Hidden away in a cobbled courtyard, just a few steps from Bond Street, is Mayfair icon Hush. The townhouse, which has remained a firm favourite on the capital’s dining scene for nearly two decades, turns 18 this year, and what better way to mark the occasion than with a major facelift – and an equally impressive new menu?
Working his magic on the interiors, is the unparalleled Russell Sage. The creative force behind the likes of The Hospital Club, Little Social and The Zetter Townhouse, he has marked Hush’s “coming of age” with another impeccable design imbued with his customary flamboyant twist.
Russell was asked to create an atmosphere reflecting Hush’s central ethos: to be a “private members’ club without the membership,” and this ambiance is evident from the moment you cross the threshold.
As you step through the courtyard of this glorious townhouse, so you will immediately find yourself in the spectacular new ground-floor brasserie, which switches seamlessly from buzzy daytime bistro to dazzling evening restaurant. At the entrance, Russell has created a striking new bar and counter seating – perfect for a post-shop pick-me-up – whilst the bold, jewel-toned banquette seating and mismatched tables and chairs throughout give diners a different experience in each area they dine. Bespoke hand- painted murals, antique planters and clever use of mirrors have succeeded in creating a space that is in keeping with Hush’s relaxed but chic identity, ideal whether you’re popping in for a business lunch, or a stylish dinner celebration.
The Brasserie is also the place to enjoy the ultimate food theatre, as Hush have re- invented this season’s “must have” dish, Cacio e Pepe, serving it table side…in a giant cheese wheel..
Succeeding in elevating a simple dish to extraordinary levels, this is one of the many surprises on the new menu. Diners can now select from an array of small plates and sharing dishes – ideal for enjoying the convivial atmosphere – from Pao de Queijo Hot Breadsticks with sundried tomato tapenade and Polenta Crusted Avocado to Pan-Fried Octopus with spiced cauliflower, ginger and yoghurt.
Worried those Hush classics may have disappeared? Fear not, there is always a place for much-loved favourites like Lobster Taglierini, Duck Confit Shepherd’s Pie, Aspen Fries (originally created by Hush, and regularly voted the best in London) and of course, the legend that is the Mars Bar Cheesecake.
Ascend to the first floor and yet another surprise awaits in the ultra-glamorous shape of the new Aviator Bar.
Here, the Hush team were inspired by the sensual, “hotel bar” feel of the original bar to create a setting reminiscent of the golden age of travel, where discerning guests could hang out at any time of the day or night.
The space has not only been redesigned, but reconfigured by Russell Sage, ensuring even greater levels of comfort. Dining at the bar is now a lot more relaxing, with lower lighting and clever use of colour. The overall design is tighter and more focussed, offset with fun travellers’ ephemera in illuminated cube-shaped display cases, and sketches of hot air balloons on the walls. Little touches like retro pilots’ key fobs in place of bar tabs, and cosy private “boudoir”, bedecked with model planes and christened the “Concorde Room”, add to the aviation theme.
Complemented by familiar elements such as the townhouse’s intimate first floor Italian restaurant, Blades, and one of the best outdoor dining spaces in London, the all-new Hush will delight regulars, offer a whole new level of experience for first-timers and ensure it celebrates many more milestone birthdays to come.
Hush, No.8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London W1S 1EY