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Thomas’s Café at Burberry: An elegant oasis of calm in the heart of London’s West End

Thomas’s Café at Burberry offers calm refined elegance and a spa like escape from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street just off the main thoroughfare on Vigo Street. Delivering a characteristic British, all-day dining experience, diners are invited to enjoy favourites such as the Sutton Hoo chicken salad, Bembridge lobster benedict, truffle crisps and the quintessentially British afternoon tea. The British aesthetic of the Burberry brand is embodied in everything from the stylish decor designed by The New Craftsmen to the signature dishes on the seasonal menu crafted by the chef.

Named after founder Thomas Burberry, Thomas’s is located across two floors of the 121 Regent Street flagship in London with a separate entrance on Vigo Street. Café style seating downstairs overlooked by large windows and the tempting Cake Table is joined by a more formal dining space upstairs in the restaurant.

Thomas’s serves an all-day menu of British classics, from breakfast to afternoon tea through to champagne and oysters. The ground floor café is great for grabbing a coffee or a quick bite to eat and the first floor restaurant is perfect for those looking to while away the time at a more leisurely pace.

Thomas’s menu is based on the finest seasonal produce from small farmers and artisan suppliers across Britain and showcases produce such as Secret Smokehouse Salmon, Sutton Hoo Chicken, Wye Valley asparagus and British cheeses like Cropwell Bishop, Montgomery’s Cheddar and Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire.

The peaceful ambience, stylish interiors and exceptional service make Thomas’s the ideal spot for working lunches, business meetings or simply a great place to share quiet conversation over a lunch with an old friend.

The lobster is a popular choice with diners – juicy succulent seafood served with chips or Benedict-style with English muffin and spinach. The Irish Carlingford oysters are an indulgent option for seafood lovers.

Also popular is the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea served later in the day.

This great British tradition is raised to new heights with carefully crafted cakes and superb sandwiches.

As soon as we arrived for lunch at Thomas’s Café at Burberry, we were whisked up the spiral staircase to the first floor restaurant and shown to our table by the window with the gorgeous Saturday afternoon sun streaming through the panes of glass. The light illuminated the beautiful flowers on the table and cast atmospheric shadows from the paned windows across the linen tablecloth as we perused the menu over a cheeky glass of Pinot Noir.

To start, we ordered some lighter dishes including Crab & Avocado Puff, Summer Garden Salad and six Oysters accompanied by the restaurant’s excellent sourdough bread and wine from the small but perfectly formed wine list.

The Crab Puff is made from 80% white crab meat to give a sweeter richer flavour to something that looks deceptively small yet really hits the spot for any seafood lover.

The Summer Garden Salad contains lots of fresh elements which all marry together to form a well-rounded dish that is much more than the sum of its parts. We loved the freshness of the ingredients and the interesting combination of flavours, textures and colour.

The Oysters were the star of the show and it’s no surprise these came highly recommended by our waitress. Large, plump seafood specimens that were perfect au naturel but even better with a dash of Tabasco or splash of mignonette sauce to brighten the flavours of the sea.

As the Saturday sun slipped behind some clouds, we moved on to the mains. My dining companion chose the Fish Pie – probably one of the best fish pies he said he’s had this year. The perfect ratio of filling to mashed potato topping made this a delight to savour and enjoy.

Small yet substantial, chunky pieces of cod and lemon sole keep their shape while the addition of sliced scallops in the creamy sauce take this dish to the next level.

The Sutton Hoo Chicken came highly recommended and it was easy to see why on the first bite – expertly cooked chicken breast without a hint of dryness was succulent with a flavoursome crispy skin perfectly complemented by a rich gravy served on the side.

The chicken is served with braised baby gem lettuce with a girolle mushroom sauce that was incredibly moreish and paired superbly with the flavour and texture of the juicy chicken.

To finish, we ordered Peach Melba to share. British peaches arriving early in the fruit season from Cheltenham in Essex are poached in a light syrup and served with plenty of ruby coloured raspberry purée to pour over top.

An absolute hit and the perfect dessert for spring with it’s fruity flavours and vibrant colour. The Peach Melba is normally served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream but if you’re avoiding dairy the chef will be happy to swap it for sorbet instead – in our case a delightful elderflower sorbet whose floral notes paired perfectly with the flavour of the peach.

Thomas’s Café at Burberry offers an elegant oasis of calm in the heart of London’s bustling West End. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly short menu – every dish on the spring menu is a winner from the small bites all the way through to dessert. If you’re looking for refined dining and quiet sophistication, look no further than this charming café celebrating the best of British.

Thomas Cafe at Burberry
5 Vigo St, Mayfair, London W1S 3HA
020 7806 8904
uk.burberry.com/stores/thomass-cafe/
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