Restaurant Review: Shepherd’s of Westminster

We visit a Westminster institution that’s famed as a favoured haunt of the political set

This beautiful, classy, elegant and calm venue, only a five-minute wander away from Pimlico station, Westminster and the Thames riverbank, is a dream spot for the perfect date night. With previous owners including famous restaurateur Peter Langan and Sir Michael Caine, the restaurant is now in the hands of veteran Conservative lobbyist Lionel Zetter, who has given it a revamp after its closure in 2013.

My friend Emily and I were met by the politest and most attentive of staff, who took our coats and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and at ease. Em even rocked up in her trainers after having cycled over to meet me and was ready to pop on some high heels when she was told that she was quite welcome to keep her flats on. How nice is that?

We were shown to a table by the window that was partly enclosed and booth-like, ideal for a private catch-up and girlie gossip under the mellow sound of smooth jazz music humming in the background.

As we glanced around this stylish venue with its velvety rustic hues and soft green leather seating, charming candle-like wall lights and immaculately clean mirrors brightening up the room, we both instantly agreed that our first impressions were exceedingly good.

Swiftly guided to scan over the wine and champagne list, we naturally, as most ladies do, gravitated towards a glass of fizz to take the edge off our busy working days – the perfect sparkly choice to start our evening.

For starters, Emily rightly selected the rock oysters, which came with a splash of frozen Granny Smith granita. I have to confess that I’d never eaten oysters before, and I was successfully tempted to try one. To my surprise, they were absolutely incredible; very fresh, albeit freezing cold. I also enjoyed a beautiful plate of thinly sliced Scottish scallops served with picked melon and ricotta; they were delicious and I’d highly recommend them to anyone visiting.

We then tucked into our mains, which arrived at a good pace after the first course. Emily chose the pearl barley with wild British mushrooms and duck egg, and I requested the barbecue Welsh veal breast with English grape and chard. Both dishes were pure delight, cooked to absolute perfection with rich, well-proportioned flavours. With a glass of vin rouge in hand, we were pretty rosy-cheeked and happy ladies.

For dessert, the organic peanut parfait is not to be missed, and the Eton Tidy (no place for “Mess” here) was just divine.

This restaurant is way up there in being one of the best places I’ve reviewed for the Soulmates Blog, priced very well for the service and food that you experience. I would urge you all to book a visit there and then perhaps go for a little stroll down the river with your crush to walk off the delight that you’ll certainly indulge in. Emily and I would both like to be taken back there, boys – just sayin’.

Thank you to the Shepherd’s of Westminster staff for such a great evening.

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