Scott's

Price guide: Expensive

20 Mount Street, London, W1K 2HE

Price guide: Expensive

Smoked haddock with poached egg and mustard sauce

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#40 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
3.6
3.6
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Celebrity spotting, People watching, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of Scott's

Scott’s has long passed Nobu as the celebrity hangout of choice in London.

Google images of Scott’s of Mayfair and most of what comes up seems to involve Keira Knightley, Lily Allen or Nigella Lawson. Even celebrities from abroad know it’s the place to be seen, providing rich pickings for the paparazzi, and a frisson of excitement should you happen to see someone famous at the next table. Otherwise, this convivial spot is pleasingly understated and bookings aren’t hard to snare.

Food and drink: 

Choice is extensive but rest assured all the fish are responsibly caught from sustainable waters. Oysters, served from an imposingly modish crustacea bar, are the speciality, which behooves a business that started life in 1851 as an oyster warehouse: expect around four local varieties, served au naturel or with wild boar sausages. Herring melts and cods’ tongues tempt with their rarity but I find it hard to pass up the razor clams or dover sole. There’s a handful of meat and game main courses, plus a separate menu for vegetarians and vegans, so even fish-avoiders feel welcome here.

Ambience: 

Wood panelling, spacious booths and mirrored screens give an old world charm that’s tastefully balanced by contemporary British art.

Service: 

Fabulously friendly and courteous, even to us nobodies.

Location: 

About ten minutes’ walk from Green Park tube or Oxford Street, and fairly close to Hyde Park.

Price advice: 

Assuming you don’t start with a bottle of champagne, you will easily spend £120-£150 on a three-course meal for two.

Other useful branches: 

On the same road is the Mount Street Deli, also owned by Caprice Holdings, which serves coffee, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea - see www.themountstreetdeli.co.uk for further details.

More information on Scott's :

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Seafood
Address:
20 Mount Street, London, W1K 2HE
Telephone:
020 7495 7309
Website:
http://www.scotts-restaurant.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-10.30pm, Sun noon-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
fish and chips, oysters

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