Thursday, 21 March 2013

Restaurant Review: The Ledbury, Notting Hill

Petits Fours served at The Ledbury

Days off work for filled with wistful dreaming, wonderful food, delightful company and drifting round art galleries, are a glorious things.  I was lucky enough to have once such day a few Friday’s ago.

The dreaming started in a local architects office. I’m currently less hopeful my dreams will turn into a reality, but at the time it was terribly exciting.

The wonderful food came in the form of lunch at The Ledbury in London’s Notting Hill. 

When we knew we were having a day off work, we decided to look for a lunch offer at one of London’s best restaurants. As I learnt at Marque in Sydney, lunches are where you can collect stars on the cheap.

It was the service at The Ledbury which has left me with the longest lasting memory since our visit. Just as you’d expect in a fine diner the service was attentive. Someone was always on hand, without being over bearing. The staff were respectively formal, but once we engaged them in conversation, were very happy to chat about their favourite vineyards in New Zealand or whether Melbourne or Sydney is the better city in which to live. (The antipodean influences at the restaurant clearly extend out of the kitchen.)

My favourite moment came when the sommelier directed me to the bathrooms with a gesture that can only be described as coming out of the High School Musical handbook. It wasn’t a mere point, but a whole arm gesture.

There were small touches of theatre in the food too. The clay baked beetroot was brought to our table before being served to show that it really was clay baked. A burnt tongue from earlier in the week stopped me appreciating the food to the fullest, but the quality was evident despite my reduced taste buds. It was fabulous to sit back and enjoy the food over several restful hours.

Appetisers at The Ledbury

'Risotto' of celeriac and new potato with smoked eel and parsley

Beetroot baked in clay with fresh curd, dried olives and pickled walnuts

Cornish seabass with roasted cauliflower, winkles and cockles

Haunch of Muntjac with hispi cabbage, new potatoes baked in hay and juniper cream

Passion fruit soufle with Sauternes ice cream £10

Brown sugar tart with muscat grapes and stem ginger ice cream 

We were given this dessert as they mistakenly thought we were celebrating a birthday. It looked like quite a few tables had complimentary desserts, so I think it might be one of their things.

Warm tapioca with vanilla and Yorkshire rhubarb

Beignets dusted with kaffir lime

The Ledbury

127 Ledbury Road
Notting Hill

W11 2AQ
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  1. Beautiful presentation!

    1. Yes indeed. All the food looked stunning and tasted great too.