Hot Spot: Shepherd's of Westminster

Mark Glover, chief executive of Bellenden and and APPC vice-chair, pays a visit to this hang-out for politicos.

Marsham Court,
Marsham Street,
London SW1P 4LA
020 7834 9552

The story
Shepherd’s of Westminster is owned by public affairs legend Lionel Zetter, who has set out to return the restaurant to its former glory as the premier haunt of politicians in Westminster, serving the best British fare alongside a strong wine list.   

The reality
Shepherd’s lives up to its name as a place for politicians and lobbyists to meet; as we sit down I spy the PRCA’s Francis Ingham, Labour rising star Jess Phillips and Conservative MP Sir Simon Burns. 

The damage
Snuggled in between a host of Christmas parties, we abstain from the wine list but our two three-course meals with coffees and water sets us back £109.

Signature dish
Shepherd’s signature dish is, surprise, surprise, shepherd’s pie, embellished by a shank of lamb protruding from a creamy mashed potato crust. It challenges if not surpasses the similar fare at The Ivy. It follows steamed mussels served in an excellent wine and cream sauce. To finish I enjoy homemade ice cream. My guest enjoys pickled partridge, followed by Dover sole and sherry trifle.

Dining experience ****
The food was very good and there were interesting twists on British favourites. The service was discreet and impeccable. The ambience meets the need for confidentiality that many conversations in the restaurant would require.

Chances of a last-minute booking ****
As the restaurant is recently reopened the chances of a walk-in are good but this is likely to change as news of the quality of food permeates Westminster and Whitehall.

Client wow factor ***** for politicos
This isn’t for the Michelin foodies, but the food is great and the wine list competitively priced. Clients will enjoy rubbing shoulders with political insiders.
Overall ****
For those in public affairs *****

Reviewed by Mark Glover, chief executive, Bellenden and vice-chair, APPC

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