Review: Hilton on Park Lane
“The Grand Ballroom is one of the largest in London…”
Taking part in the annual British Accountancy Awards has its perks, not least among them enjoying the traditional hotel banquet offered by the Hilton on Park Lane, one of the best known London ballrooms – and one of only a handful capable of catering for over 1,000 people in the city.
‘Hilton food’ gets a bad rap. I’m pretty sure I slam it in the food and beverage chapter of my book The Guide to Events as “tasting mostly of plate”. However, those in the know keep telling me that the Hilton on Park Lane rises above the low expectations, so I was looking forward to eating my first meal here for about five years, to see if they were right.
With 28 storeys and 453 rooms, The Hilton on Park Lane is one of the original high-rise hotels. This beast of a concrete tower overlooking Hyde Park was the first Hilton in London when it was built in 1961. With over 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible events space, the Grand Ballroom is one of the largest in London, able to accommodate up to 1,250 guests.
The evening began with a drinks reception in the smaller Wellington Ballroom, before 750 guests moved through to the three main sections of the Grand Ballroom for dinner. The staff were excellent and attentive, the banqueting team working like a well-oiled machine to feed and clear all 75 tables in record time.
So what about the food? I must say it was stunning. Goats cheese tart to begin, perfect medium beef for main and a simple tiramisu to finish. The wine our hosts had chosen was also particularly good. The food definitely tasted of more than plate! Although I’ve never hired the venue before, I’m back there running a dinner for 600 there in a few weeks’ time, so now very much looking forward to it!
Food & drink: 8/10
Combined score: 45/60 = 75%
Last visited: November 2017