RestaurantsLondonKensingtonW8

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Summary

£102
£££££
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.

“Tucked away from the hustle and bustle”, in the kind of ultra-picturesque Kensington backwater where one imagines Mary Poppins floating about on her umbrella – this “quirky” converted town-house provides a “special”, “understated but comfortable setting” and “always impeccable personal service with attention to detail”: it’s “ideal for a romantic evening”. “You might not expect much of the cooking as it’s part of the D&D London Group – but you’d be wrong!” – Ben Murphy has been at the stoves since 2017 and his “refined and interesting” cuisine goes from strength to strength: “food that just makes you smile about how it looks and how it tastes”. Top Tip – “good value at lunch”.

Summary

£102
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A special place to dine in stylish and intimate rooms” – this “quirkily laid-out” townhouse (est. 1986) in a quiet Kensington backstreet “exudes gracious hospitality” and “never fails to delight”, particularly as a “romantic” destination. Chef Ben Murphy joined in January 2017 and why Michelin have failed to award him a star is anyone’s guess: his cuisine “is delicious with subtle flavour combinations and artistically presented plates” that all make up for a “memorable” occasion. (You would never know it was owned by D&D London – it stands head and shoulders over the rest of their portfolio nowadays.)

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”?

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1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL

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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.
Nat F
A hidden gem in London. Excellent tasting m...
Reviewed 14 days ago

"A hidden gem in London. Excellent tasting menu. Food is fun and innovative. Every dish was flawless."

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Peter D
A charming restaurant, excellent lunch, gre...
Reviewed 4 months, 13 days ago

"A charming restaurant, excellent lunch, great service"

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Nat F
Exceptional restaurant all round. Service w...
Reviewed 9 months, 26 days ago

"Exceptional restaurant all round. Service was warm and friendly, not too formal. Food was great, innovative and playful. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £42.00
Dinner   £75.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
1a Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm

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