I noticed Hide before I heard about it in the press. I drove past it one night on my way home and saw the signage in shadow and thought, that, looks fucking cool.
Yes, from the outside in the day time it could, I guess, be mistaken for a Mayfair car show room but inside feels very much like you’re dining inside a hollowed out tree. The staircase is incredible. The staff are all dressed like they’re in a production of fiddler on the roof and the food is as you’d expect, very fine, if almost always covered in edible flowers.
Now, this was not an inexpensive meal. The lavishness of the building combined with its location pretty much guarantee you’re going to drop £100 per person here but it’s also some of the finest service I’ve experienced. I was expecting trouble with us bringing two toddlers but honestly, they couldn’t have taken better care of us. We were both escorted to the baby change by our waitstaff, they came by and swept away Cheerios from the floor around us mid meal and generally seemed bemused but also delighted that we were there. It was a busy/loud enough service that we mostly went unnoticed by the other diners too.
On this visit we ate from the a la carte menu on ‘ground’. I had wanted to try the tasting menu but it was listed as only available ‘above’ on the first floor and I didn’t fancy carrying the buggy upstairs. However, as it turns out there’s a lift so I shouldn’t have worried.
What’s good? The space is amazing. The pigeon, the lamb and the acorn cake were all wonderful and there was some malt ice cream given to the children (I sneaked some from Max, sorry kid.) which was exceptional.
Kid friendly? Absolutely.
✓baby change facilities
✓cool with breastfeeding
✓loads of other parents – there was at least one other table with kids under 5
✓space for buggies