Located inside The Arch London, one of the city’s best boutique hotels, Hunter 486 offers diners a luxurious and distinctly British culinary and cocktail experience. Named for the old-school phone number of the Marylebone area, Hunter 486 provides delicious, modern British cuisine, in the best sense of the word. So many places in London try to do it, but so few are successful.
Dinner started off with a great drink in the comfortable bar area. There’s an impressive wine and champagne list and the bar is staffed by serious mixologists. A large selection of hand-crafted cocktails is offered including quite a list of tantalizing “Bartender’s Choice” drinks. It’s a popular place just for drinks, with a central London location near the shopping, residential and business areas in and around Hyde Park, Oxford Street and Bond Street.
To start our dining experience, we had the cheese board, a tasting selection of British farmhouse cheeses, served with some quince jelly and oatcakes. The first cheese was a Cornish Blue from Stansfield Farm’s Cornish Cheese Company. This was creamy and not as intense as you might expect from a blue cheese. Next was another soft cheese, Tunworth from Hampshire Cheeses. This soft cow’s milk cheese was similar to cream cheese. A goat selection was next, Driftwood from Somerset’s White Lake. This cheese, aged with a rind covered in ash, was a bit sweet and also creamy and soft and great with the oatcakes. Like many of the other purveyors used by Hunter 486, White Lake is a small, artisan producer, who raises their own goats, milks them and produces all the cheese in-house. Last up was a flavorful Winterdale cheddar from Winterdale Cheesemakers, another artisan cheese dairy, this one in Kent.
After the cheese it was time for something else from the “To Start or To Share” section, some salt and pepper squid. The fresh squid was both perfectly prepared and perfectly seasoned, something I find most restaurants have trouble achieving. Had I not had the cheeses, I would have gone for the British cold cuts board or perhaps the rare beef salad with winterslaw and horseradish dressing.
The mains were next, starting with the organic salmon served over a cauliflower puree with salsify and a lemon and caper dressing. I went full speed ahead with the “Best of butcher’s board” entree, featuring a nice array of meat. I got a deliciously prepared and sliced rib-eye with rosemary oil, mini-burgers (aka sliders) and braised short ribs. Everything was cooked perfectly (I asked the waitress to choose the cooking levels for me) and was a great combination of meaty tastes. A kitchen specialty, Hunter 486 also uses a stone oven and offers a chicken, Wellington, lamb or seabass option prepared therein.
Our desserts were selected from the “Puddings” section, one coconut panna cotta with mango sorbet and one sticky toffee pudding with caramelized banana ice cream, both of which were as delicious as they sound. Service was personal and attentive with the waitress having a great knowledge of the menu and the food offered. With the restaurant being inside a luxury hotel, and a family-owned luxury boutique hotel at that, you benefit from that extra level of service not found in most stand-alone restaurants. The staff is used to seeing regulars, both locals and guests who are there for multiple nights and strives to deliver a more personal experience.
Inside The Arch London
50 Great Cumberland Place
I discovered Hunter 486 and planned a lot of my London luxury adventure on Visit London.com, the city’s official tourism portal. It’s a great resource for what to see, do and eat and where to stay.
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