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From the moment you walk in you’re struck with an abundance of marble and high polished brass. Under the evening lights this place looks gold plated, with more guilding than your nan’s family bible its definitely one of London’s finest. The service is equally old fashioned yet attentive and unpretentious.
Greeted immediately by a conscientious concierge you’re already feeling part of a film noir plot. Art deco is rife and the devil really is in the detail. From the buttoned up bartenders to immaculately designed coasters you can almost instantly forget the streets of Soho outside and let the decadent surrounding sweep you both off your feet.
Open for lunch all the way to late dinner, Bob Bob Ricard is definitely a place to keep in mind if you’re looking to indulge, impress or just treat yourself at any time of the day. Do book ahead as weekends are particularly busy, however if you’re planning to snoop the place up before handing over your credit card, drop by Bobby’s Bar downstairs. Grab your suit jacket and high heels and enjoy a nightcap in style.
Following a decadent dinner just around the corner, we made our way to Bob Bob Ricard not quite knowing what to expect. Much like the grandesse found at its entrance, we were guided down to the basement where we found an even more lavish affair. Snug booths, dark mahogany and more marble created an intimate yet welcoming bar buzzing with clientele sipping from flutes, coupes and crystal tumblers.
Whilst upstairs is all about the food, Bobby’s is very much about the drink. The menu is something of wonderment, their signature is the Oyster Martini, with a fresh oyster and mixed with seawater. On paper a strange combination and not for the faint hearted but in reality the extreme salt against the subtle vermouth and dry gin did work. Although an addiction to salt (much like miss.B’s) and a strong pallet is recommended!
If you’re looking for drink that will capture your (or your partner’s) heart, the BBR’s signature Rhubarb Gin and Tonic. Crisp, slightly sweet and oh so easy to drink, the combination gives the trusted classic a new lease of life.
The cocktails can be pricey but if the bank balance allows then do explore the menu or opt for a glass of wine or bubbles form the extensive wine list. Through all the decadence and glamour, BBR prides itself on its affordable Champagne and wine selection with price comparisons of each bottle compared the lights of The Fat Duck and Gordon Ramsay at Claridges. So if you feel like you are getting a bargain on a bottle of Bollinger Grande Année Champagne at £98 then all that glitters really is gold at Bob Bob Ricard.
1 Upper James Street
London, W1F 9DF
Tel: 0203 145 1000