Hero and Leander were invited to Hush in celebration of their 18th birthday. Amongst the cobbled streets and evening revellers we found an establishment that was keen to present its new face of style and pizazz.
What is Hush?
Nestled away in the heart of London’s Mayfair district, Hush is a members club without the membership requirement. In a quintessentially British townhouse the venue seeks to entertain its patrons with style over good cuisine and relaxed evening drinks. With the interiors designed by Russell Sage, the designer behind places such as The Hospital Club and The Zetter Townhouse, the feel is distinctly one of a luxury hotel vibe. Stepping through the door from the small courtyard outside you’ll immediately enter the brasserie area and be shown to your table for the evening. Sat among other diners we had time to peruse the interior’s decor with key details adorning the walls such as murals and mirrors, that tend to give the space a larger than it actually is feel.
Where is Hush?
Lancashire Court, within the small network of mews streets amongst the busy shopping areas of Bond Street and South Motcombe Street. But don’t be fooled by Hush’s off main road location. It’s certainly not a secret spot and you’ll be literally rubbing shoulders to have to make your way through the evenings diners, smokers and social drinkers of all the other nearby bars and eateries to arrive at your destination. This all adds to the buzz of the location though.
What can I eat there?
The menu brings to you a wide selection of dishes, some brand new with of course old favorites such as Duck Confit Shepherds Pie and Lobster Taglierini still featuring. There’s also a little food showmanship in the Cacio e Pepe, a dish served next to your table and served inside a giant cheese wheel! Certainly one for the showoffs amongst you. A tested menu over two decades is evident, on paper at least and we were keen to get stuck in to the flavours and smells that were emanating from the kitchens and nearby tables. We started with a burrata served with almonds, honey and thyme a lovely light and fresh way to commence the meal and enjoy with a glass of white. Our other starter, a pan fried octopus with spiced cauliflower, ginger and yoghurt was a little underwhelming having been overcooked and was now a dressed piece of rubber on the plate unfortunately.
The mains we chose were a fillet steak and spicy Kerala chicken curry. We also had a side of wonderful Aspen cheesy, truffle fries. The steak was cooked to a far better standard and full of flavour. Sat on a bed of rosti and served with morels and a Madeira jus. The flavours are rich and paired well with a deep red wine. The chicken curry is also a dish that doesn’t disappoint as it arrives with a host of accompaniments and sat within a copper pan for full effect.
How about drinks at the bar?
You mean the Aviation Bar? Upstairs is a dedicated area to enjoy a drink, which is always welcome to separate those enjoying a meal. It also doesn’t just have a catchy name, with the travel and aviation theme running through the details here like gasoline through a jet engine. Rooms have been christened names such as the Concorde Room and vintage pilot key fobs instead of bar tabs complete the experience. The cocktail menu brings together world influences and is designed with travel in mind. You can select a drink from all four corners of the globe. Emily decided to stay home, ordering a Join The Kew, a London’s no.1 Gin with Yerba Mate, Guarana Tea, Liquorice Tea, Lychee Juice, Green Chartreuse.
I on the other hand decided on a nod to the Raffles’ classic, a Singapore Fling. Bulldog Gin joins the party with Cointreau, La Fee Absinthe, pineapple and lime juice.
If the weather outside is fine then one can always sit on the patio which is adorned with tables and chairs, planting and heaters.
Is Hush busy?
We didn’t find it to be busy, but that was a good thing. There was certainly enough people to give it a Mayfair ambience but not so many that it was uncomfortable. It’s far more pleasurable having company that you can share a conversation, without having to compete with your fellow patrons. The seating area outside is certainly the place to be on a summer’s evening after work with many guests simply selecting to sit in the air and enjoy a drink.
Hush is a great looking place and has a lively and friendly vibe. This makes it an excellent place to meet friends after work and enjoy a cocktail or some wine. The food is tasty, well thought through and presented however we were left slightly wanting on the level of quality to price ratio. The interiors are very stylish and cool and they haven’t missed a trick here selecting a heavy weight designer to deliver the face of the restaurant.
No.8 Lancashire Court,