Harden's survey result
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“Wow! I didn’t think this place could possibly live up to the hype, but it did… and easily!” Brett Graham’s “sophisticated” Notting Hill HQ delivers a pitch-perfect performance and again topped the survey’s nominations for offering London’s best meal of the year. But for all his “stunningly well-crafted” cuisine (“so many dishes that were so memorable”) and “perfectly matched wines”, it’s the “unpretentious, customer-first attitude that makes a meal here that much more enjoyable”: “everyone’s relaxed and having a great time!”
Brett Graham’s virtuoso cuisine has established his “special yet unstuffy” Notting Hill HQ as London’s No. 1 gastronomic address (topping this year’s survey nominations as best meal of the year, and losing only narrowly to The Araki in achieving the highest food rating). “Absence of snob factor” is key: dishes are “sophisticated and elaborate without being pretentious”; “utterly charming” staff are “much more easy-going than at many Michelin-starred peers”; and the “well-spaced” interior lacks grandiosity while being “calm and relaxing”.
“Brett Graham simply doesn’t falter” at this “utterly brilliant” Notting Hill champion – yet again London’s No. 1 foodie address thanks to his “adventurous” culinary creations “perfectly executed with panache”. The “muted luxury” of the room is all part of an experience combining “subtle understated elegance, and care given to every detail”.
“Superb meals seem natural”, at Brett Graham’s “flawless” Notting Hill stand-out: yet again London’s No. 1 restaurant; there’s “no pomp” – staff are “so naturally courteous and efficient” – and his “inspired” cuisine is “as close to perfect as you can get”.
The Ledbury Restaurant Diner Reviews
"At The Ledbury everything from beginning to end is effortlessly smooth and classy with an easy professionalism that other restaurants could learn from. The welcome is properly welcoming, the dining room exemplary with the right amount of space between tables to ensure comfort and inspire a pleasing ambience, the food is uniformly top-notch throughout the meal and full of the wow-factor with the little touches that can lift the dishes above and beyond what one might expect simply from the description in the menu, and the wines chosen to match the food are superior to those found at other venues supposedly on a level with The Ledbury. Every single member of the staff is enthusiastic and well-schooled, recognising the merits of their place of work and instinctively knowing just what to do and how to do it to ensure the diner feels relaxed yet respected, and they all glory in the opportunity to give the customer a marvellous, complete dining experience. The kitchen was certainly in the great form we expected, from the terrific canapÃ©s, guinea fowl mint jelly, cheese puff with game jelly and muntjac ball with pho-style brioche and crispy shallot, to the excellent petits fours, including a super light cinnamon cigarette. These little wonders parenthesised a superlative series of dishes which emphasised the chefâ€™s skills, balancing ingredients, tastes, textures and creative presentation to leave the diner wanting to start the meal all over again. The combination of sea bream tartare, oyster Chantilly and grated English wasabi and wasabi leaf was simply outstanding, as was the Cumbrian veal tartare with its grilled artichoke oil, horseradish, and beef fat on toast with truffle sprinkle. We love smoked eel, and serving it with clay-baked white beetroot and English caviar was a master stroke, which was followed by a very special version of a cooked breakfast in the form of a bantam egg with dried ham, celeriac, truffle and a hint of Arbois. The first of the main dishes provided a real surprise, as it was the first time we had ever had monkfish with orange, which, with the superb pumpkin and shellfish purÃ©e, made for a completely new and utterly delicious variation on one of our favourite fish. Another favourite of ours, the hen of the woods mushroom, was cleverly barbecued and accompanied by some superlative pork temple and crackling and completed with potato emulsion and finished with rosemary. The saddle of Chinese water deer, surprisingly sourced from Norfolk, with smoked bone marrow, pickled beetroot cream, beetroot, quince and red leaves was sensational, and we finished our brilliant meal with an incredibly light Christmas tart wallowing in what seemed to be a GlÃ¼hwein sauce and orange and cardamom ice cream. Anywhere across the Channel, The Ledbury would have three Michelin stars."
"Top of the tree. Restaurant food is often labelled memorable when it is not. The Ledbury lives up to the praise."
"Still the best game in town. Maybe not the most glamorous dining room but excellent, welcoming service, helpful sommelier team and the best food...keep going back despite grown up prices."
127 Ledbury Rd, London, W11 2AQ
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lunch noon - 2 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 9.45 pm
Last orders: 9.45 pm