Launceston Place

Price guide: Expensive

1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL

Price guide: Expensive

Launceston Place dining room

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#2 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:5.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
5
5.0
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Romance

Best for Gourmets - Expert review of Launceston Place

The menu's Britishness makes this cosy contemporary restaurant special.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

The staff are accomplished yet unintimidating. They are extremely knowledgeable too.

Location: 

You'll find the restaurant in a series of tiny shop fronts on a corner of residential Kensington.

Price advice: 

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:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
British, Modern
Address:
1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL
Telephone:
020 7937 6912
Website:
http://www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk
Serves:
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:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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