W1 Restaurant launches at the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch

Guoman’s Cumberland Hotel’s W1 restaurant is now under the auspices of Head Chef Paul Welburn. He takes over from Gary Rhodes in the Kelly Hoppen interior-designed eaterie.

Although I live nearby, and have been to the Cumberland Hotel on numerous occasions, I didn’t know that hidden behind the bar was a glamourous looking restaurant. The decor is stunning, made so by the numerous dangling crystal chandeliers.

Tony and I ate our way through a 7 course tasting menu (£75.00) with accompanying wines chosen by their Sommelier Yves des Maris. (wines are extra.) While the food was beautifully executed, designer mouthfuls included whipped carrot mouse flavoured with orange; foie gras served with a yummy Monbazillac wine from Bergerac; shellfish bisque; monkfish; squab pigeon; a pina colada sorbet, and chocolate and pear desserts, I have to question if Gary Rhodes couldn’t pull in the crowds, will an unknown be able to? I have yet to be convinced.

As well as a tasting menu, there is also a la carte.

lunch – 2 courses – £25.95
3 courses – £32.95
dinner 2 courses – £39.90
3 courses – £49.90

Open lunch Wed – Sat Noon – 2.30pm
dinner Tues – Sat 7.00pm – 10.30pm

Tel. 020 7616 5930


About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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