The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 29th November 2011

This summer we reported on the opening of The Gallery brasserie at Mayfair’s The Westbury Hotel but now here comes the second wave in the shape of Alyn Williams at The Westbury, a celebration of modern European cuisine, launched yesterday on the site within the hotel previously occupied by Artisan.

Man behind the new venue is the eponymous Alyn Williams. Williams boasts an impeccable pedigree: he has spent the last six years working with Marcus Wareing (as Head Chef at The Berkeley and in its previous incarnation as Pétrus) and prior to that at the Groucho Club, Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s and the original Pétrus in St James’s Street.

Small but mighty, the dining room seats up to 45 guests and there’s also the private glass walled Wine Room (where eight people can dine surrounded by 600 bottles) plus adjacent private dining room for up to 18. Interior designer Alex Kravetz has created a rick interior of rosewood panelling throughout, hand-tufted carpet in earthy tones, chairs covered in light cream gauffrage velvet and bespoke hand-blown glass lighting.

So what’s on the menu? Typical starters and mains are Veal sweetbreads with artichokes, celery and sherry; Langoustine with morcilla, crab apple, hedge sorrel and chestnut plus Herdwick lamb with fennel, lamb bacon and parmesan while desserts include Chocolate mousse with peanut butter ice cream and caramel and the innovative Banana with Lapsang, coconut, saffron and condensed milk.

Head Sommelier Alex Gilbert, formerly of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Le Pont de la Tour is responsible for a 650 bin wine list that may start at £19.50 bottle but reaches the dizzy realms of £35,000.

Opened 28 November

The Westbury Hotel, Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1, 020-7078 9579