British, Modern Restaurants in Chiswick
1. La Trompette British, Modern restaurant in Chiswick 5-7 Devonshire Rd - W4
“Still worth the schlep across town”, says an E18-based fan of this “elegant corner of Chiswick” – “a brilliant, upscale neighbourhood restaurant” in a quiet backwater off the high street, which fans say is “pretty much on a level with its sibling Chez Bruce”; and which regularly features in the Top 40 most-mentioned restaurants in our annual diners’ poll. Like its famous Wandsworth Common stablemate, its culinary attractions include modern British cuisine that’s “up to date, with ingredients centre stage,” “complemented by a very fine wine list,” and with “a very good cheese selection”. But whereas reports this year often match the flawless pattern established over two decades (“just effortlessly excellent…”; “we have been regulars for a decade…never disappoints…”; “post-lockdown it continues to shine…”), there is also a growing minority concern that “while the food is still very good, the service has slipped”, with quite a few accounts of a “haphazard and brusque” experience. “Maybe it’s just because of these difficult times…”
2. The Duke of Sussex British, Modern restaurant in Chiswick 75 South Pde - W4
A “great stalwart for years” – this spacious Victorian tavern by Acton Green Common is a “good local” with the unexpected feature of a “Spanish-inspired” selection of tapas and other dishes, alongside more standard British roasts on a Sunday. Look out for the charming rear dining room, with small garden.
3. Rhythm & Brews Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Chiswick 22 Walpole Gardens - W4
“An absolute treasure to have on the doorstep” for Gunnersbury residents – this funky café south of Turnham Green dispenses excellent coffee and has an ace vinyl collection to rifle through and choose a tune. “The food is always delicious too, and imaginatively served. We love it!”
4. Vinoteca British, Modern restaurant in Chiswick 18 Devonshire Rd - W4
“It’s wonderful being able to choose so many wines by the glass” from the “eclectic list” at these popular modern wine bars, liked for their approachable contemporary style. “Obviously the liquid refreshment is the main point here”, but the “simple” cooking can be “more assured than you might expect”, if from a “limited menu”. A new branch opened in late 2021 at Borough Yards in SE1, while in late 2022 its oldest site, on Seymour Place in Marylebone, shut up shop. Other particularly notable branches include the one right by King’s Cross station (with a convenient and excellent terrace) and Chiswick.
5. High Road Brasserie British, Modern restaurant in Chiswick 162-166 Chiswick High Road - W4
The longstanding (est. 2006) Chiswick branch of Soho House seems to have been left behind as founder Nick Jones’s empire spreads around the world. It occupies a prominent site on the busy High Road with a cute outside terrace, but generates precious little feedback these days – even by reporters who like its modern brasserie cooking.
6. The Silver Birch British, Modern restaurant in Chiswick 142 Chiswick High Road - W4
This “fantastic independent neighbourhood restaurant” in Chiswick serves an “adventurous” modern European menu of “delicious and unusual dishes”. Approaching its second birthday, it’s the first solo project from Newly Appointed Head Chef Nathan Cornwell representing fine local British cuisine.
7. The Roebuck British, Modern restaurant in Chiswick 122 Chiswick High Rd - W4
2022 Review: This “spacious” late-Victorian tavern on Chiswick’s main drag is thriving under “very impressive new management” who have installed a new pizza kitchen and revived the “lovely garden” with a large covered terrace. “They took over just before the first lockdown and worked their socks off to get it right – and boy, have they succeeded” with its “honest and reliable” food offer.
8. Rock & Rose British, Modern restaurant in Chiswick 270-272 Chiswick High Road - W4
‘Food, Passion, Glamour’ is the mantra of this funky neighbourhood bar/restaurant, owned by restaurateur Lorraine Angliss (of Annie’s and Little Bird), who – having operated in Richmond for many years – opened a second site on Chiswick’s main strip in Spring 2022.
9. Megan's at the Flower Market British, Modern restaurant in Hounslow 214 Chiswick High Road - W4
With its inviting décor, this fast-expanding group has been a big “winner” since the pandemic, mushrooming to 18 sites, all of which have generally proved useful additions to their respective areas. But while “it certainly looks the part, and the staff look after you well enough”, the brunch-friendly fare can be hit ’n’ miss, with reports ranging from “surprisingly good” to “formulaic and really abysmal”. Top Tip – “always a top option for feeding the family”.
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