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The Glasshouse

14 Station Parade, KEW, TW9 3PZ

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The Glasshouse has hit on a winning formula that keeps this classy neighbourhood eatery perennially rammed with lucky Kew residents. First and foremost, of course, there's the food: what's not to like about seasonally driven modern European cooking built upon the solid foundations of classical French cuisine bourgeoise that makes its impact without any need to resort to culinary flimflam? Then there's the setting, a light-flooded, unbuttoned and slickly neutral contemporary space with full-drop plate glass windows that stand out in the parade of shops near Kew Gardens tube station. Conscientious and clued-up staff are the icing on the cake, with Berwyn Davies leading the kitchen brigade's efforts in producing simple and sumptuous openers such as warm octopus with periwinkles, given extra depth by fennel cream, radish and citrus fruits, or a gutsy pig's head terrine leavened by a bitter endive salad, clementine and honey mustard dressing. Main courses bring a similarly accomplished layering of flavours and textures in dishes that might bring together sea-fresh poached skate with Cornish crab, supported by monk's beard, crushed sweet potato and lemon beurre blanc. Meatier ideas include rack and slow-cooked belly of lamb accompanied by padrón peppers, mustard gnocchi and rosemary, or another two-way serving, say, duck breast and its braised leg matched with honey-roasted parsnips, sprout tops and Madeira jus. Dessert also achieve a level of refinement that only comes with top-level technical ability - a dark chocolate and orange mousse with hazelnut dacquoise and burnt orange ice cream shows a firm grasp of how flavours work together, or you might bow out on a classic note with an exemplary tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream.

Further information

Tel: 020 8940 6777
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open/closed

Dates closed: 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern International
Chef: Berwyn Davies
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 14
Children welcome.
Children's portions.

 

Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £24.50
3 Course lunch from: £29.50
Sunday lunch: £22.50-£32.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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Just outside Kew Gardens underground station
Nearest station: Kew Garden

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