Hunter 486, the restaurant within the boutique hotel The Arch hotel London has a brand new restaurant menu concept brought to you by Head Chef Gary Durrant at Hunter 486 and Henrietta Green; Food and Hospitality consultant, award-winning food writer, broadcaster and author of ‘Food Lover’s Guide to Britain’.
‘Best of British’ recipes, ingredients and produce inspire the menu. Everything is prepared honestly and simply and to top it all cooked to perfection in a stone oven. As this cooks at such a high heat all meat and fish dishes are produced with fast succulent results. The menu includes small pots, boards and bowls to share either at the bar of over a cocktail (or two!), or in the restaurant as a starter or main course. To me this makes the whole dining experience more intimate, friendly and breaks down any barriers within a group once you break bread and share with each other.
I took my daughter for lunch and we had a fabulous time. The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming, in some hotel restaurants I sometimes feel there is a ‘cool’ atmosphere, possibly because they are mostly used by guests within the hotel and not so busy during the lunch hour. However, with Hunter 486 there is a great vibe, the layout is cosy yet without the feeling of overhearing the next tables conversation and the design and artwork great fun.
We shared a cauliflower and blue cheese soup and some homemade crisps made with lemon, sage and sea salt – they were so good I had to stop the minx from having them all as her lunch (we did take the leftovers home afterwards though). She then had chicken and I the mushroom tart – presentation was great and the portion size generous.
Fortunately we left room for dessert; she had the chocolate fondant with orange ice cream, I had the sticky toffee pudding. Unfortunately we weren’t staying at the hotel as we could have both benefited from an afternoon snooze.
Hunter 486 is great for meetings, business lunches or when out in the West End and want somewhere a little more upmarket with decent food and service.