A great review - I couldn't agree more! I have been 1/2 dozen times in the last few years and think it is the most exciting place to dine in London presently. It far surpasses it's bigger brother the Square in it's invention and use of ingredients.
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Notting Hill, London
127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ
- Westbourne Park Station (0.5 km)
- Ladbroke Grove Station (0.7 km)
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26 reviews of The Ledbury in English
An easy walk from Westborne Grove tube. Booking is essential, and it will be several days before you can get in. They politely call you to check, and were simply helpful without a problem when I had to change the day.
The interior is comfortably formal. You can tell they care about service and food. Our small table was a little crowded, but the larger ones were fine.
The service was good, the Sommelier engaged with us. I did not choose the wine, so no comment on the list & pricing. The wine we did chose was a little dull, but that was down to us.
The bread was great, food was beautifully presented, and tasted as we hoped, very good.
The establishment fully lived up to its reputation. Do make an effort to dine there.
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Notting Hill is a great location, as it is a trendy, stylish area, with a vibrant and sophisticated atmosphere.If you love French cuisine, then you must try The Ledbury, its the ultimate dining experience, the staff are formal, kind, respectful and knowledgeable, the interior is beautiful, formal, yet welcoming and classy.Got familiar with dishes that I’d never thought I will try before, was really impressed with the presentation, let alone the taste. Superb food and a great evening, highly recommend.
Great location in Notting Hill, and excellent food, I tend to agree that it doesn't feel that special.
The service is formal and fine - but not exceptional.
The place is in a great area, but the interior is a little too formal, but without benefit of making you feel special or impressed.
I will go back though as the food and wine are exceptional.
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I enjoyed the food very much but it was unmemorable.
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Is it a bit sad that the tasting menu at the Ledbury was one of the highlights of 2010, culinary or otherwise, for me?
Either way, the whole evening, an anniversary treat, was an experience to remember, from start to finish. We were (naively) a bit concerned that we'd be somehow "found out" on attempting to eat in such a posh place but we needn't have worried. The décor and atmosphere were much more informal than I'd expected and the service so efficient that I couldn't believe that we weren't the only ones dining that night.
I won't go into detail of the food - suffice to say that each mouthful of the tasting menu was mindblowing. The accompanying wine was a delight and the sommelier pitched his summaries just right. One of the best touches, however, was that we (apparently) had to wait a few minutes more than is usual for our pear and hazelnut dessert. So we were then brought two extra complementary puddings from the à la carte menu (brown sugar tart with stem ginger icecream - to die for - and thyme/eucalyptus soufflé). Awesome.
Can't recommend it highly enough.
For photos, see Greedy Diva @ http://greedydiva.blogspot.com/2010/11/ledbury-notting-hi...
Within a few weeks after we first moved to London 4 years ago, The Peanut Gallery was researching London restaurants for my birthday dinner. The man does not hold back when it comes to restaurant research, and he hit on a place in Notting Hill that sounded like the goods. And so it was that The Ledbury set my benchmark for London fine dining.
It's still my favourite place for a posh lunch or dinner. I've been back twice since - once with friends for the great value set price lunch (at £33.50 for 3 courses) - a terrific way to experience the brilliance while the sun flirts in through the huge surrounding windows. The second revisit was just last week to catch up over dinner with Aussie food blogging friends, Gourmet Chick, Catty and Vintage Macaroon as well as the lovely Claire from Australian wine maker, d'Arenberg. What better place to meet than over the fine food of Australian head chef, Brett Graham, drinking terrific Australian wines kindly contributed by D'Arenberg (thanks Claire) and Katnook Estate (thanks Jo).
Jo (who couldn't join us in the end) made contact with Brett Graham, who put together a special tasting menu for us, tweaked to match our wines.
Over a bottle of champagne well chosen by the sommelier to meet our request for something reasonably light and crisp, we start with the pretty, mousse-like foie gras canape followed by the amuse bouche - a deep fried quail egg with Jerusalem artichoke puree and shaved truffles.
Firm broccoli stem with natural yoghurt and tiny, sweet Falmouth Bay prawns in brown butter and vadouvan (a mixture of onions, shallots and garlic with Indian spices) is one of my favourite courses. This dish highlights the kitchen's dexterity for textures and combining vivid flavours in well balanced harmony. Basically, it's clever, and it tastes brilliant. Who knew broccoli could be this good?
We drink the 2009 Katnook Estate Sauvignon Blanc from Coonawarra - a Sauv with body and lots of zesty citrus and apple.
A shallow soup bowl is presented next. Across the base is a thin layer of Hampshire buffalo milk curd with uncooked French cheese, Saint-Nectaire. Small clusters of grilled onions and mushrooms are dotted around the plate. At the table, an aromatic, delicate broth of grilled onions is poured over the top and, on the side, waits a toasted brioche topped with large thin disks of earthy black truffle and puree. Again, there are delightfully balanced layers of flavour at work - just gorgeous.
With this, we drink d'Arenberg's 2008 "The Last Ditch" Viognier from McLaren Vale. It's exactly the type of wine I love. It's been aged for 6 months in French and American oak, and has a lovely, big honey and cream character.
Next up, a colourful arrangement of root vegetables, a nutty, sweet and earthy mix, baked in salt and clay with roasting juices, hazelnuts and Lardo di Colonnata (the silky pork fat from pigs having spent their lives feasting on acorns and chestnuts in Tuscany). Oh my. What better way to turn vegetables into pure, indulgent gluttony? Our accompanying 2005 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has rich fruit and tannin, but is light enough so as not to overpower this dish.
A plump, moist fillet of roast cod glistens beside a mellow truffle puree, cauliflower, parmesan gnocchi and, for some extra umami, sea vegetables. Again, it looks pretty and it's a perfectly executed delight to eat.
Finally, the loin of roe deer is baked in Douglas fir (coniferous tree) with beetroot and malt. There's an accompanying venison sausage, which is rich and gamey. The loin is tender and, although I think it lacks some flavour, it's topped with an oozy blob of rich marrow which adds depth.
We accompany it with the 2002 d'Arenberg "The Dead Arm" Shiraz. This is a big, gutsy Aussie Shiraz, with intense fruit, chocolate and spice. It's a gorgeous match for our rich, autumnal game dish.
Before dessert, we cleanse the palate (ok, any excuse) with a tart passion fruit concoction in a shot glass, before finishing with a fantastic, sweet brown sugar tart. It looks like a long slab of foie gras and, praise the lord, is almost as rich. It comes with muscat grapes and a stem ginger ice-cream.
Coffees and teas at the end are matched with our choice from a delicious selection of jellies, merigues, macaroons and chocolates.
Although we didn't try it, the cheese trolley - or, more accurately, the smell of the cheese trolley - deserves a mention. Fantastic. When it moves about the room, it's like you just wandered into the cheese room at La Fromagerie with your nostrils fully flared. Save room.
Service was, as always, professional, knowledgeable and friendly without a shred of stuffiness or irritating fuss. Brett Graham wasn't in the kitchen on the night we ate (he was shooting in Scotland), and so our fantastic meal only goes to show what an all round strong team this is. Even the loos are good - mainly for featuring my favourite (Melbourne based) Aesop geranium leaf hand wash. It seems I'm bound to love this place right down to the finest detail.
Together, with service, water and corkage of £50 (which amounted to £12.50 per bottle) our bill came to £102 per head. The standard dinner tasting menu (6 courses plus amuse bouche and pre-dessert) costs £85 per head (or £130 per head with matching wines) and there's also a vegetarian tasting menu for £75. The set lunch menu is £27.50 for 2 courses or £33.50 for 3 courses. And, of course, the a la carte options are always available.
At just 30 years of age, Brett Graham has obtained 2 Michelin stars at The Ledbury and is part of the collaboration behind the 1 Michelin starred pub, The Harwood Arms in Fulham. That alone is enough to make you sick. But even more impressively, at The Ledbury, he has created a consistently excellent restaurant, brimming with easy going confidence, originality, finesse and food which is a joy to eat. It deserves all the praise it gets.
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modboy, 7 April 2011:
AMAZING food and excellent value on the set lunch which was £33 for 3 courses.
Despite only 2 options per course, I could have easily eaten any of the dishes on the menu without any hesitation.
Service was excellent too.
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Even before being awarded the second star this year, The Ledbury has been a restaurant garnering many a compliment. I’ve had the pleasure of eating in its sister restaurant The Square** and had a great dinner there, so my expectations were high to say the least.
Lured by the great set lunch deal of £27.50 for three courses, we were the first to arrive at noon into a large airy room. It was one of those rare occasions in London when the sun deigned to come out to play, so we were delighted to be placed next to one of the many large windows.
We started off lunch with an excellent amuse-bouche of beetroot meringue with foie gras mousse (I forgot what the sprinkles on top were, but I do remember making a mess of the table with it). It tastes even better than it looks, with the beetroot flavour coming out of the light airy meringue and marrying the deep rich foie gras flavour extremely well.
Three different types of bread were on offer. We managed to sample all, but our favourite was always going to be the bacon and onion brioche. Whilst not as memorable as the fougasse at ADAD, the sweet-ish nature of the brioche was off-set quite well with the bacon flavour, although I did find the bacon used here was not only fatty but slightly chewier than it should be.
The other two breads were sourdough and walnut. From what I understand, all the bread was made on site as well.
Slight explanation here, the PigPig chose from the set lunch menu, while I chose from the ala carte lunch menu, mainly because we wanted to try more options.
“Ceviche of Hand Dived Scallops with Seaweed and Herb Oil, Kohlrabi and Frozen Horseradish”. Luckily for me, this bore no real resemblance to more traditional lemon-drenched ceviches. Instead, the juicy little slivers of scallop were swimming in a pool of aromatic herb oil. The truly interesting part was the frozen horseradish which was in a similar manner to shaved ice, which gradually released more flavour as they melted into the dish. I’m not entirely convinced that the horseradish (mild though it was) complimented the scallop’s flavour, but this is an interesting twist.
“Raviolo of Potato and Egg Yolk with Bianchetti Truffle, Onions cooked in White Beer and Grated Vacherin”. Continuing with our recent love affair with eggs for starters, this complex looking little dish smelled incredible with both the truffles and cheese aroma wafting from the plate. The mashed potato encased within the skin provided the body to taste the various sauces while the beer onions added another subtle flavour aspect to enjoy.
“Best End of Lamb with Crushed and Smoked Artichokes, Green Tomato Juice and Garlic”. Looking far more complex than the name suggested, the pink slices of saddle of lamb were perfectly enjoyable on its own but we both thought the artichokes complimented it well and made it more fun. Both the roasted shoulder (7 o’clock in the picture) and the kromeski (2 o’clock) were good and tasty and provided an alternative type of cut to sample. However, the green tomato juice was more decorative than anything else and I didn’t feel it added anything substantial to the dish.
“Loin of Sika Deer Baked in Hay with Root Vegetables, Chocolate Malt
and Homemade Sauerkraut” I feel slightly guilty in retrospect after eating such a cute deer…Anyway when ordering I was slightly apprehensive it might be a bit too gamey or tough, but the waitress reassured me it wouldn’t be. She proved to be correct as it was delightfully tender and juicy while exuding a flavourful but not overpowering gameyness. Hidden underneath the red meat was the sauerkraut which I thought lacked sufficient zing, yet the pickled mushrooms provided enough sourness for the dish. I didn’t particularly enjoy the chocolate malt (out of focus on the far side), but I never have enjoyed chocolate mixed with meats; the PigPig quite liked the mild chocolateyness though.
“Chocolate Pave with Walnut and Pepper Ice Cream”. Essentially a very dark rich chocolate mousse, this was a dessert for adults as it was quite light on the sweetness but had a very strong dark chocolate flavour. It would have been very difficult to eat this actually without an ice cream on the side; luckily the pepper just added a subtle aftertaste and didn’t overpower it. The walnuts meanwhile added crunchy textures.
We were extremely full so we only shared one dessert between us two but we did manage to sample all the petit fours on offer with our cups of filtered coffee. They were pretty good on average, except for the macarons but then we did have the pleasure of sample Pierre Herme recently.
Altogether, the bill for a 3 course set lunch menu and 2 courses from the ala carte as well as a bottle of still water and two cups of coffee came up to just under £90 for two. Service throughout was warm friendly and generally attentive without intrusive throughout. The atmosphere was actually quite lively and there were more younger diners than normally found in two starred restaurants (only one table occupied with grey hairs).
Overall the food was quite tasty, expertly cooked and had several unique touches to differentiate it from the average dish. However I think that there were some minor niggles around. Their complex main dishes are a bit of a double edged sword; it makes things more interesting but it also detracts a little from enjoying the meat purely.
Best bit: probably the amuse-bouche.
Worst bit: nothing truly awful stands out really.
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A special restaurant for special occasions I was very excited to finally dine at The Ledbury in Notting Hill. (I took RS there for his birthday, lucky guy!)
The chef Brett Graham is only 30 years old and has accomplished 2 Michelin stars for his restaurant (for a more detailed description of the chef’s CV and some beautiful pictures of the food at the Ledbury I refer you to the excellent post by Cheese and Biscuits). The food is ‘modern French’ with some interesting twists, I particularly enjoyed the play with unusual flavours which you kind of think can’t work together and can’t help but order out of curiosity: let me guarantee you however, they do work very well indeed!
The atmosphere is exactly right for a special and/or romantic date: it does feel pleasantly posh without being overly pretentious, tables are far enough apart to feel private and to not overhear other peoples conversations and waiters are hoovering around reading your thoughts before you even know you had them without being intrusive. They do have a fair share of French waiters which admittedly adds to the romantic atmosphere. However, I found it impossible to understand their accent, therefore I have missed most of the ingredients in the amuse bouches. They were lovely anyway :)
The a la carte menu costs 65 pounds for 3 courses while the tasting menu is 75 pounds. This is really not cheap – you do get something for your money though – it feels like a tasting menu even with having only the 3 courses as you get 2 additional amuse bouches as a starter, a pre-dessert and even some chocolate at the very end (before you finally role out the door).
We started with Ceviche of Scallops with Kohlrabi and Frozen Horseradish. An interesting looking plate of food reminiscent of a winter wonderland… but boy was it good! The frozen horseradish slowly melted onto the thinly sliced scallops while releasing its flavours. Food like this is fun!
The Grilled Mackerel with Cucumber did not quite live up to the grand expectations: the mackerel was slightly dry and for me it was ok rather then wow.
Also with the mains there was one clear winner: the Lamb with Miso Aubergine. The lamb was so tender and cooked to perfection in a lovely sauce that made you want to lick the plate (I doubt this would have made me many friends there though). And the aubergine!! Soft and with a sweet miso flavour it was absolutely delicious.
For me less convincing was the Poached John Dory with Blood Orange, Crab and Asparagus. There was nothing obviously wrong with it, a nice plate of food, but it was slightly one-dimensional and something seemed to be lacking.
Then came my favourite amuse bouche to “clean our palate” – panna cotta with peach ice cream was a dream and much too small..
As dessert I opted for the Eucalyptus and Gingerbread Souffle with Thyme Ice Cream. The opinion on the dessert was not unanimous: I thought it was perfect. The delicious thyme ice cream melted into the perfect fluffy souffle rich in vanilla/gingerbread flavour with just the slightest hint of eucalyptus. RS said it tastes soapy. Good, so there was more for me!
The Cheese Platter was generous: 4 cheeses chosen for us by the French cheese waiter (3 of which we really liked) came with lovely fresh, still warm fruit bread.
Cave: they served us the wrong bottle of wine in the beginning (more expensive, surprise surprise!) – gladly we realised because this would have been an even bigger disaster for my finances… However, to make up for it, they invited us to a half glass of very nice French white wine. I forgive easily…
We had a perfect evening but unfortunately The Ledbury is a challenge for your bank account. However, despair not, they serve an incredibly bargain lunch menu for 40 pounds.
For special occasion food I recommend also Launceston Place in South Kensington: I found the food there comparable in taste and quality while their 3 course evening menu is “only” 45 pounds…
What a great place! This is a 2 michelin star restaurant and very well deserve it!
Beautiful restaurant, great ambience, perfect service, wonderful food.
The set lunch is only 27.50 (extremely cheap for a 2 michelin star based in Notthing Hill).
Is not really easy to find but you can ask around, anyone knows it!
The food is heaven, beautiful presentation, great textures and combinations of flavours: simply genius (the frozen horseradish with my scallops was awesome, it looks like greated parmesan and when you eat it you have the cold sensation at the beginning followed by proper horseradish taste milded by the very cold temperature).
Words are not enough, i'll never be able to describe how good it is, you have to experience it.
Don't miss out the Passion Fruit souffle' with sauternes ice cream.
The wine list is very good as well, world wide choice, with great names and vintages as well as affordable easy options.
Even the toilets are whow-ing. Black marble all around, beautiful fresh cut flowers, big mirrors with soft lights and tampons for free in the cubicles (just in case....). Incredible
Chose it if you want to impress your partner
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