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Alyn Williams at The Westbury

AA Notable Wine List 2016-17
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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
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The building itself may not be much of a looker, but The Westbury is firmly entrenched among the A-list pantheon of Mayfair's hotels, so you can expect an interior of self-conscious glamour and opulence that deserves every one of its five stars. To get in the high-rolling mood, a cocktail in the company of the Bond Street fashionistas amid the chic, art deco-inspired Swarovski crystal fittings and Fendi-designed look in the Polo Bar is de rigueur. Suitably refreshed, you proceed along the ground floor to Alyn Williams’s restaurant, which lives up to the posh Mayfair postcode with its understated yet unmistakably glossy decor of oatmeal-hued chairs at amply spaced linen-swathed tables, set against softly burnished darkwood panels, huge mirrors, and romantic, subtly-backlit alcoves. If you’re up for a truly special experience, a table for eight surrounded by blue-blooded bottles in the illuminated wine salon offers the opportunity to turn the established order on its head by ordering wine first as the basis for a bespoke menu created around it. Impeccable, formal service matches the sophisticated mood, and it all makes a confidence-inspiring backdrop for the culinary fireworks to come. Alyn Williams is a chef whose pedigree is unquestionable after many years in the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, and since 2011, he has consolidated his reputation by turning out creative and dynamic food, exploring his own territory here with a highly personal take on modern European cuisine, using unusual ingredients and techniques for a performance perhaps best experienced in the form of the tasting menu (a non-meat version means vegetarians are not sidelined); otherwise, there’s an à la carte option, or for those with an eye for a serious bargain, a three-course lunch that represents astounding value for cooking of this order in such a swanky setting. An opening course from the tasting menu might bring beautifully caramelised Orkney scallops of stunning freshness, with ramson custard, dashi and brown butter crumb in supporting roles, while a starter from the carte might deploy mushroom broth and foraged ingredients – dulse, say – to boost the savoury punch of poached foie gras and smoked eel. A main-course dish could showcase Devon Ruby beef and its tartare, together with oyster, confit potato and sherry vinegar, while Cornish turbot gets a gallic triple whammy from ratatouille, rouille and bouillabaisse. Desserts continue to explore thrilling juxtapositions of flavor and texture via the likes of chocolate tart with crystallised sorrel and lemon sorrel ice cream, or you might bow out with a technically unimpeachable raspberry Pavlova with sweet cicely ice cream. The wine list, naturally enough, lives up to the glitzy surrounds with a feast of starry bottles

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Opening hours

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

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

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Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park
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