“From the corner wine cellar to the cheese trolley,
this is the way the world should be”- SquareMeal
The Don Restaurant, our flagship white tablecloth establishment provides an unrivalled combination of history and modernity plus some of the City’s very best food and wine.
In 1342 it was the home of one of London’s great City Guilds , The Drapers, who rich on the profits of the British wool trade bought many of the buildings that line our cobblestoned Lane. In 1798 ,they leased it to a young Scottish entrepreneur George Sandeman as the headquarters for his newly established Sandeman Port and Sherry Company. George shipped his barrels of fortified wine across the Atlantic from Oporto and Jerez to blend and bottle them in the cellars below St Swithins Lane.
Modern European flavours dominate the menu, and in addition to our extensive a la Carte Menu we offer a fantastic value weekly set-menu. Our wine list has won a Wine Spectator Award, as one of the best in the world every year since we opened.
The Restaurant itself offers two light, airy and elegant dining rooms, both with large windows and both featuring some stunning paintings from one of Britain’s leading abstract painters, the late John Hoyland, RA as well as a cosy basement bistro, bar and several private dining spaces.
The Don Executive Chef – William Best MCA
William has worked with some of Britain’s best Chef’s and restaurants including Philip Howard’s team at the 2 Michelin starred, The Square in Mayfair, before becoming Sous Chef at the prestigious St. James restaurant Wiltons for six years , where he became one of only twenty UK chefs to be awarded the ‘Master of Culinary Arts’ by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts before joining John Williams at The Ritz hotel for a further two years.
He joined the Don in November 2018 as Executive Chef to take charge of both the Restaurant and Bistro menus.