Located within the luxurious setting of the 5-star Westbury Hotel, restaurant Alyn Williams offers Michelin-starred fine dining with an emphasis on seasonality.
Since joining The Westbury in 2011, Alyn and his team have worked tirelessly to earn the reputation of being one of Mayfair’s leading dining destinations. Thanks to a childhood spent nurturing allotments with his father, Alyn’s cooking is perfectly in tune with the seasons and only the ripest ingredients feature on his menus. Presented in a modern yet elegant fashion, the food perfectly reflects the classic setting of the restaurant.
It was such attention to detail that led to the restaurant being awarded its Michelin star in 2012, the same year Alyn was awarded the coveted ‘National Chef of the Year’ title, followed by four AA rosettes.
Supporting Alyn in the kitchen is a young and enthusiastic team of chefs, led by 25-year-old Head Chef Tom Booton. Full of creative energy, Tom’s cooking style is perfectly aligned to Alyn’s, pushing boundaries yet always showing the upmost respect to the produce. The youthful energy is apparent even in the dining room. Despite having exceedingly high standards in both food and service, Alyn Williams at the Westbury is relaxed and welcoming.
Due to the seasonal nature of Alyn and Tom’s cooking, dishes are constantly changing and evolving across the menus, including the seven-course tasting menu, the three-course lunch, the vegetarian tasting and the à la carte. From the menus, starters may include King crab leg with turnip, onion broth and shisho alongside Beetroot, smoked eel, fresh ricotta and pecan nuts. Main courses focus on the highest quality meat such as Roasted pork jowl and fillet, caramelised pineapple and fennel pollen or Blackface lamb, kohlrabi, watercress and pommes soufflés. The team’s playful creativity is exemplified in the desserts, including their takes on the classic Walnut Whip and Snickers Bar.
For those who prefer a savoury end to their meal, Alyn Williams at The Westbury is one of the few restaurants in London to still have a cheese trolley in the dining room. This allows guests to choose from a large selection of goat’s, soft, hard and blue cheeses with house made breads, crackers and seasonal chutneys, as well as a wide selection of port.
Drinks pairings are just as important as the food at Alyn Williams. As well as ordering wines by the glass or bottle, carefully-selected wine pairings are available for every menu, recommended by the Head Sommelier.
For diners who are particularly interested in wine, there is the option to hire out the private dining room and base the entire night on the drinks pairings. First the wines are selected by the guest in collaboration with the sommelier, then Alyn, Tom and the team create a menu to perfectly match their choices. As well as wine, the restaurant offers a flight of beers to pair with their tasting menu, offering guests a fun and modern alternative to the more traditional wine pairings.
Indulge in the culinary wonders of the Michelin-starred dining experience with the Tasting Menu created by Alyn Williams and Head Chef Tom Booton.
First up is Colchester crab with oyster emulsion, wild rice and dashi served in a beautiful yet interesting way.
Beetroot lovers will swoon at the next dish – Beetroot with smoked eel, ricotta and pecans.
Seafood lovers will be delighted with the 1/2 native lobster tail served with decadent scoop of caviar in a creamy pool of sauce Jacqueline flavoured with fish stock and carrots.
Another dish from the sea is poached halibut with parsley root, parsley veloute and brown shrimps. The halibut is delicately but perfectly cooked with a lovely texture and flavour complemented by the parsley sauce and shrimps.
Moving on the meats, the Cartmel Valley venison was a highlight of the Tasting Menu served with celeriac, black pudding and sausage to further underline the game flavours of the Cumbrian venison.
The next dish of Pork jowl with beer pickled onions, black garlic and broth continued the theme of beautiful presentation and well-balanced textures and flavours. The passionate chefs at Alyn Williams at The Westbury clearly demonstrate their skills in the art of plating.
After these meaty dishes, a pre-dessert palate cleanser was just the ticket!
To end this deliciously decadent Tasting Menu, yoghurt semifreddo with sour apple added the right touch of lightness to the proceedings.
No night would be complete without some petit fours perfect size to finish a very generous meal which included Alyn Williams’ much-loved Salted Caramel Chocolates with Carrot Cake and Hazelnut Doughnuts.
Alyn Williams at The Westbury is the epitome of understated elegance, allowing the best ingredients to really shine. A combination of classic skills, elevated with modern flares ensures that each dish delights and surprises in equal measure.
Alyn Williams at The Westbury
37 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2YF
020 7183 6426