Culinary Treats at The Capital

by Harriet Heskins
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I made a decision earlier in the year to visit travel destinations that offer the most delectable, delicious, and one-of-a-kind food experiences available. This decision inevitably led me to the world-famous Capital Hotel.

The Capital, which is set in the exclusive London neighbourhood of Knightsbridge, was created by David Levin, a Scottish entrepreneur, back in 1971 – and to this day it remains family-run.

The hotel boasts 49 tastefully designed guest bedrooms and mine offered just the right levels of luxury and comfort to achieve the relaxed atmosphere I like.

My room had everything that I needed, but I have to mention the bed; the mattresses at The Capital are carefully hand-crafted and laid with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets – a formula for supreme sleeping conditions. This hotel has got the details down to an art and that’s exactly what has kept it in a league of its own.


Starters include salad of white crab meat with celeriac and apple; lemon sole with crispy oyster and oyster sauce; cured salmon and horseradish yoghurt with fennel dressing and Lobster cocktail with orange and basil.

Main courses include chargrilled and smoked mackerel with paprika and soused vegetables; wreckfish with red wine tartar dressing, anchovy and potato gratin; plaice with chestnut mushrooms, parsley dumplings with lemon and garlic.

Nathan Outlaw (who has two Michelin stars) has brought his own brand of Cornish cooking to The Capital. His specialities of cooking fresh, ecologically sourced seafood dishes – such as sea bream with mussels and a saffron and cucumber dressing – have contributed to Outlaw’s at the Capital being London’s most talked about seafood restaurant in London.

I decided to sample the cod with scampi and rosemary butter and crispy courgette. A delicate texture, beautifully cooked. The sommelier was happy to show off her talents and recommend some delicious wines, which made for an unforgettable evening.

After working up a huge appetite during my second day in London, I decided to try the seven-course tasting menu. It started out with a perfectly balanced dish of scallops and hazelnuts served with watercress and smoked oil.

The lobster cocktail is like nothing I have ever had the opportunity to enjoy before. I’m also normally not too big on puddings, but the chargrilled pineapple with cream cheese ice cream and butterscotch sauce was a winner.

  • Food: Outlaw’s at the Capital (closed Sundays)
  • Drinks: The Capital Bar
  • Sports: The hotel’s concierge, Clive Smith, will take you jogging round Hyde Park; guests have access to the nearby exclusive Peak Health Club and Gym

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