The Westbury Hotel on Conduit Street is home to Alyn Williams’ first restaurant, winning the chef a Michelin star and three AA rosettes in its first year of opening. Formerly Head Chef at Marcus Wareing at The Berkley, Williams has quickly made a name for himself since the restaurant’s opening in 2011, going on to increase his AA rosettes to four, and being ranked in the top 15 of the UK’s 100 Best Restaurants.
At the heart of Williams’ cooking is a deep passion and understanding for seasonal ingredients, inspired by his father’s allotment growing up in 70’s East London. His dishes, not inspired by any one set cuisine, is one of the few Michelin star restaurants to cater just as well to vegetarians as meat eaters with a separate tasting menu on offer. Don’t be surprised to encounter tacos, dumplings, seafood, and macaroni dishes on the same menu, and with Williams’ dedication to seasonal ingredients, expect frequent changes to the menu. Not only does this ensure only the best ingredients are used, but also that patrons keep coming back for more.
The atmosphere is contemporary and relaxing, preparing you to enjoy your meal from the start. Soft lighting creates a warm glow across the rosewood panel encased room, filled with cream gauffraged velvet chairs and white table linen.
The wine salon, just off from the main dining room separated by glass panels and cabinets of the sommeliers’ favourites, offers something different to the typical private dining experience. Up to ten guests choose their wine only, from which the chefs will create a surprise pairing. Alternatively, larger parties are accommodated in the Aspen Room for a traditional private dining experience for up to 18 people.
In addition to a carefully-selected wine menu, including sakes, Williams brings his passion for craft beers and ales to the restaurant with a dedicated selection of the best from around the world. Beer pairings are also available with the tasting menus.