RestaurantsLondonKensingtonW8

survey result

Summary

£94
 ££££
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.

“Discreet and off the beaten track” – this supremely “cosy and classy neighbourhood restaurant” is “tucked away in an attractive street in Kensington and well worth a visit”. “Ben Murphy’s cuisine is fun and playful”, providing “absolutely sensational” dishes that are “packed with flavour”. In the last year he has rightly been elevated to being chef/patron here and – in terms of quality, if not perhaps fame – this is “definitely the jewel in the crown of the D&D empire”.

Summary

£84
 ££££
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.

“In a quiet residential corner of Kensington”, on a picture-book street – this “lovely and calm” pre-Victorian townhouse (established as a restaurant in 1985, and owned by D&D Restaurants since 2007) creates a sense of “privacy” that’s particularly “great for a romantic evening”. “Over the years there have been many changes of chef”, but since Ben Murphy joined in early 2017, the food rating here has been “on an upward trajectory” and his “exciting” cuisine – “fun, whimsical, delicious” – won impressively consistent praise this year. “Surely a Michelin star is now beckoning for this young chef”?

Summary

£84
 ££££
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.

“In a quiet residential corner of Kensington”, on a picture-book street – this “lovely and calm” pre-Victorian townhouse (established as a restaurant in 1985, and owned by D&D Restaurants since 2007) creates a sense of “privacy” that’s particularly “great for a romantic evening”. “Over the years there have been many changes of chef”, but since Ben Murphy joined in early 2017, the food rating here has been “on an upward trajectory” and his “exciting” cuisine – “fun, whimsical, delicious” – won impressively consistent praise this year. “Surely a Michelin star is now beckoning for this young chef”?

Summary

£84
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “tucked-away townhouse in Kensington” has “a unique set-up” that makes for a “romantic” ambience and – with its “attentive but unobtrusive service” – is “ideal for a relaxed, long, blow-out meal”. Foodwise it’s “had its ups-and-downs as chefs have changed over the last several years”, but since Ben Murphy took over the stoves in early 2017, most reporters feel the “the food is back on fantastic form” with “wonderful innovative dishes from this wunderkind new chef”: “the little extras such as the lovely amuses bouches and petits fours lift the meal and make it a real treat”. One or two reporters, though, feel it still has a way to go: “there are some wonderful flavour combinations: if the kitchen only had the level and consistency of execution to keep up with these, this place could trouble the Michelin inspectors for a visit”.

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Launceston Place Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Launceston Place Restaurant in W8, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Launceston Place restaurant.
Paul F
Interestingly quirky laid out restaurant wi...
Reviewed 1 months, 27 days ago

"Interestingly quirky laid out restaurant with delightful and friendly staff. The quirkiness continues with a board with multiple choices for designing your own menu. We chose the chef’s own taster menu, as is our normality and we trusted his choices. From the amuse bouche to the mint leaf tea, we were regained with superb dishes exquisite flavours and stunning presentation. Reading the history of the place, chef was bought in to seek to restore their Michelin star, from what we observed he is well on the road to that. The greatest surprise to us was the celeriac course. I must confess some hesitation as I don’t find it the most inspiring ingredient, but his take on it was brilliant with genuinely impressive flavours The trout was very gently and carefully presented with subtlety. The grouse was equally thoughtfully presented. One genuine stand out was the amazing yuzu dessert with a very playful presentation. It’s slightly disingenuous to pick out any favourites as that somehow suggests others are less worthy! We genuinely were hugely impressed with all aspects of this experience and we wish them in their journey back to the top "

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Hubert B
Interior of the restaurant is beautiful fit...
Reviewed 8 months, 13 days ago

"Interior of the restaurant is beautiful fitting for its Kensington location. Food is very good and of very high standard. But: the atmosphere is sterile and hush-hush, portions too small, cooking over elaborate, inconsistent service (on our visit), and the wine list too expensive. Not a place you want to bring a date (too quiet), your parents (portions too small), or do business (too foodie)"

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Peter D
Excellent, imaginative food on the lunch me...
Reviewed 9 months, 1 day ago

"Excellent, imaginative food on the lunch menu. Charming service. A most enjoyable experience"

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Peter Thompson T
Exceptional food, great staff, relaxing amb...
Reviewed 9 months, 20 days ago

"Exceptional food, great staff, relaxing ambience. Never fails to deliver every time we visit. Our favourite fine dining place in London."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £33.00 £39.00
Dinner £58.00 £68.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 72.00 Lunch only 6
Menu2 95.00 Dinner only 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £33.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
1a Launceston Pl, London, W8 5RL
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm

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