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“Exceptional in so many ways” – Marianne Lumb’s “tiny space for 12” is “like eating in someone’s front room, but with better food”, and with the “small kitchen (a vision of calm efficiency) entirely on view”. “It is rare that a tasting menu is all hits: this is” and “some of her creations are breathtaking”. “Truly welcoming staff” manage the confines of the space well, and it’s an experience many find “romantic”.
Marianne Lumb’s “tiny treasure” (just 14 covers) in Bayswater is “an absolute joy that’s worth every penny!”, with “passionate” personal service, and “confident”, “exquisite” cooking, which create a “wonderfully intimate” experience; “it’s easier to get into Downing Street than to reserve” though.
“A joyous experience”; Marianne Lumb’ serves “astonishing, delicate and wonderful” dishes in the “small and most delightful” dining room of this “intimate” Bayswater yearling – a “very romantic” location, where “the focus is on your food and your partner”.
A Bayswater newcomer of note for its sheer (lack of) size; Marianne Lumb has an impressive cv behind her, and just 14 seats in her restaurant; early press reaction has been very positive.
In September 2013, Marianne took the leap of faith and opened a 14-cover restaurant in Notting Hill with a team of three. The following month Marianne was crowned “London Restaurant Festival Chef of the Year 2013”. The team grew, and in 2014 “Restaurant Marianne” was the highest new entry in London at no. 48 in the Sunday Times Top 100, one of only two women head chefs in the top 50.
The restaurant continues to evolve and recently moved to offering "tasting menus" only, serving and highlighting the most beautiful, seasonal produce.