Tucked away in the heart of Bloomsbury lies London’s cosiest autumn lunch spot, Dalloway Terrace. Ben and I have loved The Terrace ever since we discovered it at a literary afternoon tea hosted by our dear friend Angie. Every season, Dalloway transforms to match the time of the year. We last visited when they launched their Spring Jungle which was an incredible tropical escape from Oxford Street.
Designed and brought to life by the amazing Nikki Tibbles (Wild At Heart). Dalloway Terrace has received a ‘glowing golden makeover’. Transformed into an autumnal woodland and filled with copper and golden foliage, the Terrace is a golden oasis. It feels as though you’re picnicking in the most beautiful enchanted woodland in the heart of London.
Giant Acorns hang from the ceiling as real cork bark climbs up the walls and thousands of gold, copper, brown and red leaves drape from the floor to ceiling. We were at The Terrace for lunch. But most tables were enjoying the Acorn afternoon tea which also looked incredible.
We started with a bottle of Provence Rosé with Scallop Sashimi with shaved fennel, pink grapefruit, lime, pomegranate and chilli. The staff took Ben’s Fish and seafood allergy extremely seriously, and strongly advised against him having the tostados which are fried in the same oil as the fish and chips. Instead, he had the Fragrant Thai Rolls with ginger and sesame dipping sauce which he felt was a little overpowering.
Ben’s main more than made up for his starter. Rack of lamb with charred squash, peas and salad verde. My main was simple but delicious. Whole Dover Sole Meuniére served off the bone. We had steamed creamed spinach, mashed potato and purple sprouting broccoli.
The pudding menu looked incredible, but we had a special invitation to pop downstairs to The Bloomsbury Club Bar. The bar is one of my favourites in London. Right underneath the hotel, the bar is a great place to head to as the weather gets colder, the days get darker and the nights get longer. The bar takes inspiration from the lives of the famous ‘Bloomsbury Set’. A group of associated writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists in the 20th century.
“The Bloomsbury Set rejected Victorian ideas of religion and explored new sources of spiritual meaning– through their art and writing, their kinships, and belief in an inter-connected universe. Inspired by a special deck of Tarot cards, designed in 1910 by bohemian occultist Pamela ‘Pixie’ Colman Smith. The set of 14 cocktails correspond to 14 states of mind or being.” The Cocktail Diviner was the reason we had popped to Dalloway in the first place.
No pictures of the Diviner are allowed. But essentially, you place your hands on the box and it chooses the perfect cocktail for you, based on your emotional state at that time. The cocktail acts as an antidote for your mood. Such a fun idea and a great way to break the ice on a first date!
We ended the day in The Coral Room, after attempting to try all 14 of the cocktails in the Bloomsbury Club Bar. We failed, so will definitely have to go back to try the rest!