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Launceston Place

1a Launceston Place, LONDON, W8 5RL

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At first glance, a passer-by might think Launceston Place to be a steady neighbourhood restaurant, albeit one upmarket enough for this postcode. The truth it is, it's more than that. Launceston Place has long been a place with ambition and it has maintained a reputation as a serious player for many years. These days, under head chef Tim Allen, it's gone intergalactic. Made up of four Victorian houses on the corner of a posh mews, inside it is all sober neutrality, with the series of spaces decked out with charcoal walls and statement modern art. Tables are dressed up for the occasion, and the service team keep it all running along nicely. Chef hails from Yorkshire and is clearly passionate about British ingredients, but quality is sought wherever it exists, so there's top produce from across the channel, too. His cooking is modern, creative and dynamic, but with a subtle touch, and the contemporary flourishes are well judged. There's a Tasting Menu alongside a Market Menu, which is the à la carte by another name, plus a set lunch. A starter of leveret hare (a young animal) with lightly-pickled red cabbage, baked potato cream, caramelised bacon and 100% pure cacoa, draws on classic combinations and delivers the chef's own vision. Another starter has Cornish mackerel, cold-smoked and grilled, partnered with gooseberries, charred cucumber and iced grain mustard. The high skill level and bold, exciting cooking continues into main courses such as English veal served three ways, with mushroom purée, truffle linguine and Madeira jus. A fishy main course of wild sea bass comes with a crab and leek cannelloni, confit lemon and black truffle. These dishes are characterised by an informed sense of what works with what, with the technical finesse adding another level of interest all together. Desserts impress in the same way, with a passionfruit soufflé powered up with grated fresh lime and served with coconut ice cream, and a caramel chocolate sphere partnered with Williams pear and caramelised walnuts. The wine list is a fine piece of work, with an ace team of sommeliers on hand to help you through.

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Tel: 020 7937 6912
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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.

Launceston Place, London w8


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