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Alyn Williams at The Westbury

AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
AA rating

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About the AA Rosette award
Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Innovation, top-flight skills and heaps of glamour

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Children welcome
Service charge

The Westbury hails from a time when first impressions were not considered to be important. From the outside, it could be an office-block, but inside all is sedate, five-star style. A little way along the ground floor is Alyn Williams' preserve, a serenely relaxing room done in varnished dark wood surfaces with a scintillating carpet and illuminated wine store at one end. The tone of service is both impeccably correct and voluble in its welcome, and it all makes a confidence-inspiring backdrop for the culinary fireworks to come. Williams has trained with the best, but explores his own territory here with a highly personal take on modern European cuisine, using unusual ingredients and techniques for a performance best experienced in the form of the tasting menu that is the only option on weekend evenings, as dishes are taken up from the carte and others make their debut. Evenly caramelised scallops of stunning freshness are dressed with thinly shaved truffle on a flawless spring onion risotto, which might be followed on the carte by tender sirloin of Devon ruby beef with accompanying tartare, potatoes cooked in the dripping, baby turnips and fragrant elderflower gel. For the tasting menu, foraged ingredients such as gutweed and beach greens lend character to the fish dishes, perhaps hake with clams, and marinated quail turns up with violet mustard and a confit egg yolk. Aerated chocolate desserts are a particularly successful party trick, here partnered with mandarin and gingerbread ice cream, while a technically unimpeachable vanilla pannacotta is offset by the bracing sharpnesses of blackberry and limoncello.

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Opening hours

  • Closed:: 1–17 January, 13–30 August
  • Days closed:: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from:: 12
  • until : 2.30
  • Dinner served from:: 6
  • until: 10.30

Chef

  • Chef: Alyn Williams

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style:: French, European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30:: 10
  • Wines over £30:: 450
  • Wines by the glass:: 15

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Children

  • Children welcome

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats:: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 20
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats:: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 20

Getting here

Nearest train station

Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park
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