Marianne may be one of the smallest restaurants around, but it’s proof that you don’t need to be big to be beautiful and punch above your weight. The 16 cover restaurant, owned by Masterchef finalist Marianne Lumb, has been making culinary waves since its opening two years ago. On the corner of a mews at the bottom of Notting Hill, the restaurant’s pale sage green exterior is a theme that’s continued inside with similar shades of French grey complementing the wooden parquet floor.
The restaurant doubles as a private room and is always available for exclusive hire for lunch and dinner on Mondays and lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when the restaurant is naturally closed. Other times can also be hired exclusively but often need to be arranged before the three month restaurant booking system opens up.
The room has a light Parisian brasserie feel, with two sides of windows obscured from the street by half height curtains on poles. The door also features a heavy draft curtain, adding to the intimate ambience of the space.
The room is simply designed with clean lines, wood panelled walls, a bank of wood & glass fronted wine cabinets at ceiling height and a small window into the kitchen allowing partial views of service. Silk paw print chairs with flexible backs and French-designed 1930’s lighting add to the feel of understated luxury and low key refined elegance.
Private dining menus feature a five or six course lunch menu and a six or nine course dinner menu with prices starting at £85 and £110 respectively. Menus are highly seasonal and littered with luxury ingredients – from truffles to turbot and everything in between.
Its compact size means that Marianne is used for a variety of exclusive events, from corporate dinners after board meetings or to celebrate a deal, to private events such as key birthdays and anniversaries as well as pre-wedding dinners and other intimate celebrations. There’s no room hire, but a minimum spend of £2,500 for dinner and £1,750 for lunch.