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Launceston Place

1a Launceston Place, LONDON, W8 5RL

The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. Launceston Place has long had a reputation as a destination for good food, but right now it's enjoying a place at the top table. This leafy part of South Ken has a restaurant that can hold its own with the best the capital has to offer. The location on the corner of an upmarket mews (just about everything is upmarket around here), looks ordinary enough, consisting of four Victorian houses that could be mistaken for a jazzed-up boozer or a smart neighbourhood joint. But once you're over the threshold, and the first-class service team swings into action, it's clear there's nothing ordinary about Launceston Place. The interior design is certainly in keeping with the postcode, with the series of spaces done out in shades of grey with splashes of colour coming from the modern artworks on the walls. The carte (market menu) and tasting option are packed with prime British ingredients that arrive at the table looking absolutely top drawer, which is also the case for dishes from the very good value set lunch option. A starter of quail consists of two breasts topped with truffles and crab apple (looking like fish scales), while two quails eggs arrive hidden under a cloche - the big reveal delivering a smoky hit of hay. Add to that some corn in various textures and a hit of acidity from verjus, and we're off to a flyer. A main course English veal rump, with three ravioli filled with truffled cream cheese, smoked grelot onions and some t?te de veau doesn't need any theatre to show its class. Another course matches fillet of plaice with linguine and a crab sauce with sea purslane. There's no let-up in the intensity of flavours and technical virtuosity when it comes to the sweet stages either, not if raspberry delice with aerated white chocolate and a silky smooth quenelle of white chocolate ice cream is anything to judge by. Another dessert offers a refined hit of citrus in the form of a bergamot souffl? and its accompanying lemon curd ice cream. Head sommelier Agustin Trapero and his team have put together an exceptional wine list that champions smaller producers and has a particularly cracking selection from Burgundy.

Further information

Tel: 020 7937 6912
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Mon
Dates closed: Xmas, New Year, Etr
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Tue

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Timothy Allen
Number of seats: 50
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £30.00
3 Course dinner from: £55.00
Sunday lunch: £35.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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