The Rivington Grill London

The Rivington Grill London

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British in London - Shoreditch
28-30 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3DZ
+44 (0) 20 7729 7053

With an elegant setting, the Rivington Grill Bar serves an array of modern British dishes including devilled kidneys, bangers 'n' mash, ribeye steaks, salads, smoked haddock and braised beef in guinness to name but a few meals. They also have a deli on the premises.
Tags: british, grill, restaurant, seasonal, smart, vegetarian dishes

The Rivington Grill London Reviews

So-so - I took my mum here when she was last in town - I'd heard the food here was good old-fashioned british done really well and was really excited to go.

I had potted shrimps for a starter (really really good) but can't even remember what I had for my main course, it was that bland. Mum had rabbit, what was OK.

The thing that ruined it for me is that we were seated by a large neon light (is it art? I don't know) that was on the wall. Firstly, it made my eyes hurt, and secondly, it made all the food on my plate look weird.

I'd go back for breakfast as I hear its reasonably priced but would never eat here after dark again, if only for that horrible light.  
Tags: , british, grill, restaurant

Rating  2

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hits and misses - I used to go here a lot for breakfast when I freelanced in the area, but recently went for dinner with some friends. It was a whole different experience.

Warning: mini rant. We had a table booked for four, but a fifth friend wanted to have a little drink before she went somewhere else. The maitre'd pulled a chair over from the other table and we shared a bottle of wine. One of the waitresses then came over, told my friend she couldn't sit there (because they needed the table) even though we explained the situation and made her stand up while she got a chair from somewhere else. She was pretty rude about it too. To add insult to injury, the diners at the adjeacent table didn't turn up for an hour after my friend had left.

Food-wise, half the table loved their dinner, the other half were so-so. If you've actually ever had real bubble and squeak, then you probably won't like the one here - 'posh' caff food is never quite right. Also ask for your egg runny if that's how you like it- otherwise it might come cooked to a crisp.

Overall, the Rivington is nice for quick after-work dinner, but after the last experience I won't be going back in a hurry.  

Rating  3

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"too busy" to serve us - I went with a party of over twenty people for a Christmas dinner, booked some months ago. The service was so slow and so poor as to be almost laughable (if we were not paying quite so much, needless to say) but the attitude was a lot less funny.

I had my knife taken away so I could have a steak knife but was then left with a steak and no knife at all. I was given the wrong dish, promised a glass of wine which never arrived, side orders arrived after the meal had finished, glasses were removed while still being used – you get the picture.

We had a glass of wine with our starters, but then waited almost an hour for any more bottles of wine to appear. One of our party managed to track down our elusive waiter and asked him to bring some. When, after a further twenty minutes and none had appeared and some people had almost finished their meals, I went to see the lady who appeared to be in charge of this particular comedy act. As I began speaking to her, our harried waiter arrived and interrupted me, saying “I know, I know, I know. I’ve been too busy”.

Too busy? Sorry? Is that my fault? Do I care? Christmas dinner, no wine (isn’t that where they make their margin), no service to speak of but plenty of attitude. As opening a bottle of wine is hardly rocket science, I found myself saying “Give me four bottles and a corkscrew and I will do it for you.” Hardly an enjoyable night out if you have to battle to get any service or civility.

To be totally fair, they reduced the bill in acknowledgement that we’d had less than impressive service. But I would have liked to apply a negative service charge. As it was we paid close to £1,500 for indifferent food and the worst service I have experienced in any restaurant for many, many years. I won’t be going back.  

Rating  1

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Perfect performance - I can't commend The RG enough - I was there on Sunday for lunch and from the minute we were seated I had a hunch we were in for a treat. This was, I think, because before we'd so much as picked up the menus all of those other factors that in my view play such an important part of the overall dining experience were in evidence: professional staff - warm, welcoming, efficient; smart but relaxed atmosphere - that feeling of "being somewhere" without any snootiness, and a low hubbub of conversations around us; great space - rectangular corner space with doors open at both ends providing intermittent puffs of fresh air; simple interior - all white walls and tablecloths/ plain wooden chairs. You're getting the picture right? So all of that set the tone for the afternoon. I went for seafood - smoked mackerel with pickled cucumber and samphire, followed by wild salmon. The smoked mackerel was utterly sublime - delicately flavoured and perfectly matched with the greenery. I couldn't fault the salmon - clearly very fresh and accompanied by tiny but succulent clams. My companion selected off the special menu (which features a range of dishes revolving around one key seasonal ingredient - heritage toms at the moment) and moved on to a Brymore Farm veal chop with wild mushrooms, which I can verify was delicious (albeit very fatty - although the secret no doubt to its moistness...). We thought the wine list covered all bases/ offered an appropriate range of options to match the menu and although most of the beverage list does wander right away from Britain, diners can (and we did!) round off on Somerset apple bandy - gorgeous accompaniment to The RG's own chocolate truffles. Champagne, 2 courses, a bottle of wine, coffee/truffles and digestif for 2 cost around £150.  
Tags: British, seasonal, smart

Rating  5

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