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AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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French-based cooking of exemplary consistency

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

A hardy perennial that's handy for trips to Kew Gardens, The Glasshouse pays tribute to the nearby horticultural action both in its name and the row of shrubs along its covered flank. In a pale-walled room briskly crowded, though not uncomfortably so, with smartly dressed tables, the place puts on a strong team performance, both out front and in the kitchen, where Berwyn Davies leads the line. The upscale Anglo-French bistro food has remained deservedly popular over the years, and has moved discreetly with the times, now adding sea purslane, truffled potato and preserved lemon to an aromatic soup of red mullet, now pickling rhubarb and puréeing samphire to accompany a starter serving of duck breast. Main courses cast the net far north to the Scottish boats for splendidly fresh fish such as Isle of Gigha halibut, and down to the Cornish catch for Fowey mussels to accompany it, a sauce of blood-orange and verjus adding colour and grip, or there may be Suffolk pork with anchovies and salt-baked pear, cavolo nero and lyonnaise onions. Desserts are full of siren-song indulgence, perhaps tarte Tatin with ginger ice cream, or passionfruit meringue with coconut ice cream and caramelised mango, and the French and English cheeses are properly mature.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–26 December, 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30

Chef

  • Chef: Berwyn Davies

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern International
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 479
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from27.50
  • 3-course lunch from32.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 14
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 60
  • Off-site parking available: On street (meter)

Additional information

  • Seats: 60

Getting here

Just outside Kew Gardens underground station

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Three-course lunch from£32.50**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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