RestaurantsLondonKensingtonW8

survey result

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”.

Summary

£73
  £££
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 “lovely townhouse tucked away in the back streets of Kensington” has “had several recent changes of chef/patron under D&D group”, of which the latest is Ben Murphy, who arrived from The Woodford in early 2017. Fans say his “modern, inventive and delicious cuisine is taking them back into Michelin territory” but there are also those who feel “it’s now more expensive and impressive rather than compelling”. Top Tip – “excellent value early bird menu”.

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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.
Hubert B
Interior of the restaurant is beautiful fit...
Reviewed 1 months, 10 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 1 months, 28 days ago

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

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £30.00 £35.00
Dinner £55.00 £65.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Dinner only 7
Menu2 65.00 Lunch only 6
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £29.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
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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