Following on from the success of his predecessor - Nuno Mendes, who won a Michelin star and much praise for his Viajante restaurant - Lee Westcott moved into this boutique hotel in May 2014 and quickly set about putting his own stamp on the building.
Gone are the brilliantly experimental, fusion-style concoctions of Mendes, replaced by Westcott’s smart brand of modern British cuisine – see his famous yeasted cauliflower dish for evidence – honed through years spent working for maestros like Tom Aikens and Jason Atherton, plus stages abroad at Thomas Keller’s Per Se (New York) and Noma (Copenhagen). The restaurant deals in tasting menus of 5 and 7 courses in the evening with set menus of 2 or 3 courses available at lunch.
The cosy yet perfectly adorned dining room, split into a front and back section and with themes of blue and grey running throughout, is the perfect setting for Westcott's plates of perfection, and, suitably, the open kitchen layout permits guests to watch him (and his young, sprightly team) in action from the comfort of the Scandinavian-style seats.
The globetrotting wine list is of a similar spirit to the food – forward-thinking and carefully put together. Jostling for position among the vintage whites and reds (seven of each variety are available by the glass) are some lovely Sherries, dessert wines and fortified wines. And if cocktails are more your bag, then be sure to check out the Peg + Patriot just down the hall, where Head Bartender Matt Whiley justifies his inclusion on Evening Standard’s 1000: London’s Most Influential People list with some startling concoctions.