I’ve been to Belgraves Hotel a few times for drinks but never to eat. Having met the gorgeous chef Sophie Michell a couple of times, I’ve always been meaning to. Her bubbly personality and warmth are infectious and as soon as I was invited to review her restaurant, Pont St, I leapt at the chance. Pont Street

The evening started with The Belgraves Breeze, a signature vodka cocktail with blackberries and cinnamon liquor for me and …

Pont Street Belgraves Hotel

… a vodka martini for him.

Pont Street Belgraves Hotel

Together the OH and I enjoyed the crudités …

Pont Street Belgraves Hotel… crispy squid …

Pont Street Belgraves Hotel

… and seabass ceviche. Fresh ingredients in abundance, perfectly seasoned, we felt we chose well with the starters.

Pont Street Belgraves Hotel

The OH and I both ordered a glass of Sancerre.

Pont Street Belgraves Hotel

I sipped mine with my slow roasted pork belly, poached quince and savoy cabbage, which I had with …

Pont Street Belgraves Hotel… truffle & parmesan hand-cut chips.

Pont Street Belgraves Hotel

The OH had the coconut fish curry with hake, squid, mussels and prawns that came with some rice and coconut & chilli sambel.

Pont Street Belgraves Hotel

We were at Pont St on a Sunday evening. The atmosphere was very relaxed and I think the diners around us were staying at the hotel. But Pont St doesn’t look like it’s just for hotel guests, not least because I know locals pop into the bar upstairs too. If you’re looking for somewhere good to eat that is away from the sometimes chaos of Knightsbridge or if you’re simply looking for somewhere off Sloane Street to try then Pont St is a good spot – especially if you love fish.

Disclaimer: The evening was complimentary for the purpose of the review and hand on heart, this hasn’t swayed my opinion. I have seen a not so tasteful review online which was written a year and a half ago and all I can say is that since Pont St was first reviewed the restaurant has most probably upped its game. After all, another review from the same publication gives Pont St 7/10.

Pont St, 20 Chesham Place, London, SW1X 8HQ

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The first time I encountered Bottlegreen’s elderflower cordial was when I tried Grey Goose’s Le Fizz at the Grey Goose Taste By Appointment event last year. You might also remember me writing about Bottlegreen’s limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pomegranate and Elderflower cordial last year too. Well, last week I revisited Bottlegreen’s delectable offerings on the wonderful roof terrace of Belgraves Hotel. (If you haven’t checked out this hotel’s bar and terrace, I thoroughly recommend you do. It’s a veritable gem in the heart of Belgravia.)

At this event, I learned that Bottlegreen had a lot more to offer the palate than the wonderfully refreshing drink Le Fizz, which it has become well-known for in bars and clubs.

Le Fizz with Bottlegreen Elderflower

Bottlegreen’s elderflower sparkling drink is also a great accompaniment for gin. Or so my friend tells me …

Gin and Tonic with Bottlegreen

I, on the other hand, have about three or four more months of mocktails and so sipped (and thoroughly enjoyed) the pomegranate with Bottlegreen’s elderflower sparkling.

Elderflower and Pomegranate - Bottlegreen

Life can get a bit boring when you can’t drink alcohol, even when everyone is telling you that you are glowing: a lack of cocktails and vino would do that to you. 😉 But at Bottlegreen’s event I really enjoyed knocking back these mocktails!

But drinks weren’t the only delights on the menu. Bottlegreen and Chef Sophie Michell also surprised us with an array of elderflower-inspired dishes.

They included various canapés, of which my favourite was the crab. All had an element of elderflower in their recipes, which complimented the fresh ingredients perfectly. Admittedly though I didn’t try the smoked salmon canapés but my friend said that it was her favourite dish of the night.

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There was also the lamb with elderflower jelly, which was divine. The succulent lamb married up with the very delicate flavouring of the elderflower jelly was a perfect match.

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And finally, there were desserts of which I had the jelly (twice!). Again, the flavours were surprisingly delicate and enjoyable.

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Who would have thought that elderflower cordial could be included in such a variety of dishes?

Bottlegreen’s website has a range of recipes you can experiment with at home. So if you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, here they are: Cocktails, Main Dishes, and Desserts. Enjoy!