my local area, so often we forget to.

  • You know, I’ve been silently making a note of all your Victoria restaurant recommendations now that my moving date to South West London is drawing ever closer! Can’t wait to eat my way across SW London! 😋

    Summertime Sadness – Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • Oooh I look forward to you being my neighbour and lots of foodie trips.

  • I arranged a work event there years ago – it was good then but looks like its even better now. Love the giant tin with the salmon tartare

  • I love that they get their veg from their own garden! (And that bread does look super tasty!) x

  • How nice that they make their own honey! I enjoyed an unlimited champagne afternoon tea here a couple of years ago and loved it

  • I enjoyed dinner here when Adam Handling had residency but the food even looks nicer!

    I know we usually go for the same dishes but I’m with Charles on the rare steak! It looks amazing!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

    • He loved that steak! I like it rare too, I just found this one a little chewy.

  • Glad you had a good meal! I went a few years ago and enjoyed it, bit felt that the service could use some improvement. Did you find that, or has it improved?

    • I found the service really friendly and personable. I think there’s been a few changes there.

  • St Ermin’s is such a pretty place to visit and your dessert looks 👌it’s so nice when effort is taken with something simple.

  • Mehreen A

    Loving the look of that steak! Beautiful pictures Angie 🙂

  • Gary J Berry

    That steak though!!

  • TravelWithNanoB

    Never heard of a restaurant having their own bees, love it!

  • Ooo this place looks DELISH!!! Those lamb cones are super cute, and I love the solid food combinations they offer. Agreed on stingy scallops, though everything else looks perfect! Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions