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Bon appétit! New dining options at the Royal Opera House

Enticing restaurant and bar menus launched for the Autumn Season and beyond.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

9 July 2012 at 6.33pm | 10 Comments

From September, those dining at the Royal Opera House will be able to select menus designed to complement the production they will see on stage.

From Black Swan Bellinis and Italian Prosecco to Spanish tapas and steamed sponge puddings, Royal Opera House Restaurants and Bars have developed a tantalizing selection of menus that will change according what is being performed at the ROH.

Highlights include a selection of Spanish wines and tapas-style menu on offer to accompany performances of Kenneth MacMillan’s Las Hermanas, a work based on Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba. Las Hermanas is performed in a mixed bill with Concerto and Requiem. A selection of French wines and a luxurious menu have been chosen to complement La bohème, while a menu that includes Greek lamb kofte and mint yoghurt will offer a taste of the Mediterranean to accompany Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, an opera based on ancient myth and set in Crete.

In the Winter Season, the mixed bill of The Firebird, In the Night and Raymonda Act III will be complemented by a Russian-inspired menu, including blinis with smoked salmon, sponge pudding with autumnal fruits and vodka cocktails.

The menus have been designed to reflect the variety of audiences who attend the performances and suit all budgets. Dining options range from a three-course dinner in the Balconies Restaurant to sandwiches, salads and snacks in the Amphitheatre Bar, with prices from £15 up to £80.

Find out more about our restaurants and bars and discover our full range of menus on the dedicated area of our website. You can book tables online and manage all aspects of your visit through your Account page on the ROH website.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

9 July 2012 at 6.33pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged Amphitheatre Bar, Balconies Restaurant, booking, Company of Cooks, La bohème, Las Hermanas, restaurant, Royal Opera House Restaurants, tables, The Firebird, The Minotaur

This article has 10 comments

  1. Stewart MacKay responded on 10 August 2012 at 10:55am Reply

    Without wishing to sound too pedantic, I did happen to notice the spelling 'aperatif' (sic) on the Swan Lake dinner menu in the Crush Room.
    I wonder how well the different prices of the menus in the Balconies Restaurant will go down with regulars (of whom, I regret to say, I am not one).

    Stewart MacKay

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 29 August 2012 at 10:07am

      Thank you for drawing our attention to the error which has now been rectified and updated.

      We’ve amended our menu pricing to offer more choice to our guests at various price points. Previously, menu prices were between £30 and £60 in our restaurants however, from September onwards prices will range from as little as £15 up to £80. As always, we hope there will be something for everyone and we will be reviewing all feedback we receive.

      Best wishes,

      Laura Irving, Royal Opera House Restaurants

  2. Christine Green responded on 27 December 2012 at 6:59pm Reply

    Trying to order food for the Paul Hamlyn bar for the evening of 4th January, but keep coming up with broken links. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 31 December 2012 at 12:21pm

      Hi Christine,

      Sorry that you have had problems accessing the menus. I have taken a look at the page and corrected one of the broken links so you should now be able to view all of the menus.

      You can only place orders up to 72 hours before the performance and so you should be able to do this via your Account page from the 2 January.

      All the best,


  3. Stephen Pollock-Hill responded on 21 March 2013 at 1:03pm Reply

    Why does it say
    "Please note that Royal Opera House Restaurants are currently closed, and will re-open on Monday 24 September." on 21st March yet you show menus
    for teh current programme?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content) responded on 21 March 2013 at 2:49pm

      Hi Stephen,

      The post in question is from the News section and dated 9 July 2012. We'll add an update. Rest assured the restaurants are now open!


      Digital Content Producer

  4. Diane Ollier responded on 14 May 2013 at 3:18pm Reply

    Hello, is it possible to book a reservation in one of your restaurants if NOT attending any performance?
    Kind regards.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content) responded on 14 May 2013 at 4:46pm

      Hi Diane,

      We're afraid not, it's only possible to dine if you're coming to a performance.

      Digital Content Producer

  5. Jesus responded on 23 September 2013 at 9:23am Reply

    Hello, I do have tickets for the Nutcracker on December the 31st, and made reservations for the Balconies restaurant at 3:30. Will I have the option of having the Nutcracker Afternoon Tea, instead of a regular 3 course lunch? Thank you.
    Best regards.

    • Ellen West (Head of Product Management) responded on 27 September 2013 at 12:01pm


      Thanks for your email. We will indeed be offering Afternoon Tea and will be adding details to the website shortly. I've passed your email to the Restaurants team and they will be in touch in the next couple of days.

      Best wishes


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