Food and drink
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 [node:172430].
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions