Harden's survey result
“A five-star experience” – this posher-than-usual neighbourhood haunt, by Kew Gardens tube station is “the lowest profile in the Chez Bruce stable”. Arguably “the dining room itself is a little uninspiring, but it has a good atmosphere when it’s full”, and the operation generally shows “similar care and professionalism” to its siblings, down to the “expert cuisine”; “well chosen, affordable wine list”; and “top cheeseboard”. After a rocky patch, long term fans feel it’s “sprung back to form”, but scores have yet to hit their old highs here, and a more representative view is that “it’s not as superlative as it was, but of very high quality nevertheless”.
“In the style of sister establishments Chez Bruce and La Trompette”, this neighbourhood star in a parade of shops right by Kew Gardens tube station also has a fine record of “superb, well-balanced cooking with great seasonal ingredients”. Its ratings sagged quite noticeably this year, though, with numerous reports that performance is “off the boil” of late, and – “with the quality seeming to have dipped” – it can seem “quiet” or “a bit lacking in atmosphere”.
“Interesting cuisine in the style of sister establishments, Chez Bruce and La Trompette” help distinguish this bright, contemporary (“slightly bland”) dining room by Kew Gardens as “a real treat of a local”. Ratings recovered this year, thanks to consistent praise for its “discreet and polite service” and “food that’s always bang on”.
Though never quite a match for its stablemate, Chez Bruce, this “sunny” (“slightly bland”) dining room by Kew Gardens tube has always boasted similarly “sparkling and seasonal” modern cuisine, and “diligent and friendly” service. On most accounts it remains as “superb” as ever, but its ratings took an unexpected knock this year, due to a few reports of meals “not up to expectations” and, in particular, “tiny portions”.
The Glasshouse is owned by Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole, the team behind acclaimed London restaurants Chez Bruce and La Trompette.
The Glasshouse opened for business in 1999, gained a Michelin star in 2002 and has maintained an outstanding reputation for food, wine and customer care ever since. Despite some fairly lofty industry awards over the years, we have always enjoyed our rooted position as a neighbourhood and local restaurant. We strive therefore, to provide the very best food and service within a warm, friendly and relaxed environment.
The dining room is overseen by the highly experienced and welcoming Kern Gohre, a true hospitality professional. Kern and his team take great pride in doing their very utmost to give all our guests a top class and memorable dining experience.
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The Glasshouse Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A superb restaurant in Kew, close to the station. The menu is imaginative; the food is superbly cooked and the service is charming and efficient. The wine list is extensive and interesting with good value wines well represented. A great place for a good value celebration"
"New Year's Eve Dinner, Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Very enjoyable evening"
"superb food: inventive, well-balanced, fantastic take on pork belly, wonderful desserts, as good as it has consistently been since it opened. Service charming and willing, but youthful and lacking a little direction. "
"Bright, airy, spacious. Beautiful, elaborate dishes, perhaps to the very slight detriment to the impact of the interesting and bang-on fresh ingredients. Service attentive, again perhaps occasionally intrusive, had the common sommelier trouble of being ignored when I said I wanted to pour the wine myself."
"Excellent lunch with two friends but alas their service was not immaculate - offered wrong dishes to person who ordered them, misallocated items to our individual bills, otherwise charming"
14 Station Pde, Kew, TW9 3PZ
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, Sun - 12:30 - 3pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm, Sun 7 - 9:30
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Sun 10 pm