Marylebone, Londoners may argue over how it’s pronounced but either way it’s great for food so who really minds? In fact, the W1 area is heating up at a speedy rate when it comes to food, with restaurants including Orrery re-opening its doors post sexy makeover and neighbourhood classics that are stalwart residents inviting us in for yet more indulgence. So, we’ve eaten our way through the area at a hasty speed to give to you the gift of Marylebone’s best restos. Without further ado:
Roganic first opened in 2011 in Marylebone as a two-year pop-up now has a Michelin star – impressive! Simon Rogan’s restaurant serves up foraged ingredients and mirrors the original pop-up, Roganic is all about informal dining and imaginative, innovative menu which uses the finest ingredients from around the country, including Simon’s ‘Our Farm’ in the Lake District. They also bring back many of the original Roganic team to run the restaurant, with the kitchen run by Head Chef Oliver Marlow, who has worked his way up through Simon’s kitchen. The pop-up originally received high-acclaim and now its set to do just the same this time round… except this time you don’t have to panic about not getting a seat, as it’s here to stay.
Great for: Michelin-star dining and foraged finds
Where: 5-7 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DB
The stylish location The Orrery celebrated its 21st not like most of us, with WKD in hand and a trip to Inferno’s, but instead with a beautiful new interior and menu. Designed by David D’Almada of Sagrada, inspiration was taken from the South of France, creating a dining room with muted tones of grey blue and lilac; lavender panelling, terracotta clay pots and floor to ceiling arched windows. Chef Patron Igor Tymchyshyn created a new menu which features the likes of fillet steak tartare with a sourdough and truffle dressing and a signature Kentish lamb wellington with salsify and garlic, for two to share.
Classics remain including the Tournedos Rossini with celeriac and sauce périgordine and Igor’s Jerusalem artichoke risotto. Love cheese? Then you’ll have 30 to work your way through on the cheese trolley. Sweet dreams really are made of cheese. The venue has been a stalwart at the heart of Marylebone since it arrived over two decades ago and it’s now time for you to sit back and appreciate it in all its glory.
Great for: Interior inspo, cheese galore and classic dishes
Where: 55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Regent's Park (0.4 miles)
When it comes to celebrity spotting, the Chiltern Firehouse has to be top of your list. Headed by top chef Nuno Mendes, the restaurant is not immune to a celebrity or two with stars such as Tom Cruise, The Beckham’s and Simon Cowell, often found on their reservation list. If you manage to bag yourself a space (it’s hard- we’ve tried) there will be plenty of stars to take a peek at whilst you eat some delicious treats. Not only is Chiltern Firehouse often the place to be seen, but its cosy sink-in sofas coupled with coveted chic interiors makes Chiltern Firehouse a superbly snug spot. We must mention the food though in amongst this celebrity chatter, as it’s just as divine as can be expected. The menu draws on influence from the United States and Europe to create a changing menu of reimagined classics.
Great for: Serious celeb spotting and moreish cocktails
Where: 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PA
Jikoni is the Swahili term for kitchen, it’s also the name of the Marylebone gem opened by the award-winning food writer and cook, Ravinder Bhogal. Jikoni brings together the flavours and cooking techniques of East Africa, Britain, the Middle East and Asia and will be a celebration of the maternal figures that inspired her love of food and cooking. Main courses will revolve around comfort food, ideal for these winter months, including a Shepherd’s pie which has been spiced up and a home ground Ras el hanout lamb served with Mujadarra.
For those looking for a curry, there are daily changing rice plates that celebrates curries from all over the world including Kuku Paka, a favourite Kenyan chicken curry. Designed by London studio, Creative Family, the restaurant takes inspiration from the maternal kitchens that Ravinder grew up in and we love it!
Great for: Curry and people watching
Where: 19-21 Blandford Street, 21 Blandford St, Marylebone, W1U 3DH
We’re always trying to find ground zero of the London posh Indian revolution, and have yet to put a finger on it. But Trishna may well be in the running. Opening in 2008, so a venerable old lag of a restaurant scene that can be incredibly fickle and shortlived, Trishna has kept hold of a Michelin star since 2012. Founded by brothers Karam and Jyotin Sethi, the restaurant specialises in “coastal cooking”, directly inspired by Bombay sister restaurant, (also called) Trishna.
Great for: Top flight Indian cooking
Where: 15-17 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DG
Named after the 1950s Marylebone dialling code, Hunter 486 is a small yet cosy restaurant which features dishes that would please any traveller with their British charm. Heading up the kitchen is Head Chef Gary Durrant, a man who sure can prepare a crab dish with Braeburn apple and all of the relevant herbs included. Before dinner, the Hunter Around The Clock is a must-have aperitif. The gin coupled with elderflower liqueur makes it a sweet treat, offset by cucumber syrup, giving you a pre-dinner buzz. Then why not delve into one of their many bottles of wine, coupled with food that features highlights of Monk Fish partnered with rushed potatoes, pickled cucumber, and grain mustard dressing.
Great for: Cosy settings and moreish cocktails
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
Clinging onto the very edge of Marylebone, The Langham is one of London’s grandest hotels, and Roux at the Landau is the Langham operating on all cylinders. The creation of one of the UK’s best known chefs, Michel Roux Jr, along with his son Albert, Roux at the Landau uses French techniques to create seasonal European food. And the recently refurbed restaurant looks pretty splendid too.
Great for: Oxford Street shopping, followed by fine dining dropping
Where: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
Portman Square, in the heart of Marylebone, plays host to this Michelin starred Scandi restaurant that comes with Asian influences. Chef Aggi Sverrisson’s creations inspired by his Icelandic heritage, are delicious and the surroundings, with double height ceilings and pared back Scandinavian decor are comfortable and relaxing.
Great for: Scandi dining
Where: 34 Portman Street Marylebone, W1H 7BY
The Montagu Kitchen Restaurant is located snug inside the Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill hotel and because both the Montagu and The Churchill are so great, we believe it’s a perfect fit for our Marylebone resto suggestions. What’s more, they’ve just added to their winter menu incorporating treats such as Gressingham duck breast with Kent Honey to South Coast Pan Seared Scallops, and desserts includinga Treacle Tart and a Vegan Blackberry Trio. The menu takes inspo from from the National Trust’s Chartwell House and Garden in Kent and celebrates the best of British produce.
Great for: A seasonal, regularly changing menu and scrumptious food
Where: 30 Portman Square The Montagu at Hyatt Regency, W1H 7BH