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survey result

Summary

£57
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Named for Princess Margaret – who used to slip away from Kensington Palace and eat here under this pseudonym – this romantic, golden oldie bistro provides a dated but very cosy and comforting combination of solid Anglo/French cuisine, country kitchen decor and wine sold out of a magnum bottle with a measuring stick (although finer vintages are available). It’s not dis-similar from its much better known sibling, La Poule Au Pot.

Summary

£60
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Cosy, fun, old place that has been around for years and years” – a favourite in its time of Princess Margaret, who used to slip away to here from nearby Kensington Palace, and whose alias when booking provides the current restaurant’s name. Its rustic, heavily-romantic style isn’t dissimilar to its stablemate, La Poule au Pot, and it likewise serves “basic, traditional English dishes” designed to satisfy your hunger at a “decent price” rather than to dazzle your tastebuds. “There’s a reasonable wine list too, unless you go for the magnum where they measure with a stick how much of it you’ve taken from the bottle: amusing to say the least but not their best vintage…”

Summary

£60
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Cosy, fun, old place that has been around for years and years” – a favourite in its time of Princess Margaret, who used to slip away to here from nearby Kensington Palace, and whose alias when booking provides the current restaurant’s name. Its rustic, heavily-romantic style isn’t dissimilar to its stablemate, La Poule au Pot, and it likewise serves “basic, traditional English dishes” designed to satisfy your hunger at a “decent price” rather than to dazzle your tastebuds. “There’s a reasonable wine list too, unless you go for the magnum where they measure with a stick how much of it you’ve taken from the bottle: amusing to say the least but not their best vintage…”

Summary

£61
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Limited feedback this year on this “romantic” stalwart near Kensington Palace (named after the pseudonym Princess Margaret used to use when booking here). Such as there is supports the view that the main reason to visit is the date-potential of the charming, faux-rustic decor, rather than the indifferently rated Anglo-French bistro fare.

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Owner's description

Maggie Jones’s has been a favourite haunt among Kensington locals for over 40 years. Cosy, rustic, informal and incurably romantic, the restaurant is tucked away in a little cul-de-sac between Kensington High Street and Kensington Church Street. 

Maggie’s is warm, friendly and traditional, with a generous menu full of classic dishes, beautifully cooked.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £21.00 £25.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£10.00 £23.00 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair
Yes
No dress code
100
Yes
6 Old Court Pl, London, W8 4PL
Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm‑2:15 pm, 5.00 pm‑9.15pm
Tuesday12:30 pm‑2:15 pm, 5.00 pm‑9.15pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑2:15 pm, 5.00 pm‑9.15pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑2:15 pm, 5.00 pm‑9.15pm
Friday12:30 pm‑2:15 pm, 5.00 pm‑9.15pm
Saturday12 pm‑4.30 pm, 5pm‑9.15 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4.30 pm, 5pm‑9.15 pm

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