I rarely go out on Saturdays. Instead I usually work, or sleep in, or languish around the house trying to recover from Friday night. All too often it slips by completely in the run up for prepping for Saturday night.
I decided to make this Saturday an event. I had a modest Friday night, got to bed early, then rose with the sun (okay, the alarm) for a morning at the spa, followed by drinks at The Dorchester and lunch just around the corner at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley.
It can feel weird dressing up and making an effort so early in the weekend. But there is no place like London for a spot of Satur day-drinking. The piano room at The Dorchester has buttery soft leather chairs to sink in to and a fireplace, perfect for these cold February days. The Bloody Mary’s are made with yellow tomato juice and served tall in cut crystal glasses over golf ball-sized ice cubes. One zingy sip is the perfect ode to midday.
There’s nothing I love more than a long, late afternoon lunch. Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley offers a special 5-course set lunch on Saturdays, which includes cheese. With a carefully chosen bottle of wine or two (the wine list reminds me of the binder of CDs I used to keep under the seat in my car), you just sit back and chat lazily while you await each dish to glide across the room your way.
The quail with kohl rabi and caper raisin puree was my favourite!
Save room for the water-based chocolate truffles at the end. They even give you a little bag of homemade brittle to take home.