127 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AQ
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Special occasions
Expert review of The Ledbury
Lunch at the Ledbury used to be considered one of the great bargains of London’s gourmet scene, but as applause for chef Brett Graham’s accomplished cooking has risen, so have the prices. Now it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the city’s most heralded restaurants. The excellent Viajante (www.viajante.co.uk) in Bethnal Green – being newer and based in east London – would be thought by some to be the cooler booking to make, but the Ledbury has the benefit of enduring consistency and cosseting surrounds.
Intricate, clear-flavoured ingredients in intricate combinations that dazzle the mind as much as the eye and palate. The menu gives the best idea of what to expect: sea bass with confit squid, buckwheat and nasturtium; grouse with prunes cooked in lapsang souchong tea, walnut milk and ceps; olive oil panna cotta with fig leaf granita, fig leaf ice cream and citrus beignets – that last one’s a dessert, though if you thought it mightn’t be, you’re still on the right track. Sourcing of the major proteins is local and seasonal. This is a surprisingly good choice for vegetarians, too, who are offered their own eight-course tasting menu. The extensive international wine list is terrific, featuring a wide choice of wines by the glass and some excellent bottled beers.
Restrained and elegant with arched windows, long black drops of fabric, black chandeliers and pearl-coloured leather. The umbrella-ed outdoor tables are very appealing in good weather.
Not as pretentious as you might expect from such a high falutin’ establishment.
Residential Notting Hill.
Weekday set lunches are £27.50 for two courses, £33.50 for three; Sunday lunch offers a greater choice of dishes and is £40 for three courses. The regular dinner carte is £70 for three courses, while an eight-course tasting menu is £85 per person, or £130 with matching wines.
The various people behind the Ledbury help run a clutch of outstanding, mainly-French restaurants, including The Square (www.squarerestaurant.com) in Mayfair, Chez Bruce (www.chezbruce.co.uk) on Wandsworth Common, The Glasshouse (www.glasshouserestaurant.co.uk) in Kew and La Trompette (www.latrompette.co.uk) in Chiswick. All are worth a visit if you’re staying nearby. Brett Graham is also a partner in the superb The Harwood Arms.
More information on The Ledbury:
- Price guide:
- British, French, Fusion, Modern
- 127 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AQ
- 020 7792 9090
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Sun noon-3pm, 7-10pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
- Free tags / Keywords:
- seasonal game