The bar, one of two in the Ian Schrager London Edition Hotel, is long and buzzing, with possibly the most flattering lighting in town, thanks to the globe-like chandeliers that were modelled after the ones in another gorgeous room – New York’s Grand Central Station...the drinks menu uses lots of foodie ingredients like fresh dill, roast sweet corn syrup and Coco Pops milk, delish. Oh, and don’t miss a chance to get stuck into some of Atherton’s British eats while you’re there.
I visited twice, once for Friday night dinner, once for a mid-week business lunch, and found the food pretty much faultless. The menu, like the pictures on the walls, covers everything; it's a salon hang, crowded with sharing platters and grills, Sunday roasts and dude-foodish sandwiches, elegant seafood dishes and Friday fish and chips...Grown-up and gorgeous as the Berners Tavern is, this Schrager-bomb of a restaurant won't suit everyone. But for a statement of the swaggering confidence of London's world-class dining scene, it is, as Bridget would say, v v good indeed.
Edition is an exercise in slick metropolitan taste, with opulent chandeliers, framed art-by-the-yard covering entire walls, and improbably elegant staff. The huge lobby bar looks fabulous; but the vast dining room, with its ornate plasterwork ceiling, very low lighting and lively bar area, looks even better. The menu’s prices are alarmingly high – but most of the dishes we tried were very good...Berners Tavern is an utterly glamorous experience.