January 2017: Ben Murphy, formerly head chef at The Woodford, has joined Launceston Place as head chef.
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This “lovely townhouse tucked away in the back streets of Kensington” has “had several recent changes of chef/patron under D&D group”, of which the latest is Ben Murphy, who arrived from The Woodford in early 2017. Fans say his “modern, inventive and delicious cuisine is taking them back into Michelin territory” but there are also those who feel “it’s now more expensive and impressive rather than compelling”. Top Tip – “excellent value early bird menu”.
Raphael Francois “has maintained the excellent standards” set by Tim Allen at this “understated” townhouse in a gorgeous Kensington backwater (while “taking the menu in a welcome Gallic direction”). It’s D&D London’s best all-rounder nowadays: “relaxed yet opulent”, with notably “charming” service and “sound, refined cooking”.
In a Kensington backstreet, this “very quiet and romantic” townhouse is a classic choice for an “intimate” date; it’s currently on a high – “nothing seems too much trouble” for the “attentive” staff, and the cuisine has been consistently “excellent” in recent times – let’s hope it survives the August 2015 departure of chef Tim Allen.
“Tucked away in the backstreets of Kensington”, this “calm, comfortable and intimate” townhouse is picture book-perfect for a “discreet, romantic dinner”; fans applaud its “elegant” cuisine too (although it can sometimes seem rather “safe”).
Launceston Place Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Disappointing food which did not match up to the service and atmosphere though the amuse bouche were excellent."
1a Launceston Pl, London, W8 5RL
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LUNCH: Tues - Sat 12pm - 2.30pm Sun 12pm - 2.30pm; DINNER: Mon - Sat 6.00pm - 10.00pm Sun 6.30pm - 10pm
Last orders: 10 pm, Sun 9.30 pm