Inside Harrods' Newly-Renovated Dining Hall
London's most iconic store has unveiled a David Collins Studio-designed revamp.
This summer, Harrods launched another phase of the two-year restoration of its iconic food halls. The Grade II-listed space that was once the site for its fresh meat and food counters has been transformed into a remarkable dining hall.
Guests are welcomed into the new hall by a buzzing atmosphere, beautiful stone pillars, and floor-to-ceiling art deco tiles. The redesign came at the hands of the David Collins Studio and the ceiling alone is a sight to behold: high arches and 1920s hand-painted tiles with pops of colour cast a glow across the room.
“The concept celebrates the exceptional level of talent and service of our team of 150 in-house chefs and servers. With access to some of the best ingredients in the world and all made in-house, we are able to offer really exciting dishes—from the Lobster cheese toastie at the Fish Bar to the fresh handmade pasta at the Pasta Bar,” says Executive Chef Andy Cook.
Aside from the Fish Bar and Pasta Bar, the Dining Hall also has a Wine Bar with over 100 wines by the glass and 1,200 bottles, a Sushi Bar where chefs slice the incredibly fresh sashimi right in front of you, The Grill where premium butchers’ cuts are cooked to perfection on a charcoal grill, and finally, Kama by Vineet, which serves up regional Indian dishes by India’s first Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia.
One of the highlights of the Dining Hall is that diners can choose to sit at each of the different bar counters to get a front row view of the action or they can opt to take one of the intimate corner booths and order a combination of dishes from the different sections. Along with the popular lobster cheese toastie, star dishes include rigatoni cacio e pepe with pecorino and kampot pepper from the Pasta Bar, Australian wagyu fillet from The Grill, and English rock oysters with pickled ginger and ponzu from the Fish Bar.
The Harrods Dining Hall has achieved a difficult feat—it tastefully transports guests back into a time of opulence and grandeur whilst they dine on contemporary, seasonal fare. The luxury in the experience is a reminder of why Harrods has stood the test of time as a destination for both Londoners and tourists.