I walked into The Westbury with a sudden swagger in my step.
This five-star hotel in the heart of Mayfair off Old Bond Street garuntees to make you feel like a movie star with low lighting, swathes of marble jigsawed with walls of smooth wood panelling.
I was getting a taster of a new Michelin-starred supper club launching for one night only in July, which is a collaboration between the Westbury’s in-house chef Alyn Williams and British sparkling wind brand Nyetimber.
Scrap the white, red and dessert wine combo. This tasting dinner is all about the bubbles.
Shown swiftly to one of the venue’s private dining rooms, I settled in for the surprise feast with the menu set to change for the public event.
The thing I instantly liked about the eatery was that it felt classy without being stuffy.
The acoustics were perfect and the soft light flattering.
I kicked things off with a class of Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee which hit the spot perfectly, with the cold bubbles making the stuffy heat of the street feeling like a distant memory.
We were joined by a highly-charismatic Nymtimber ambassador, who ran us through the different sparkling wines which were served with each course.
I’ve met some of the Nyetimber team before, and something that really shines through is how proud they are to work for the firm.
I’d opted for a vegetarian menu, to give it a test, while my friend stuck to the run of things.
To tickle the tastebuds, a spread of canapés were laid out before us along with some moreish rounds of fresh-baked bread.
After we speedily snaffled the nibbles, the main event kicked off.
A delicate glass bowl of pea mousse and yogurt granita was put before me to start, followed by a meaty serving of roasted cauliflower topped with hazelnuts and black garlic.
Everything was absolutely divine, with top notch presentation and delicate flavours making for an elegant affair.
To accompany both dishes, we had a glass of the 2009 Nyetimber Classic Cuvee followed by a richer 2010 Blanc de Blancs.
But the star of the show was the was the punchy 1998 Blanc de Blancs, glowing a deep shade of gold.
I loved the rich flavour of this rare tipple but it wasn’t to everyone’s liking.
With the bubbles putting everyone in a fine mood, dessert suddenly sailed our way.
On the sweets front we were treated to a neat pannacottas topped with strawberries and Alyn Williams’ signature show topping dish: the Walnut Whip.
The deliciously nutty chocolate morsel came served with a gold walnut perched on top.
Complementing the flavours was a glass of sweeter Demi-Sec.
If you’re free on July 24 I can’t encourage you enough to snap up tickets for this one-off event.
It’s perfect date night material.
Alyn Williams told us diners will be served a different menu but they can expect a ‘modern style of cooking with some Alyn Williams classics’.
And to continue your night in style, the Westbury has 178 rooms and 27 suites.
The perfect excuse to eat, drink and be terribly merry!
The Westbury’s Michelin-starred five-course supper club takes place on Tuesday July 24 from 6pm – 9pm at Alyn Williams.
Tickets, which are priced at £144, can be reserved at www.alynwilliams.com/events
The Westbury is located at 37 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YF