Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Bayswater
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Bayswater restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 63 restaurants in Bayswater and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Bayswater restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Oak W2 Italian restaurant in Bayswater 137 Westbourne Park Rd - W2
“Tasty pizzas” top the bill at these “good-looking gastropub” conversions in Notting Hill and Shepherd’s Bush, with the “excellent new addition” of a “stylish bistro” in a “stunning, huge space” on the river at Battersea. “Pizzas and starters outshine main courses, but overall very pleasant and relaxing”.
2. Lockhouse Burgers, etc restaurant in Bayswater 3 Merchant Square - W2
Canalside in Paddington Basin, and with massive windows providing water views, this large bar/restaurant – occupying the high-ceilinged ground floor of one of the area’s blocks – has an attractive, if not super-individual, semi-industrial design. Feedback is limited on its gastropub-ish dishes, but suggests it does what it does well.
3. Maroush Gardens Lebanese restaurant in Bayswater â€˜Garden’) 1 Connaught St - W2
London’s longest-serving Lebanese group has served a “delicious and generous ensemble of mezze and mains” for almost four decades, remaining “admirably consistent over the years”. There are currently 14 branches under various names (including Ranoush, Beirut Express, Randa); and at the outlets actually branded as ‘Maroush’ the “decor is a bit 1980s” especially in the sedate main dining rooms. The better bets are the “casual” cafés at the original branch and in Beauchamp Place – “for a quick meal, you can’t go wrong”, especially from the bargain menu of wraps. For late-night live music and belly-dancing head to the original Edgware Road branch.
4. Tab X Tab British, Modern restaurant in Bayswater Westbourne House, 14-16 Westbourne Grove - W2
“The best coffee in town” is the claim made by fans of Mathew and Charmaine Tabatabai’s year-old Bayswater brew-stop, which – with Mavam espresso machine, BOCCA beans, partnership with Ozone coffee roasters, hand-made artisanal cups, yada, yada – is a perfect pitstop for caffeine junkies. It’s “a great hang out” too, though, serving simple salads, pancakes, eggs on toast…
5. Bombay Palace Indian restaurant in Bayswater 50 Connaught St - W2
“A wonderful taste of India!” – the cooking at this plush venue tucked away behind Marble Arch has returned to the heights following an extended period of closure after a fire a few years ago. “The makeover looks great” and “the food is still consistent and authentic”, according to relieved regulars.
6. Hereford Road British, Traditional restaurant in Bayswater 3 Hereford Rd - W2
Chef Tom Pemberton’s “consistently excellent neighbourhood resto” in Bayswater has a sharp focus on “very good seasonal British produce, very well cooked”, and is “a bargain for the quality”. “I’ve been eating here since I gate-crashed the opening in 2007, and I’ve never been disappointed”.
7. Farmacy Vegetarian restaurant in Bayswater 74 Westbourne Grove - W2
“Vegan at its best”, agree fans of this contemporary Californian-style operation from Camilla Fayed (daughter of the former Harrods owner, Mohamed Al-Fayed). The cooking is “interesting and highly competent”, and while “vegan food can often be bland, that’s not the case here” – so “if you want your first vegan experience, it’s the place to come”.
8. Pomona's British, Modern restaurant in Bayswater 47 Hereford Road - W2
“Love the garden and the creative spin they put on classic brunch dishes” – hitherto the main reasons to seek out this bright Notting Hill pub conversion. With the arrival of Ruth Hansom in April 2019, however, the menu has taken on a more serious, and British-sourced, slant – very early reports are upbeat: “exquisite cooking from a fabulous new female chef”.
9. Cepages French restaurant in Bayswater 69 Westbourne Park Road - W2
“Sexy sharing dishes and a dark romantic setting” earn a big thumbs-up for this “fabulous French tapas bistro in deepest Westbourne Park”, with an “open brickwork vibe and a couple of coveted tables outside for the hot weather”. Wine is taken seriously, prices are “gentle”, and it’s “one of the few places one can enjoy fresh foie gras cooked rare or à point”.
10. The Cow Irish restaurant in Bayswater 89 Westbourne Park Rd - W2
“A long-time local favourite” celebrating its 25th anniversary this year: Tom Conran’s Irish-themed gastroboozer on the Notting Hill-Bayswater border is “always relaxed”, with “reliably good food” (both in the bustling downstairs bar, and the cute, cramped first floor). Despite its name, the focus is on seafood (oysters washed down with a pint o’ Guinness being the classic choice here).
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