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Dalloway Terrace illuminating historic London

Dalloway Terrace illuminating historic London IMAGE: PR

Dalloway Terrace is set to illuminate an historic part of London that will forever be associated with the famous English writer, Virginia Woolf. Named after the eponymous character created by Woolf, Dalloway Terrace is nestled in the heart of Bloomsbury and will be a fully heated, indoor-outdoor, all-day dining venue.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Great Russell Street, it looks as though the creative team were given a clear brief for the space: elegant, quintessentially English and floral year-round (and all-around). It’s going to be like dining in a friend’s greenhouse if that friend were a stylish horticulturalist.

The chic, contemporary setting blends flawlessly with a sense of garden nostalgia — luscious green potted plants and good-looking interior drawing subtle design inspiration from the 1930s. And there seems to be a seamless transition to the menu which will feature a floral motif based on the technique of preserving flowers.

Dalloway Terrace will open at 7am daily, for light breakfasts followed by brunch and an all-day dining menu. Brunch sounds delightful — we’re looking forward to the Dorset crab on toast, watercress & apple and the Bloomsbury Club Sandwich with chunky chips.

The small plates on offer are ideal for sharing — however, they sound so tasty you’ll have to be quick with your forks. The selection includes seared tuna pickled radish with wasabi and arancini with wild mushroom, black truffle and mozzarella. For heartier options, main plates look to delectably satisfying: grilled tiger prawns, harissa aioli & lime and grilled aubergine, chilli hummus, feta crumble with rosemary bread. And in typical British affection, what’s a pudding menu without a bakewell tart? The Dalloway Terrace version comes replete with decadent pistachio ice cream too. There’s also a Valrhona dark chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream which we dare say will keep any chocolate craving curbed. Keep an eye out for afternoon tea too.

There’s a clear focus on cocktails too — fitting, given the relaxed, fresh appeal of the place. We particularly like the sound of Mrs Dalloway with Champagne, Courvoisier VSOP, sugar, Angostura bitters; or the Honeycomb Old Fashioned —a twist on the classic with Bourbon, honeycomb and orange. There’s an interesting selection of non-alcoholic cocktails also, made in conjunction with the Rare Tea Company. Expect options such as a Mintea Collins withlemongrass tea, ginger, apple, pear and Fever-Tree soda water; and a Berry Warming which fuses rooibos tea, pomegranate juice, spiced blackberry and raspberry shrub, almond syrup and marmalade.

Dalloway Terrace is the perfect gathering place where people can talk and hang out, do what family and friends love doing. It’s set to offer the peace and charm of a secluded secret garden throughout the colder months, and the perfect alfresco refuge in spring and summer. Moreover, the restaurant manager is Andrei Maxim, who brings with him more than 15 years’ industry experience, having previously worked at Maze by Gordon Ramsay in Mayfair — making it certainly on the straight and narrow for success.

Dalloway Terrace opens on 14th March

16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN

 

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