Selfridges’ winter rooftop restaurant Le Chalet has had a blooming summer transformation into Forest on the Roof.

Housed on the 5th floor of Selfridges Oxford St (there is a special lift by the Chanel beauty counter that takes you there), the restaurant offers a seasonal menu, cocktails and views across central London.

As I loved the girly brunch I had at Le Chalet so much, I decided to meet fellow blogger Hayleigh JM there for a catch-up dinner one Wednesday evening. I was a little early for our 6pm booking, which was perfect because before you even get to the restaurant, you are met with a blooming display of artificial flowers that guide you down the corridor to the reception desk and just screamed to be Instagrammed.

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The restaurant has an upmarket-yet-relaxed atmosphere, with parquet flooring, snuggly blankets thrown over the chairs and a fairy-lit roof which even pulls back when the sun is shining (rare in England, granted).

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The menu is small and hearty – not for the health conscious! I opted for the Cornish cod with shaved asparagus, peas and lovage with a side of truffle chips, whilst Hayleigh went for the forest beef burger with crisp onions, tomato chutney and seasoned chips on the side. Oh, and two cocktails that the friendly staff made especially for us once we told them what spirits we preferred. (Rum, obvs).

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The food was delicious and even though mine looked quite light on the plate, it was super filling, although this could have been because of the amount of truffle chips I devoured! I guess my one downside is that I found my dish a little oily/rich which sat on my stomach a bit later that night but otherwise, it was delicious. And rightly so, as dinner here doesn’t come cheap, with most mains around the £20 mark.

Forest on the Roof is a fab spot for dinner in central London and the prices perhaps make it best as a spot to take the parents or for a special girly catch up.

Has anyone else been? Anything else on the menu that you would recommend?

London is like a stocking filled to the brim with Christmas treats – you can find some of my favourite Christmas activities on my Top 10 Things To Do in London at Christmas post. I ticked my first one off this weekend when I went with my good friend (and blogger) Laura to experience Le Chalet.

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Le Chalet is an alpine inspired pop-up restaurant on the roof of Selfridges, offering locally sourced food and drinks all day as well as incredible views over London. This winter ski-style restaurant has been incredibly popular which means that it can be hard booking in but as I booked a couple of weeks ago, I managed to squeeze us in for Saturday at 12pm. 

I won’t lie to you, it was really hard finding the restaurant. It is located on the 5th floor, yet most of the lifts only go up to the 4th floor! After much hassle, I was told that there is only one ‘express’ lift that goes up to the 5th floor, so if you plan to go then definitely ask the staff for help finding the right lift!

As you emerge onto the 5th floor, you are greeted with the most Christmassy corridor…

Winter lights

… which leads to the restaurant. Thanks to the problems finding the lift, we arrived about fifteen minutes late but luckily the table had still been kept for us. Friendly staff showed us to our table by the window – the restaurant was completely full and with the number of people and the sun streaming through the windows, it was quite toasty! 

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Me with cocktail

 

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Opening rooftop

I ordered off the breakfast menu and went for ‘bashed avocado’ on toast with a side of wild mushrooms, whilst Laura went for a chicken ceasar salad. Being a Saturday, it was only right that we chose some cocktails too! I went for the gin and apple cocktail ‘Winter Orchard’ whilst Laura plumped for a champagne with juice. I have to admit, to me the cocktails tasted very average and were definitely overpriced at £9 upwards for quite small, basic glasses. The real triumph was the food. I was served a generous helping of delicious, seasoned avocado and the wild mushrooms were so tasty – I could have eaten the whole thing again if I hadn’t gotten so full! In fact I might just have to visit again…

Bashed avocado on toast

Brunch at Le Chalet

Wild mushrooms

Cocktails

Le Chalet is open until the end of February 2015. Has anyone been? What do you think? 

Le Chalet entrance