There are a lot of reasons why you don’t have business meetings at home. Just think about the time you set up a video call with that headhunter and had to tidy your entire lounge, stage your bookshelf to hide all your trashy beach reads, and shove that polaroid of you bleary-eyed in Magaluf in a draw beforehand. Home might be the perfect place to binge on Netflix whilst wearing your duvet as a shawl, but unless you happen to live at 10 Downing Street, it’s not very likely that you’ll impress any clients there. But you will impress them at Wild Honey.
One of the reasons why this all-day restaurant inside the Sofitel hotel in St. James’s is peak business meal material is its affordable set menu options, from a speedy £23 two-course situation that will get you back to the office in time for that conference call - to their £49 set menu that offers a casual five courses. Even if your meeting turns out to be an absolute snooze, tucking into some vegetable soup, squid tagliatelle, and their excellent ‘chocolate soup’ feels entirely worthy of its £27 price tag. Especially once you look around and realise that you’re basically in the world’s chicest velvet padded cell. There’s very little about this setting that’s wild - we’ve never come across this much tan leather and gold detailing at a Strokes gig - but the space does remind us of honey. Partially because it’s all very smooth, but mostly because there are servers walking around shaving actual fresh honeycomb into people’s ice cream. See, impressive.
This place serves an ever changing seasonal menu, but you can expect things like Scottish partridge with apricots and sage, beef cheek ravioli, and roast heritage beetroot with black pudding. As well as sounding interesting, a lot of the food here sounds like it should have its own family crest. Don’t believe us? Well, all we’re saying is that if someone offered us a stay with The Provencal Figs or The Cornish Sardines, we’d pack our Sunday best and expect tennis courts. But most importantly, a lot of this food is also very tasty. We’ve had a burrata here that we almost gave a slow-clap, not to mention some Welsh lamb with sheep’s ricotta that made us reassess whether we’d be happier people if we relocated to the Brecon Beacons.
The thing is, if you come here and have a bad business meal, it’ll be because you left your laptop at home and attempted to display this quarter’s numbers through interpretive dance. Sure, it’s all a little too serious for a banging birthday party or a charming date night, but otherwise it’s very hard to go wrong at Wild Honey. The service is enthusiastic and attentive. The setting is sleek and entirely inoffensive. And if all else fails, there’s the ultimate power move of ordering the whole crisp pig’s head. Which - for many reasons - you probably can’t do at 10 Downing Street.
We’ve tried the Full English here, but there was something about the sweet potato and cauliflower hash here that has worked its way into that part of our brain purely reserved for great vegetable dishes. Our Ocado lobe if you will. A great way to start your day.
Perfectly tasty. Perfectly creamy. And a perfectly good way to start your meal here.
Some people, herein referred to as ‘the haters’, might say that chicken wings and cacio e pepe macaroni don’t belong on the same plate. The haters are wrong. This is a tasty starter that we’d definitely eat as a main.
Constructing this classic Bouillabaisse is pretty fun. Eating it is less so. The fish is excellent, but we wouldn’t hate it if the broth had a little more kick from the rouille.
We have a lot of questions. Good ones, like ‘who is Daphne?’ and ‘when can we marry her?’. This lamb is pink and tender, plus it goes with the ricotta an absolute treat.
Unlike that dramatic memory of dropping your Mr Whippy as a child, this dramatic fresh honey situation is very lovely. They come to your table with a big old chunk of honeycomb from the Cotswolds and carve it into your ice cream. Twelve quid feels a bit steep for such a small portion, but all in all it’s worth it.
Toasted rice can sometimes sadly look like a little bit like, well, err, maggots. That’s just a fact of life. But this chocolate heavy dessert is all the better for some crunch. Basically, a thick chocolate mousse that’ll put your Dairy Milk yoghurt pot to shame.