This £49, 7-course tasting menu features childhood favourites including a dish served in a Corn Flakes box

W LondonW London’s latest menu is inspired by childhood favourites.
  • A London chef has launched a seven-course tasting menu inspired by his childhood.
  • It includes a “granola” served in a Corn Flakes box and cereal bowl, “egg n soldiers,” and a take on fish and chips.
  • The menu is available at The Perception at the W London Hotel until the end of February for £49 ($US63).

A London chef has launched a seven-course tasting menu inspired by childhood memories – and it involves a dish served in a Corn Flakes box.

27-year-old Ben Murphy, who is currently Head Chef at Kensington’s Launceston Place and has trained in Michelin-starred kitchens, created the menu as part of W London’s Dining Series.

Priced at £49 ($US63), the meal takes guests “on an exciting journey through his childhood memories, where every dish is designed to surprise and humour even the most experienced palates” – and they’re all pretty Instagrammable.


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The menu only gives away three ingredients per dish, so diners are kept guessing – but the hotel shared the full menu with INSIDER.

The meal kicks off with an amuse-bouche, “egg n soldiers,” which combines “foie gras royale and a creamy scrambled egg mousse.”

W London

Next up is the chicken liver parfait with blood orange and crispy chicken skin granola, served in a bowl like cereal.

Corn flakesW London

The third dish is pickled beetroot served with a hearty braised oxtail and lemon thyme consommé, inspired by Murphy’s memories of eating oxtail soup in bed when he was sick.

Beet roseW London

The next course is a take on fish and chips using charred hake, Jerusalem artichoke, and a vanilla reduction…

Ben Murphy W Dining Series 4W London

…as well as venison served with Pont Neuf potatoes, spiced pine, and roasted parsnips.

VenisonW London

For dessert, diners can expect “Ben’s Pear” served with timur and a hazelnut crumb – a homage to Murphy’s nana’s pear crumble…

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…as well as “Choc Ice,” served with a honey and milk mousse and blackberry gel.

Choc iceW London

According to the W London, the menu aims to “transform the stuffy and overly-formal connotations often associated with a gastronomic set menu.”

“Bringing together a selection of my childhood memories and my sense of humour whilst using a range of cutting-edge cooking techniques has been immense fun,” Murphy said.

Ben murphyW London

The £49 menu will be served in the W Hotel London’s bar and lounge, The Perception, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. until the end of February 2019, with a smaller two-course theatre menu available for £17.50 ($US22.50) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the festive period.

The menu is the latest in W London’s Dinner Series, which, since launching in 2017 to coincide with the launch of the hotel’s new bar and lounge, has involved a bespoke menu by Australian-born chef Magnus Reid and a 100% vegan menu from Ravinder Bhogal.


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