1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Romance
Best for Gourmets - Expert review of Launceston Place
I’d rather eat here than at many of London’s Michelin-starred restaurants. Chef Tristan Welch is one of the most exciting exponents of modern British cooking – the fact that his shoulders aren’t already heavily laden with stars, rosettes and other gongs says more about the self-appointed judges than it does about this gorgeous restaurant.
Expect contemporary cooking firmly rooted in British ingredients and traditional recipes. I’m wowed by so many things they do: from the beribboned homemade potato crisps to the pickled herring served where others would hand olives, and the tiny lemon madeleines brought with a pot of chantilly cream for dunking. We loved the smoked partridge served with oatmeal, heather and whisky; venison tartar with quail eggs, English mustard and walnut dressing; smoked dark chocolate pudding. The meat cookery (Herdwick lamb, aged sirloin, Tamworth suckling pig) is second to none, and OMG OMG OMG the hazelnut mash – very likely the best mash on the planet. Put yourself in the hands of the affable sommelier when it comes to choosing wine – the list is sensational and it’s worth splashing out.
The restaurant has dark chocolate walls with shimmering Art Deco-ish fabrics and a diverse choice of art. The crowd mostly comprises people who live within the pop of a Champagne cork.
The staff are accomplished yet unintimidating. They are extremely knowledgeable too.
You'll find the restaurant in a series of tiny shop fronts on a corner of residential Kensington.
The set lunch is sensational value at £26 for three courses (Sunday) and £20 for three courses (weekdays). Otherwise the à la carte is £45 per person, and tasting menu £58.
More information on Launceston Place:
- Price guide:
- British, Modern
- 1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL
- 020 7937 6912
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon 6pm-10.30pm; Tue-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6.30-9.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards: