Harden's survey result
“Brett Graham never ceases to amaze” at his “simply sensational” Notting Hill fixture, celebrating its 15th year in 2020, and still idolised by its massive fanclub, who feel it stands “head and shoulders above just about any other restaurant in the capital”. “Superbly crafted, beautifully balanced modern British dishes are full of wonderful contrasts of tastes and textures, using the freshest seasonal ingredients” (notably, “world-beating game”). But there’s a “much more relaxed atmosphere than at most top-end ‘Michelin’ establishments”, with many-a compliment paid to its “easygoing, accommodating and un-fussy” staff; with kudos to sommelier Seamus Williams-Sharkey for his “light touch” and “clever advice introducing you to interesting corners of the world”. Decor is sophisticated if low-key, and “while always busy, it’s easy to have a conversation”.
“Phenomenal on all levels”; Brett Graham’s “unfailingly impressive” Notting Hill favourite only narrowly misses 5/5 in all categories and, for very many discerning foodies, this is “the best restaurant in London”, delivering food that’s “sheer artistry”: “original, brilliantly executed, and with a passion that shines through”. Notwithstanding an interior that’s “serene and upmarket, with comfortably spaced tables”, the overall effect is one of “relaxed confidence throughout” and “less formal than other top-level establishments”: and it’s “so refreshing for a venue of this calibre to have such fun, friendly staff”. “The free take-home compost is a nice touch.”
“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”.
The Ledbury Restaurant Diner Reviews
"When you dine at the Ledbury you are guaranteed a fine dining experience of the highest class, with the food, the wine choice, the front of house staff overseen by the redoubtable Darren McHugh and the atmosphere all contributing to the standard of excellence. Every single dish served deserves praise, from the “snacks” to the desserts, but what stood out were an introductory gem of steamed crumpet topped with a terrific brown crab butter, cured mackerel with a Celtic mustard as good as anything by the Cornish curemaster himself, delicious lobster wrapped in shiitake with brilliantly matching sugar snaps, strikingly meaty hen of the woods mushrooms with potato emulsion, superb aged duck breast with pickled kalibos cabbage and fresh blackberries, beautiful brown sugar tart with a wonderful stem ginger ice cream, and proper millefeuille of the lightest pastry combined with raspberries and balanced against olive oil and thyme. As usual we reckoned that this was three star quality."
|Wine per bottle||£42.00|
127 Ledbury Rd, London, W11 2AQ
|Monday||6:30 pm‑9:45 pm|
|Tuesday||6:30 pm‑9:45 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:45 pm|