Getting lost in London is definitely underrated. It’s not often I get the time to just get lost in London, as I normally find myself running from one place to the next. From this event, to the next meeting or review. When I found myself exploring Marylebone a little more on my way to the Arch London Hotel, it was shocking to see all the cute restaurants and stunning luxury hotels that are in the area. The Arch London is tucked away in the backstreets of Marylebone offering the five start experience, from hotel stays to their food at their in-house restaurant Hunter 486.
I was recently invited to try out the new menu at Hunter 486. Going with high expectations it is safe to say the experience did not let me down.
Before we were seated, we had a quick tour of the hotel. The entrance didn’t present any doormen, but took a more modernised approach of automatically opening doors.
As you exited the lift, each of the floors greeted you with a dim lighting to set the relaxed mood. The rooms were quite spacious for a boutique hotel, with great facilities. The rooms had an electronic bell system, which was made it more clear if someone was at your door instead of traditionally knocking, taking an extra step to the modern day in age which I loved. There was a lot of natural lighting in each of the rooms (perfect for a blogger!) with installed Nespresso machines, double sink bathrooms and even a tv screen imbedded into the wall of the bath.
Not forgetting the gorgeous decor and the big comfy looking bed. It just made me want to launch onto it and starfish out on it. You would definitely get a good night sleep on those beds.
After our wonderful tour, we were taken back to Hunter 486. I had a little wander around to discover there was a beautiful champagne room attached to the restaurant. A spot for those that just want a quiet chat over a glass of bubbles, which I thought was nicely tailored to the luxury guests that stay at this gorgeous 5-star hotel.
The restaurant itself is a serene spot with a lovely atmosphere and great service. We were seated in the centre of the restaurant in one of their rounded booths, which provided a sense of privacy away from the other guests.
My sister and I both started of with a chuck berry cocktail which was made up of fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries muddled together, with cranberry juice and vanilla syrup. It was a lovely fresh and sweet touch to start the meal.
Accompanying our mocktails was fresh soda and olive bread. Olive bread is one of my favourite varieties of bread, so it was a huge win for me. Super soft and very fresh.
Before we knew it, our starters had arrived. I ordered the cured beef with artichoke, rocket, sun blushed tomatoes and parmesan. A very light and fresh dish for a hot summers day.
My sister ordered the chicken with apricot, pistachios, baby gem and avocado, which was really flavoursome. However, i’m not a massive fan of avocado so it was not to my taste but my sister loved it.
After the light starters, we were ready for something a little more heavier and alcoholic… The rack of lamb cooked medium with crushed potatoes, baby vegetables and herb broth stood out to us the most on the menu. Being brought up eating more lamb than any other sort of red meat, it’s normally our go to. Also, nobody can resist a good rack, can they?!
To accompany the lamb, I had a glass of 2012 Camel Valley Brut and my sister went for a Grace Kelly martini.
The lamb was delicious, so tender, juicy and melted in your mouth. The vegetables were cooked al dente which was perfect and the potatoes were seasoned so well. The broth added some extra flavour to the meat, but not so much that it took the attention away from the lamb itself.
The brut went down a treat, especially it was ice-cold was requested – that’s good service. My sisters cocktail was definitely to her taste. I had a try, but once again not my cup of tea.
We were extremely full by this point, but we still had to look at the dessert menu. Of course I saw something I loved because of my huge sweet tooth, that full feeling suddenly disappeared and my dessert stomach came into play.
I ordered the lemon posset, a light refreshing way to end the meal with a lush tart, lemon twang coming through cleansing the pallet.
My sister went for something a little heavier, just she can never resistant a good chocolate fondant, especially with salted caramel ice-cream and peanut brittle. I have to say that there is something so satisfying about watching the chocolate ooze out. Yummy!
Hats off to the service that was provided at Hunter 486, absolutely brilliant. Amazing food, great drink selection, lovely quiet atmosphere, a real hidden gem in Marylebone. I look forward to staying at The Arch London at some point!
Until next time…