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Des de Moor
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Accredited Beer Sommelier
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Bar Boulud SW1

Boulud, SW1

London’s Best Beer, and Bars updates
Central London: Kensington, Chelsea and Earls Court

, bar (Boulud)
66 Knightsbridge SW1X 7LA
T 020 7201 3899 w
Open 1200-0100 (2400 Sun). Children welcome until early evening.
Cask beer None, Other beer 8 keg, 6 bottles, Also Cocktails, specialist spirits, wines.
Food Charcuterie, cheese, French & US comfort food. Disabled toilet.
Tastings, bridge society.

Hopefully it will soon no longer be unusual to find great beer wherever quality drinks are sold, but as things stand the swish upmarket bar with a fine beer list remains a rarity. So it’s pleasantly surprising to find a decent range of beer options among the cocktails and fine wines in a corner of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, just down the road from Harrods, especially since the bar was created by a Frenchman. But then Daniel Boulud also has a similarly named joint in New York City, where craft beer has a more prestigious image, and he’s clearly got good taste.

Smartly dressed head bartender Fabio is as enthusiastic about the beers dispensed from the shining zinc counter top as you’d expect the landlord of a good real ale pub to be – they include decent British lager Cotswold, BrewDog Punk IPA, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted and classic Bavarian wheat beer Schneider Weisse on tap, plus choices from London’s Redchurch brewery and Harviestoun’s cask aged Ola Dubh in bottle.

The beers are attracting increasing attention so the list may well grow further. Expect to pay at least double pub prices, however, to enjoy them in a stylish and relaxed bistro-style environment with attentive staff and a mix of seating creating numerous attractive spaces. Non-dining drinkers are welcome at the bar, though the simple, high quality food is better value than you might expect, with a reasonable three course prix fixe deal and tempting tasting plates of gourmet cheese and charcuterie from the UK, France and Italy. Note there’s a smart casual dress code.

Underground Knightsbridge Cycling LCN+5, Hyde Park paths Walking Jubilee Greenway, Princess Diana Memorial Walk

2 comments to Bar Boulud SW1

  • Pete Burbidge

    Good afternoon Des

    I am writing on behalf of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and Bar Boulud, London.

    We just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful article, Fabio is particularly happy. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit so much and look forward to seeing you at Bar Boulud, London again soon.

    Just a small point we thought we should bring to your attention – the chef-patron behind Bar Boulud, London is Daniel Boulud, not Mark Boulud.

    Have a lovely weekend and stop by and see us again soon.

    Kind regards

    Pete Burbidge

  • Des

    Thanks, Pete, not sure what happened there calling Daniel Marc but it’s now corrected.

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