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"excellent as always"
"Having eaten at this superb restaurant last year, I wanted to book lunch for our anniversary in March. Although I called in January, I was told they were booked up. I asked if they kept a waiting list and they did; so I asked to go on it and was told I was first on the list. Sadly I heard nothing more and so we ate at another Michelin star restaurant on the day. I can accept that the Ledbury had not had a single cancellation, but it would have been good customer service for me to get an email message to say they were sorry I was disappointed on this occasion - especially as I explained it was our anniversary! Hope this is not asking too much, but I can't imagine it would take the reservations staff very long to send a standard, nice little message."
"The Ledbury It is really reassuring to know that you can rely on some restaurants to deliver an inspiring dining experience, and The Ledbury, which has long been on our elite list, will continue to be so while it achieves such a high level of gourmet satisfaction, and manages to keep the damage to its customers’ bank balance to a level which is very reasonable by comparison with certain other two-star undertakings in London, something that was mirrored by the fact that it was full to overflowing and even turning tables, and this on a Wednesday evening in a dead month like January. The utterly charming welcome was a foretaste of the ultimate in relaxed professionalism typical of the front of house staff so ably directed by Darren and Sam and well backed up by Seamus, the knowledgeable new sommelier, and Martin, our waiter. The one problem with The Ledbury is trying to pick a favourite dish. Take the canapés, for example - the guinea fowl puffs with mint jelly and the smoked mussel crème with perfect crackers were both top-notch, but the muntjac dumplings were just hot venison heaven. Then the natural sweetness of clay-baked candy beetroot slices was modified by the amazing Exmoor caviar to become an ideal match for the smoked, dried eel. Our ravings about that dish were then cut short by stunning Chinese artichokes combining with ham and grated foie gras in a wonderful grape sauce. How could we choose between the two? No time to dwell on such things though because the next dish was Brett Graham’s take on ham and eggs, which was redolent of truffle as it came to the table and the super tasty bantam’s egg was transfigured in conjunction with its celeriac and truffle partners. Then, when we thought it couldn’t possibly get better, came another memorable winner - soft, flavoursome lobster tail wrapped in Shiitake with sea purslane and pine nuts bathing in a wonderful lobster and sherry vinegar sauce, simply delicious; the second helping of lobster was a really clever dish of pulled claw meat contrasted with roasted cauliflower and a light parmesan crisp which went perfectly with the lobster. Even the set-up for the main was a joy with mushroom shavings giving off a terrific nose and prunes with a lovely partridge and foie gras stuffing, and crunchy bacon providing a just level of texture. We were still mulling over what to choose as our favourite dish as the muntjac was put before us, a feast of perfectly pink venison, the two generous cylinders of meat prominent on the plate amid our preferred baby beetroot, unbelievably delicate smoked bone marrow, muntjac sausage, and red leaves completing an artist’s palette of a dish. And there was no let-up; where some restaurants can allow standards to drop a bit with the desserts, here the pre-dessert was a delight, a quenelle of basil ice cream and the lightest little bergamot doughnut in a palate-cleansing passion fruit sauce, and the honey and thyme buffalo milk ice cream with sherry sponge carried on the level of excellence, only to be outdone by the gorgeous malted banana in its warm chocolate tartlet - a real knockout to finish. The whole evening was a seamless sequence of pleasure, possibly the best we’ve had at The Ledbury, which continues to outshine most of the other two-star restaurants we’ve dined in over the last year."
"Stunning food exquisitely presented. We even had an extra course thrown in for free after we raved about the previous dishes. Our fish eating friend had a superb array of courses too. No detail too small."
"One dish too salty for our taste. Service slow to get started. Had to ask for an aperitif."
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