Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Shepherd's Bush
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Shepherd's Bush restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 10 restaurants in Shepherd's Bush and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Shepherd's Bush restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Copper Chimney Indian restaurant in Shepherd's Bush Southern Terrace, Westfield London, Ariel Way - W12
Founded by JK Kapur in 1972 in Bombay, Copper Chimney has 15 restaurants in five Indian cities and chose a unit on Westfield London’s main restaurant row (the South Terrace) for its first UK branch. If you’re in the mall, this is one of its better eating options – feedback is still too limited though to suggest you should cross postcodes to try it out.
2. The Princess Victoria British, Modern restaurant in Shepherd's Bush 217 Uxbridge Road - W12
Set a little back from the busy Uxbridge Road, this large Victorian gin palace (est. 1829) retains much of its period grandeur and celebrates its history nowadays by offering over 100 artisan and big-name gins at the bar. Part of the Three Cheers Pub Co, it wins all-round solid ratings, including for its gastropub menu and pizzas (also available to take away).
3. Abu Zaad Syrian restaurant in Shepherd's Bush 29 Uxbridge Rd - W12
An evocative tiled interior adds to a visit to this cheap ’n’ cheerful Syrian café, near the north end of Shepherd’s Bush Market – a handy place for a fresh fruit juice and affordable mezze meal.
4. Homeslice Pizza restaurant in Shepherd's Bush 2 Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane White City - W12
These “trendy pizza joints with a modern twist and clean, industrial interiors” serve “generously portioned and always-fresh” thin-crust pizza, attracting a good fan club for this 10-year-old group run by the late Terry Wogan’s sons, Mark and Alan. They make no claim to authenticity and are more influenced by New York than Naples – but the “bizarre combinations on the blackboard always turn out to be unexpectedly delicious. Believe in them!”.
5. Bluebird Café White City British, Modern restaurant in Shepherd's Bush 2 Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane - W12
2019 Review: D&D London are rolling out the Bluebird Café concept with this sibling in the former TV Centre at White City: the first eatery to open in the shiny new development. Initial feedback on the food is mostly positive, but its best feature is probably the outside terrace.
6. Endo at The Rotunda Japanese restaurant in 8th Floor, The Helios, TV Centre,101 Wood Lan - W12
“A gastronomic triumph teamed with great theatre makes for an unforgettable night out”, at Endo Kazutoshi’s “educational, luxurious, cosseting and extremely fun” experience: a 10-seater on the rooftop of the former BBC TV Centre in Shepherd’s Bush. “Endo is a huge character and his sushi is the best in London”. “To see the food prepared, learn about the ingredients and experience impeccable Japanese service is brilliant, and the added showmanship of Endo-san just makes the whole thing unforgettable”. “The eye-watering price makes this an occasional treat”, but those with sufficiently deep pockets say it’s “definitely worth the spend”: “best meal I’ve ever had… still thinking about it on a daily basis!”.
7. The Hawk's Nest Pizza restaurant in Shepherd's Bush Goldhawk Rd, Shepherd's Bush Market - W12
With its foliage, fairy lights and heaters, this September 2020 newcomer – where tables are predominantly outside – injects a festive spark into a quirky space, next to Shepherd’s Bush market and the Goldhawk Road tube bridge (opposite the station). Founders Will Fuller of Soho House Group and Frazer Timmerman of Incipio Group aimed, apparently, to import a bit of East London groove to this converted railway arch and adjoining large yard, and judging by it being permanently packed they’ve succeeded! Pizza is the menu mainstay and staff try hard. A 120-seater, it’s also available for events.
8. Shikumen, Dorsett Hotel Chinese restaurant in Shepherd's Bush 58 Shepherd’s Bush Grn - W12
“The freshly made dumplings are almost perfect” at this smart, modern hotel restaurant overlooking gentrifying Shepherd’s Bush Green. Since opening in 2014, it has been the unlikely venue for “some of the best dim sum in London”. “This standard of Chinese food is hard to find here – it’s where I take friends from Singapore when they visit – and they’re impressed.”
9. Pastaio Italian restaurant in Shepherd's Bush Unit 1032, Lower Southern Terrace, Westfield White City - W12
“Delicious freshly made pasta” at “good value” prices helps win solid ratings for Stevie Parle’s duo of pasta pit stops in Soho and on Westfield White City‘s Southern Terrace. Even a reporter complaining that it’s “a bit of a 2020s Instagram trap with more style than substance” rates it a good all-rounder.
10. Pizza Pilgrims Pizza restaurant in Hammersmith and Fulham The Balcony, Westfield - W12
“Quality pizzas served by nice people in a bustling, energetic atmosphere. What’s not to like?” It’s a formula that’s winning massive, post-pandemic expansion for the Elliot brothers’ chain, which is adding eight London sites this year. Perhaps inevitably with such fast growth, it no longer enjoys the stellar ratings of yesteryear, but to an impressive degree also evades criticism: “always decent…”, “I can’t speak for the authenticity, but they’re tasty as hell”. Top Tip: “their pizza home delivery kit is great fun”.
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