Mews of Mayfair: What’s not to like? (July 2017)

When the sun shines, you want to indulge in the enjoyable sport of people-watching and eat some pretty decent food, there are few places better in central London than Mews, a hidden Mayfair gem located just off Brook Street in Lancashire Court. For summer 2017 the front patio has been coated in fake grass, which adds to the ambience. Lunching here feels somewhat like being on holiday; or at least being able to relax, let go and shift away from the more immediate concerns of work. The menu at Mews is classic yet contemporary, with a range of salads, pasta, seafood, meats and even a curry. Starters come in at around £10-15 and mains at £15-30. My tuna and avocado tartare starter saw a lovely harmony achieved between the two integral elements of the dish, one serving as a wonderful foil to the other. The lobster spaghetti main also saw great balance between the ingredients: lovely meaty yet soft lobster, perfectly cooked pasta and a bit of tomato and chilli too, adding both colour and flavour. My comrade similarly rated his burrata starter and sea bass main. To conclude, we enjoyed a wonderfully decadent and beautifully ripe piece of truffled brie, an innovative idea which was perfectly executed. The wine list impresses here too and although we stayed at the cheaper end (with a French Picpoul), the bottle did everything expected of it. Service was friendly and efficient throughout. It was just a pity we had to leave and could not have lingered longer.