Launceston Place

Address: 1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7937 6912

- Expensive

5

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
5
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Food and drink
5
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
4.2
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance

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