The Library

About The Library

No, you don’t have to keep silent when dining at The Library. In fact there’s hardly a book in sight, just white table linens, twinkling candles and gleaming cutlery. An English menu with international influences that specialises in seafood complements an impressive wine list (with a good selection of half bottles). Signature dishes include warm mixed salad of scallops, crayfish and crispy pancetta with pinenuts, bouillabaisse of monkfish, clams, scallops and red mullet and bitter chocolate and orange mousse. A great place of celebrations.

Full a la carte


- Terrine of Rabbit, caramelised garlic and pistachios £7.25
- Lobster and Mango Salad with baby spinach leaves, lime and yellow pepper dressing £11.25
- House Salad Duck egg Salad, with mixed green leaves, cherry tomatoes, Boconnchini and extra virgin olive oil £7.25
- Pan-fried Foie Gras with toasted walnut bread, sliced apple and crispy red onions £10.00
- Red Mullet Salad with aubergine caviar and tomato vinaigrette £8.20
- White Asparagus with a warm casserole of Chanterelle mushroom, and spring onions £8.95
- Irish and Scottish Smoked Salmon sliced at your table side, with red onions,
capers, crème fraîche and soda bread £9.50
- Warm Salad of Prawns with snow peas served with lemon garlic dressing £8.95
- Crab and sweet corn soup with crab cakes £5.95

Main Course

- Cornish Monkfish braised monkfish with broad beans, baby onions and smoked bacon broth £18.50
- Sea Bass on Eggplant baked sea bass stuffed with ricotta and pine nuts, with a Verde sauce £21.95
- Sea Trout Pan-seared sea trout with cauliflower cream, green peas and herb dressing £17.45
- Panaché of Seafood with steamed cocotte potatoes, and buttered baby spinach £19.35
- Dover Sole whole grilled Dover sole with chive butter sauce, green salad and cocotte potatoes £26.00

- Gressingham Duck Breast roasted duck breast with a green peppercorn jus, caramelised apples & fondant potatoes £18.95
- West Country Loin of Lamb roasted loin of lamb with tomato and basil jus, dauphinoise gratin £21.95
- Double Fillet of Aberdeen Angus Beef (2 persons) carved at your table side, accompanied by roasted vegetables, mushrooms and Béarnaise sauce £39.50
- Guinea Fowl pot-roasted Guinea fowl with prune and leek farci, served with a sherry and cider balsamic jus £17.25
- Parsnip and English Goat's Cheese Pithivier baked and served on a mustard cream with sage and onion £15.55

- Salmon fillet £ 17.50
- Lamb cutlets £ 17.95
- Sirloin steak 10oz £ 19.50
- Fillet steak 8oz £ 21.00


- Feuillantine of Raspberries served on a minted raspberry and vodka coulis £6.25
- Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding with Madagascan bourbon vanilla ice cream £6.50
- Assiette of Desserts An assortment of desserts specially selected by our Executive Chef, Daniel Collins £7.50
- Panna Cotta with softened rhubarb and lemon mascarpone cream £6.50
- Bea Tollman's Honeycomb Ice Cream £5.95
- Pink Champagne Jelly with strawberry and peaches £5.95
- Bitter Orange Chocolate Mousse with Chantilly cream and red orange segments £5.95
- Selection of British and Continental Cheese with celery, grapes and red wine jelly £7.50

Additional Information


The Rubens at The Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS

Nearest tube:

St James Park
All of our grills are cooked to your liking and served with a choice of two of the following :
- hand cut chip potatoes
- creamed potatoes with butter and nutmeg roasted asparagus
- wilted spinach with lemon oil
- roasted vegetables
Natural Jus or Béarnaise sauce are also available on request

Should you require an additional selection of vegetables, please ask your waiter.
Extra vegetables at £2.95 per serving.
*These items contain nuts
All prices are inclusive of Value Added Tax
An optional service charge of 12½% will be added to your bill

Average Price:

£25 to £34 (€35 - €47)

Opening times:

Mon - Sun 7.30 - 10pm

Dress Code:

Smart casual