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Summary

“There’s no messing around by chefs trying to be clever: just first class ingredients allowed to speak for themselves” alongside a “fabulous wine list” and “so-gracious” service at Sally Clarke’s California-inspired institution – a Kensington stalwart that “isn’t content to rest on its laurels”, and whose “fresh-flavoured dishes” are “some of the best seasonal food in London”. “The main room’s elegant decor makes it feel more like a private dining room than a restaurant and the tables are set far enough apart to allow for quiet conversation” making it a favourite for romance (of the silver-haired variety). “A warm welcome from Sally each and every visit sets the tone for a great evening” (“she must have some clones of herself, as she always seems to be around!”).

£76
 ££££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Although a classic of the neighbourhood, it doesn’t rest on its laurels” and “how standards have stayed so high here over all these years is a testament to the omnipresent and charming Sally Clarke”. “Superb ingredients are cooked with a light touch”, in the Californian style that first inspired her, while “professional-without-hovering” service is “absolutely spot on”. “If you are under thirty, the only downside is that it can be full of ‘old timers’”.

£71
  £££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Still delivering exceptional food after all these years: amazing!” Sally Clarke’s “very grown up” temple to seasonal cuisine off Notting Hill (“everything is carefully chosen by Sally herself”) delivers “simple and wonderful” cooking – “very fresh” and prepared with “a gentle rarity of touch and seasoning”. Old-timers may complain that “the enlarged eating area has removed the special intimacy of old” but “the packed house says she’s called it right” and it’s “a safe bet for business” and “romantic” too.

£64
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Sally Clarke’s “fabulous”, “honest”, “incredibly fresh”, seasonal cuisine is “re-establishing itself” after a few rocky years at her long-serving Kensington HQ; service is “charming and sensitive”, and the refurb and expansion a year or two ago has “enhanced the ambience”.

£69
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Sally Clarke opened her doors in December 1984 offering daily changing menus, reflecting the best and freshest from the market. Still today, the lunch and dinner a la carte and set menus are constantly evolving throughout the week, with the changing of the seasons' produce.
Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day except Sunday, our set menus are priced as follows:  Lunch £ 27 For 2 or £ 33 For 3 courses. The 3 course Dinner menu is
£ 39


Set amongst the elegant streets of Kensington and just a stone's throw from the vibrant Notting Hill area, this gem of a restaurant has been attracting both locals and vistors to the city for decades. Tables are set with crisp white cloths, sparkling glassware and fresh flowers are everywhere.


A welcoming smile will greet you and professional yet friendly staff will serve you,  and a world class wine list will be offered alongside our tempting menus. 


 


 

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair, Menu
30
10 pm
75
Yes

The chef

Sally Clarke, trained to be a chef in London and Paris before travelling to California where she gained further dining room and kitchen experience in Los Angeles. During her time in California she met Alice Waters, founder of the restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, who became her daily inspiration and mentor.


In 1984 Sally opened Clarke's restaurant, and 5 years later her provisions shop next door to sell the baked goods from the restaurant kitchen. Her wholesale Bakery, based in North Kensington was born out of this, and more recently the Clarke's Production Kitchen was created to provide the ever increasing range of takeaway items available in her shop.


Michele Lombardi joined Clarke's in 2015 as Executive Head Chef, leading the team of talented young people.
Originally from southern Italy, he trained in Florence before travelling to London to expand his culinary knowledge.
Alberico Penati employed him at Harry's Bar in Mayfair, where he steadily rose up the ranks, eventually taking over the role of Head Chef himself.   He has lived and worked in London for over 17 years.


 


 

Private dining

This beautifully panelled room comfortably seats 8-30 guests. It is lined with recognised works of art and is filled with fresh flowers and greenery. It is ideal for both corporate or family occasions, and is available for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, or for reception or cocktail parties for up to 40 guests.


Discreetly entered via a private staircase, this room offers the flexibility of one or more tables, or, depending on the size of the party, an area for cocktails before being seated.


We offer a bespoke service, and plan each party individually.  Our Private Dining Room Manager skillfully blends the wishes of each client with the menus and wines of the restaurant, making the process of party planning seamless and painless!


 

Clarke’s Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Clarke’s Restaurant in W8, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Clarke’s restaurant.
Will W
Wonderfully consistent over the years...
Reviewed 1 months, 6 days ago

"Wonderfully consistent over the years"

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James W
I honestly can't fault this restaurant. My ...
Reviewed 5 months, 10 days ago

"I honestly can't fault this restaurant. My parents first went in about 1964 when there was only one dish on offer per day (always excellent). Now much grander (and they've dropped the 'Sally' from the name) but the food is lovely, plenty of space between the tables, and faultless service - especially from the 2 maitre'd (one an impossibly charming Italian in a sharp suit, the other a wonderfully old-school, no-nonsense Englishwoman)."

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Robin W
Sally herself was there when we ate and ser...
Reviewed 11 months, 14 days ago

"Sally herself was there when we ate and served some of our meal. Souffle starter was amazing. Fish mains (John Dory) very good as well. Feels a bit like you're eating in an art gallery - good atmosphere buzzy and not too formal."

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124 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4BH
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Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Tuesday12:30 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Thursday12:30 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Friday12:30 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Saturday12:30 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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