Harrods Dining Hall
In the third instalment of a monumental two-year transformation of Harrods’ historic Food Halls, the store’s most original hall has been given a spectacular overhaul.
Designed by David Collins Studio, The Grade II* listed Dining Hall has been updated whilst keeping its most recognisable décor elements, such as the tiles and roundels from the 1920s.
The new room is a must-visit culinary destination in Knightsbridge, where locals, London foodies and Harrods shoppers alike can enjoy dishes made with specialist ingredients and the finest fish and meat, alongside handmade pasta.
Architects for the project were Woods Hardwick Ltd, and general contractors were Jaysam Contractors.
Formerly known as the Meat & Fish Hall, the new Dining Hall is designed to be an elevated experience, giving customers the chance to sit and enjoy produce sourced directly from the Roastery & Bake Hall and the Fresh Market Hall, prepared by Harrods’ own chefs.
Andy Cook, Executive Chef at Harrods, says of the new room: “The new Dining Hall is a dynamic, live experience celebrating the exceptional level of talent and service our team of 150-in house chefs and servers deliver daily to our discerning customers. Each menu offers a modern, seasonal and relevant take on traditional dishes, as well new and bespoke cocktails, all made in-house with the finest ingredients in the world.”
The refurbishment works included both restorative and new build elements within the 480 sq m space. The design palette includes elements of black timber, antique brass, black metal, embossed leathers of various colours and textured handmade glass.
Centre stage is The Wine Bar, where guests can choose from a menu of more than 100 wines by the glass. The menu has been curated by style, not by terroir to allow guests to explore wines within a flavour profile that they are familiar with.
umdasch The Store Makers was the company responsible for design engineering, manufacturing the furniture and installation services over a space of 480 sq m in the Harrods Dining Hall.
Using the Coravin preservation system for still wines and the Genii preservation system for sparkling, exclusive bottles are served by the glass and can be experienced in perfect condition for up to 12 months.
Wine connoisseurs can also select any bottle from a list of more than 1,000, sourced directly from the Fine Wines & Spirits department.
Additionally, customers are able to purchase a bottle of their choice from the department to enjoy at the wine bar. These bottles are served by Harrods team of sommeliers and are expertly chosen by Harrods wine buyers who have worked directly with chateaux and wineries to ensure perfect provenance. Bar snacks created by Harrods chefs as well as special dishes from Caviar House & Prunier are also available to complement the wide range of cuvées.
At The Fish Bar, the menu champions the best of British fish and seafood from the Fresh Market Hall, ethically caught and directly sourced by Harrods fish buyers and fishmongers.
The Grill showcases the finest meats, ranging from dry-aged beef, Wagyu and rotisserie chicken to seasonal game. The menu includes T-bone, fillet and porterhouse steaks, all cooked to order over a charcoal grill and served alongside a selection of sides.
Specialising in seasonal takes on traditional Italian recipes, The Pasta Bar is the go-to destination for fresh handmade pasta, with a daily changing menu.
Vineet Bhatia’s 26-seat restaurant, Kama by Vineet, introduces Harrods customers to a newly created menu by the world-renowned chef, featuring modernised regional Indian classics such as thali, and a variety of curries.
Meanwhile, the Sushi Bar offers speciality nigiri with a selection of sauces including truffle yuzu and traditional soy, while an expansion of Eddie Lim’s Asian offering is also available at the new Bao Kitchen on the Fourth Floor, where customers can enjoy a selection of dim sum, bao buns and rice bowls.
“The Dining Hall is a true celebration of everything we have to offer in our Food Halls,” says Harrods Director of Food, Chris Dee. “Not only is the food impeccably sourced by our team of expert food buyers, the creation of the dishes – which are all made in-house – is a live showcase of the talent and passion we have for food.”