On my Easter break I took the opportunity to dine at The W1 restaurant at the Cumberland Hotel. Until recently this venue was part of the Gary Rhodes Empire, but has recently re-lunched and is now run directly by Guoman Hotels. I was therefore intrigued to see what had changed having eaten here before whilst it was under Gary Rhodes and like so many others, I was a fan
The restaurant was designed by highly acclaimed British interior designer Kelly Hoppen, with beautiful antique mirrors, stunning Spina crystal chandeliers and antique French chairs to create a rich and luxurious atmosphere. The culinary operation is still under Michelin-star head chef Paul Welburn and speaking with the restaurant manager Jason most of the staff transferred across to maintain and build the reputation of the restaurant.
The evening started with a glass of complimentary champagne and an amuse bouche of crisp parmesan biscuits with three flavoured butters. This was followed by a sumptuous fresh Scottish salmon starter with beetroot, kohlrabi, treacle bread and iced horseradish. A delicate succulent smoked quail with roast garlic, red wine shallots bacon & egg followed. My Guest and I agreed it was superb and extremely well put together. Then on to the Cod with freola, brown shrimps and an aromatic stock, you could smell the freshness of the ingredients which reminded me of my days growing up on the south coast. Finally the dessert: This was a play on rhubarb crumble with the ingredients smartly served as individual aspect on the plate. The dish packed some great flavours but was a slight disappointment compared to the rest of the dishes and I personally felt it did not quite work.
Overall it was a great night out and it is obvious the focus and precision of the whole dining experience remains here. The service was slick and professional, the atmosphere calm and the food sublime. What more could you want?
So for anyone who loves fine dining W1 remains a place that you should keep on your list for a good meal out.