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Best Private Dining Rooms for Art and Design Lovers

Food and Drink

Best Private Dining Rooms for Art and Design Lovers

Food and Drink

Best Private Dining Rooms for Art and Design Lovers

When it comes to booking a private dining room for a special occasion it takes more than a carefully curated food or drink menu to stand out from the crowd. Today, restaurants have become outlets for some of the most creative interiors in the world, pulling out all the stops to appeal to aesthetes with cutting-edge design, priceless artwork and lavish décor. Bon Vivant raises a glass to three extraordinary private dining rooms that each provide a truly unique setting for a meal to remember.

The Fife Arms

Braemar, Scotland

Fire Room at The Fife Arms, Braemar © Sim Canetty-Clarke

Nestled in the lap of Scotland’s Cairngorm mountains, this luxury hotel boasts an art collection that will impress even the most discerning art aficionado. The Fife Arms is, after all, the second UK hospitality project of power art couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth, whose art empire spans New York, Zurich, London and Los Angeles. Their loving two-year restoration of this former Victorian coaching inn ushered in a series of contemporary commissions by the likes of Zhang Enli, Guillermo Kuitca, Richard Jackson and Bharti Kher, as well as Scottish artworks that celebrate the Highlands’ rich heritage, such as a watercolour of a stag by HM Queen Victoria and wildlife paintings by Archibald Thornburn.

The Drawing Room at The Fife Arms, Bramear © Sim Canetty-Clarke

The Fife Arms owners Iwan & Manuela © Sim Canetty-Clarke

Front Hall at The Fife Arms © Sim Canetty-Clarke

With such a colourful array of artworks housed under one roof, every corner of The Fife Arms has been wholly transformed, including the hotel's dining spaces. Inspired by the interiors of a traditional Scottish croft – an agricultural estate that is particular to the Highlands – the Fire Room seats up to 12 people for a private dining experience like no other. Dark wood furnishings, unfinished stone walls, sheepskin throws and monochromatic décor is offset by the room’s spectacular centrepiece – a specially commissioned chandelier by Indian artist, Subodh Gupta, comprised of steel buckets, sieves, and ladles which are interspersed with coloured light bulbs.

Diners get a taste of Scotland in the cuisine created by Executive Chef Robert Cameron. Cameron’s menus are seasonal and undeniably Scottish, showcasing the very best produce and specialties of the region. “To understand where our food comes from is such a phenomenal experience,” Cameron says. A sample menu includes Scottish squid risotto, Inverurie wood pigeon, Shetland mussels, loin of Highland venison, and Burnside farm pheasant.

The Platinum Arowana Room at Scott’s

Mayfair, London, England

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Named after one of the world’s most rare fish, the Platinum Arowana Room at Scott’s Mayfair invites diners to get up close and personal to iconic works of 19th and 20th-century art, curated in-house at the restaurant – and on display together for the first time.

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The nine-square-metre private dining room cost a reported £6 million to complete thanks to an inspired interior adorned by 18 priceless artworks that firmly puts the fine dining restaurant on the art and design map. As first impressions go, the Platinum Arowana Room is a veritable feast for the eyes with its semi-precious agate stone floor in bright green, mirror-panelled walls and matching hand-finished gilded chairs. Lalique lighting illuminates the room’s enviable art collection, curated to reflect the period when the restaurant, which is said to be one of London’s oldest, was founded by John Scott in 1851. The playful and vibrant figures of Marc Chagall’s La Danse (1928) sit alongside striking works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Joan Miró, Émile Bernard and Marc Chagall.

To accompany the unique setting, Head Chef David McCarthy has created an exclusive menu that celebrates rare and seasonal ingredients. A sample three-course menu includes golden pearl caviar and twice-baked lobster soufflé with shaved black or white truffle, Newlyn Bay turbot with hand-dived scallop and Oscietra caviar, and pink Champagne and strawberry jelly with elderflower sorbet. A similarly bespoke wine list has been curated especially for Arowana patrons by Scott’s sommelier, featuring top-tier pours such as the UK’s only Jeroboam of Boerl & Kroff 1995 Champagne, the sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon Bolgheri Sassicaia – Tenuta San Guido, and Côtes-de-Provence rosé, Garrus – Chateau d'Esclans.

Bob Bob Cité

City of London, England

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A futuristic fine-dining experience awaits at restaurateur Leonid Shutov’s opulent Bob Bob Cité, which is suspended 30 metres above the atrium of the Leadenhall ‘Cheesegrater’ Building in the City of London. The Orient-Express-inspired restaurant took five years and a reported £25 million to create, with no detail spared by Shutov and his self-described “obsessive attention to detail”.

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Among the restaurant’s impressive design details, implemented by renowned interiors studio BradyWilliams, are 24 bespoke chandeliers, reflective ceilings and walls covered in Japanese bookbinding paper, rosewood marquetry panelling and 12.5 kilometres of mirror-polish steel trim. A futuristic stock exchange-style ticker tape playfully wraps around the expanse of the restaurant displaying table numbers (which light up when patrons request service). The three dining salons, available for private bookings for 16 to 18 guests, immerse diners deeper into Shutov’s vision, and are decorated in either red or blue to tie in with the aesthetic of the two main dining rooms with colourful geometric artworks by Supermundane contrasted with shiny metallic wall panelling.

“Our philosophy on food is to offer guests things that they already are familiar with, love, crave and want to eat,” says Shutov, and the decadent options from the French brasserie-themed à la carte menu do not disappoint – think steak tartare with caviar, escargots en persillade and lobster macaroni with four cheeses. Not forgetting the popular feature of Bob Bob Cité, and sister culinary institution Bob Bob Ricard in Soho: the ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons stationed at each table, which when pressed will usher a waiter to pour your desired fizz. With one of the largest ranges of by-the-glass champagnes in London, the only task will be to decide which bottle to pop.

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