For sure, Wiltons ticks none of the boxes of London restaurant trends but when you've been around 250+ years, you aim for a steady course, not bandwagons to jump on. According to Urbanspoon, there's been only one previous blog post on Wiltons and that was in 2010. People who go there however tend to love it and tend to return and it is a restaurant that I would guess boasts more 'regulars' than perhaps any other restaurant in London. Regulars also tend to be regulars for a lifetime, not just a year until the next new thing comes along.
Wiltons is also the sort of venue where something like three of the five red wines offered by the glass are clarets (of which I totally approve), electric lamps on the wall were possibly converted from gas lamps and where the waitresses wear outfits that make Downton Abbey serving staff look positively avant garde. My waitress said that she had worked at Wilton's for 20 years and it does have that family feel to it.
Rather than a single large space, the restaurant at Wiltons is a series of connected smaller rooms, again giving the place a more intimate feel. My visit here was on a whim, persuaded to Wiltons that particular day to try the Carving Trolley where you can enjoy leg of lamb on a Monday, pork on a Tuesday, beef on Wednesday etc sliced and served at the table. Alas, by the time I had arrived and ordered, the trancheur was already dispensing the last of the lamb to the table next to me and another choice was needed.
There's both an a traditional la carte and a seasonal a la carte with the latter having a game selection that includes grouse, partridge, teal, wild duck, fallow deer (from October) and woodcock (from November). On the traditional alc, there's a meat and a fish section. Lobster is stated as 'market price' and on enquiry I found this to be a whopping £60 for a whole lobster which was a bit of a shock even though I had already discovered that prices at Wiltons are not cheap.
My starter was a twice baked Cropwell Bishop Stilton soufflé. This was a decadence indeed and full credit to Wiltons, it was good enough to make the indulgence worthwhile. The soufflé itself was light, the sauce creamy and everything laced with the marvellous tang of Cropwell Bishop Stilton. As all good starters should do, it saw me finish wanting more.
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