Friday, 16 March 2012

Lunch at the Sanctum Hotel, Warwick Street, central London

A smart and sleek establishment just off Regent Street, the Sanctum Hotel's No.20 restaurant can be surprisingly quiet on a weekday lunchtime. That makes it a good place to talk, but a skeleton staff means service can be sluggish. Fish is well represented on the "modern British" menu, but there is also a decent selection for meat-eaters, including Cumberland sausages and beef and kidney pie (both about £17).   Featuring fat juicy prawns and chunks of salmon and pollock, topped with creamy mash potato and cheese, the fish pie is very good for £14.50.  A side order of vegetables costs a hefty £4 and the spinach can be a bit watery, but there will be enough for two. The shiny decor is a bit bling, but No. 20 is a comfortable place to chew the fat with a business contact. 7/10