Harden's survey result
“A sort of neighbourhood bistro, just beyond the touristy influence of the South Kensington museums” – the main survivor of an erstwhile chain (there’s also a Stratford sibling no-one talks about) “offering British upmarket pub food”, which is variable to good. It’s “a nice and warming place”, but it can become “rather busy and noisy”; and “service, while cheerful and pleasant, is extremely variable”.
“Buzzy and informal”, this pair of farm-to-fork brasseries in South Kensington and Westfield Stratford (shrunk from a mini-chain) “have some interesting English dishes on the menu” which “can be good”. But they are “still unbelievably variable”, and “can be rather noisy and chaotic”.
This “comfy and slightly rustic” West London mini-chain featuring British fare is reduced in numbers nowadays and its performance “continues to vary wildly”. Fans, though, say the service “may be chaotic but is always cheerful”, “love the farm-to-table options”, and find it OK value.
“Some days are really good, other days distinctly ordinary” at this rustically styled chain, where the odd report is of total disaster, but the best praise a “buzzy” atmosphere, plus “good and typically British” dishes.
In South Kensington, a pleasant and well-spaced country-kitchen-style English bistro, offering no-nonsense food at prices which, at lunch, are notably sensible; service on our visit, though pleasant, was very slow.
You feel they really ought to be cooking on an AGA, at this country kitchen-style bistro, on the site of the former Abbaye restaurant in South Kensington.
The food is entirely in keeping with the setting - resolutely English, which, for our tastes, makes it more suited to lunch than dinner. And if you go in the middle of the day, as we did, you can enjoy a 2-course set menu, offering the sort of simple comforting fare you might get from mum, for just £12. The price includes some good rustic bread, apparently made on the premises.
Service is jolly, though on our visit was inexplicably slow Perhaps they really are trying to cook it all on an AGA? The delay was all the more difficult to comprehend as we effectively ordered soup (cauliflower) followed by soup, the waitress having failed to point out that, although the main course was described as stew, it was in fact much more like a soup with solid bits in it than a stew in the usual, rich English sense.
If you have plenty of time, though, this is still a nicely warming destination on a cold day.
Last orders: 10.45 pm