London Restaurant Festival: British classics with views at Skylon Grill

It’s London Restaurant Festival month once again, and that can only mean one thing! Skylon Grill were offering a 3-course meal for £30 overlooking the River Thames – what could be better?

Skylon bar

Skylon Grill, located in the Southbank Centre (added bonus) is a 5-minute walk from Waterloo Station, 2-3 minutes from The London Eye.

Decor in Skylon

Inside, the interiors are chic with plush seating and a cocktail bar that exudes sophistication and retro-style design. Boasting incredible views of the London skyline, this is a restaurant that needed to be tried out.

Starter – warm English peaches

We were excited to try the London Restaurant Festival menu. Being a massive fan of peaches, for my starter, I went for the English peach salad which was mixed with sweet chicory, tangy blue cheese, crunchy walnuts and a sweet orange dressing. The salad was perfect as the peaches were perfectly ripe and sweet and the blue cheese brought the dish together.

Starter – sardines

My husband, a fan of sardines went straight in for sardines on toast with juicy cherry tomatoes, black olives and a salsa verde to bring the dish together. The sardines were moist and perfectly cooked.

Mains – hake

For mains, my husband (sticking to his pescatarian week well) went for the Cornish hake with crushed potatoes, kale, artichoke and caper butter sauce. The fish was cooked perfectly and beautifully seasoned – it melted in the mouth. The kale was crispy and the caper butter sauce was tangy, bringing another level of taste to the dish.

Mains – chicken

I went for a classic English dish – corn-fed chicken breast, with lentils, cabbage and baby onions. The chicken was moist and perfectly seasoned and the lentils and barley were rich and soothing. The crispy kale was a nice touch bring a different texture to the dish. A dish that was perfect for the chilly winter evening.

To accompany our mains, we ordered a side of triple-cooked chips which were crispy on the outside and creamy in the inside. I also ordered some chantenay carrots that were slowly roasted in honey, dill and butter. It was moreish and the sauce gave the carrots a buttery taste.

Dessert – apple crumble

Although we’d had had 2 generous courses so far, we always have room for dessert! My husband loves British puds so went straight in for the apple crumble with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. The apples were perfectly cooked and were coated in cinnamon. The crumble itself was crispy. Simply delicious!

Dessert – chocolate brownie sundae

I went straight in for the recommended dessert of the evening – the chocolate brownie ice cream sundae topped with pecan nuts and small coffee meringues. The dessert was rich and a chocolate lover’s dream – rich, indulgent and creamy.

With beautiful views overlooking the London skyline, there is no better place. I’m sure I’ll be back at Skylon Grill to try out that corn-fed chicken. Stunning.


Skylon Grill

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

About Samirah Baurtally

After living in the Middle East for 7 years, Samirah returned back to the melting pot of the UK - London. Samirah's favourite cuisine is a toss between Arabic & Persian food but has recently developed a taste for sushi. When Samirah isn't baking, cooking or watching world cinema, she can be found hosting a cake stall at her local fair or buying quirky decor for her new flat.

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