Michelin Guide status for the Ebury Restaurant and Wine Bar
We start the New Year with a triumph! After years of serving good food we have finally been included in the 2012 Michelin Guide.
“Going strong for over 50 years and as likeable as ever. Some imaginative touches but generally quite classic cooking. Dairy and gluten free menus offered, along with a keenly-priced wine list.”
The Michelin Guide 2012
Why not book a table and come in and try some of our excellent dishes for yourselves.
What the papers say
www.inSW1.com – Winter/Spring 2011
A Belgravia fixture for over 40 years, the Ebury is an appealing synthesis of new and old. Yes, there’s the dark wood panelling, and a garish trompe l’oeil fresco in the rear dining room, but don’t be deceived into thinking this is a mere refuge for aging Sloanes. The menu is happy to nod to grand French tradition, with dishes such as pork fillet with prunes and brandy, but the kitchen is also at ease with more Mediterranean flavours: the likes of roasted aubergine and chickpea compote, garnishing a fillet of sea bass. Simple grills are also available. A small front bar caters to those who just want to pop in for a quick drink from the eclectic wine list, which offers a good 30 choices by the glass. New and Old Worlds receive roughly equal billing. From the Rheingau region of Germany, Johannisberger Erntebringer riesling kabinett 2004 was packed with unpretentious charm. Time Out 2010
Families and couples head straight for well-prepared dishes in the restaurant at the back, such as rich, tasty rabbit terrine or succulent rack of lamb with sliced potatoes, garlic and thyme sauce. The selection of approximately 100 wines is to be commended for having nearly half of the total by the glass. The selection also manages to take in some good Italian whites, such as Piedmont’s Adelasia. Ebury is slick and well-mannered without any kind of style-bar fireworks.Time Out 2009
‘Frequently packed to the rafters with lots of tourists and locals stopping in after work, this reliably unchanging Belgravia wine bar/French bistro (50 years old and counting) in not a destination as such, but makes a great place to meet friends over a glass or bottle from the extensive list at fair prices, supplemented by consistently good eclectic fare; the trompe l’oeil murals never fail to amuse, as well’.
he self-styled gastro wine bar, now pushing 50, is in private hands again, after being acquired by one of its founder members. The Ebury is idiosyncratic and mildly eccentric with more than its fair share of characters. An eight-ounce fillet steak and minted new potatoes are still considered the sine qua non of a bonne table here, although chef Bernard Dumonteil does some wonderful franglais dishes such as devilled kidney vol-au-vent, and beef and onion suet pudding. Last year he created a Royal English menu to mark the Queen’s 80th birthday, with wines from the award winning Denbies Estate.
This bow-fronted Belgravia stalwart – open for more than 40 years – is an enduringly popular affair, its trompe l’oeil interior and enterprising wine list drawing a well-heeled crowd. The menu is an appealing mix of such dishes as home-cured Gravadlax with dill mayonnaise (£7.50), while grilled halibut served with confit Mediterranean vegetables might head-up mains (£18.95) and the short grill section could feature calves liver and bacon. Lime and lemon tart accompanied by a raspberry coulis (£5.50) might catch the eye at dessert. Wines come fashionably listed by style, with house from £13.50 and bags of choice-by-the-glass.
The Good Food Guide 2009
This long-standing wine bar (here for 40 years) offers a varied menu of Brit/Med influences to accompany an exciting wine list. Starters run to seared scallops with courgette blinis (£9.75) or Parmesan and herb-crusted sardines with tomato salad (£5.50). Steak and lamb grills are available from £16.50 or try a pave of salmon with roasted fennel and tomatoes (£12.75). Finish with chocolate and black cherry truffle cake (£5.50). The extensive wine list starts at £12.80.
The Good Food Guide 2008
Some say its ‘dated, dull and out of the 80s’ but we actually think the Ebury is a prime example of how a bit of care and attention can ensure longevity in the restaurant business. The evidence of a well-managed operation is everywhere, from the warm welcome to the fresh flower arrangements, while the classic dark wood décor still works a treat. Menus are surprisingly modern, with things like tuna sashimi with wasabi and teriyaki sauce or Moroccan lamb kebab and tabbouleh – there’s even crocodile tournedos – supplementing the usual grills. The bar is nice, too.
… After 40 years of business, it still retains its old-fashioned charm with oil paintings on dark-panelled walls and a faded garden mural on the back dining room. Despite the slightly stuffy interior, the restaurant menu has moved with the times. Adventurous options such as barramundi with asparagus and pan-fried kudu with sweet potato lyonnaise, supplement more familiar offerings of lamb and vegetable pie or fillet steak… The large wine list, which spans New and Old World options in the £15-30 bracket. More than 30 wines are available by the glass and half bottles also show up well.
Ebury Wine Bar, filled with young professionals, provides a cut-above atmosphere, delicious £15-18 meals… In the delightful back room, the fancy menu features modern European cuisine with a French accent; at the wine bar, find cheaper food that’s better than pub grub. This is emphatically a ‘traditional wine bar’ with only a few beers.
Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door