Harden's survey result
“We schlep across town from E18 two or three times a year and we always have a wonderful experience!” – this “consistently fabulous” destination occupies a low-profile location in a Chiswick sidestreet, but remains the “go-to-choice in West London” for many reporters and “rivals many more high-profile West End temples of gastronomy”. Like its even-more-famous stablemate, Chez Bruce, its “bright”, neighbourhood-style interior is smart but far from flash – the “spoiling experience” it delivers derives from its “seriously imaginative and beautifully executed” modern cuisine and its “seamless and charming” service. And it offers “very good value”, too: “this is exactly what every restaurant at this price point should aspire to”. On the downside, the table layout can seem “too crowded”, and there were also very occasional good-but-not-great meals reported this year: “are they a bit stretched since they added more covers?”
“The kind of restaurant that sets the gold standard” – this “classy and understated” neighbourhood star has an obscure location in a Chiswick side street and echoes the “unshowy” excellence of its stablemate Chez Bruce, “delivering the goods year on year”. “Novel, vibrant and exciting cooking still thrills and surprises” and service, likewise, “is outstanding – you never feel like a waiter is looking over your shoulder but the staff are attentive to everything”. The persnickety feel that the interior is maybe a mite “clinical”, but most reporters feel “the surroundings are lovely”, “all very relaxed”, cosseted by “the hum of happy diners”.
“A consistent class act, year-in-year-out” – this “perfect local” (“people of Chiswick, do you know how lucky you are?”) is “pretty much on a par with Chez Bruce”, its stablemate. “The sublime cooking manages to be classic, yet with exciting elements popping up in each dish”, staff are “first rate” and – though “relaxed” – its “elegant” styling would not be out of place in the West End.
“You can’t fail to have a good meal” at this “West End-style operation” off Chiswick’s main drag, whose “very accomplished cuisine” and “polished” service (“insightful wine advice” in particular) create an experience almost “on a par with Chez Bruce” (its stablemate). “Worth the schlep across town”… says a fan from E18!
La Trompette opened in 2001 and has been showered with accolades since the outset; a reflection of the care, dedication and energy invested in the restaurant by the whole team. It serves some of the best food in London but without the formality or prices associated with the capital’s top end establishments.
We closed at the beginning of 2013 for a complete refurbishment, and have expanded to include a brand new kitchen, private dining and improved customer facilities. The new appearance has not changed the focus of the restaurant. The aim is as it always has been, to give all our guests the best possible dining experience from start to finish.
La Trompette remains under the same ownership which includes other notable restaurants Chez Bruce and The Glasshouse.
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Rob Weston took over the kitchen at La Trompette in February 2013. Rob’s career reads rather like a great food guide; working at a senior level for Marco Pierre White followed by Guy Savoy in Paris, Le Gavroche and then, most recently, 15 years as Phil Howard’s right arm and Head Chef at The Square.
Rob’s feet however remain planted firmly at the stove; the phrase “I’d rather be cooking” sums up Rob’s passion for the kitchen rather than the paper shuffling that comes with it.
Our new dining room includes a smart contemporary space which can accommodate up to 16 guests for private use. The room situated at the front of the restaurant, boasts great natural light and is equally suited to a celebration, a business lunch or simply a gathering of friends.
We will do our utmost to make your event a success and are happy to arrange the room, the menu and the service to suit your requirements.
We are also able to hire the entire restaurant for exclusive use. Please contact us for details:
La Trompette Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Went on a Monday lunchtime so things were pretty quiet but the food was still excellent - a welcome return several years after our last of many visits and so glad the place still had it. Service was strangely haphazard, which they noticed themselves and rectified. "
"Finally had my first visit to the Chiswick institution that is La Trompette at a mid-week lunch. It was pleasingly busy, creating a nice little buzz, which I didn't expect. Coffered ceiling helped lift the decor and ambience. The set lunch has a fantastic array of options (6 per course), showing lunch is not an afterthought as it is at so many central London Michelin starred restaurants. A starter of grain risotto was served brown, signifying the deliciously rich juices, which was aided by crispy suckling pig. Mains of venison for me and lamb for my friend were perfection. Rich juices, beautifully cooked meat, served with various cuts cooked differently. Portion was large - a pleasant surprise for lunch. Desserts were refreshing rose meringue and the apple souffle was very popular across the restaurant. Although it had risen, it was rather wet inside, but the clever crunchy crumb topping added the texture. Service was attentive, but the poor Greek sommelier struggled to create any conversation around the wine, despite us opting for a bottle twice over twice the price of our individual food. The best value fine dining lunch in London without a doubt and the best, rich french food I've had in years"
5-7 Devonshire Rd, London, W4 2EU
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, Sun 3 pm, dinner 6.30 pm, Sun 7 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Sun 9.30 pm