Harden's survey result
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”.
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”.
Raphael Francois “has maintained the excellent standards” set by Tim Allen at this “understated” townhouse in a gorgeous Kensington backwater (while “taking the menu in a welcome Gallic direction”). It’s D&D London’s best all-rounder nowadays: “relaxed yet opulent”, with notably “charming” service and “sound, refined cooking”.
In a Kensington backstreet, this “very quiet and romantic” townhouse is a classic choice for an “intimate” date; it’s currently on a high – “nothing seems too much trouble” for the “attentive” staff, and the cuisine has been consistently “excellent” in recent times – let’s hope it survives the August 2015 departure of chef Tim Allen.
Launceston Place Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Food looked lovely, tasted good but was lukewarm; what a pity. Background music far too loud."
1a Launceston Pl, London, W8 5RL
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LUNCH: Tues - Sat 12pm - 2.30pm Sun 12pm - 2.30pm; DINNER: Mon - Sat 6.00pm - 10.00pm Sun 6.30pm - 10pm
Last orders: 10 pm, Sun 9.30 pm