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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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Soothing Kensington venue with dynamic cooking

AA Inspector

At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Proprietors Philip Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas have some London restaurant experience between them, to understate it, and in the refined environs of Kensington, they have created a soothing backdrop for dynamically inspired modern cooking. The room is done in gentle beige, with framed artworks and circular mirrors, and Mark Kempson is achieving great things on the plate, often with a deceptive economy of means. A starter of barbecue-glazed quail has strong, true flavours, the legs confit, with a little discreet richness added by foie gras and sharpness from rhubarb. Main could be slowly poached Cornish cod in Fowey mussel broth, with a plethora of winter veg and ink-dyed garganelli pasta, or tenderly roasted veal rump with bulghur wheat, charred lettuce, hazelnuts and wild leek. Desserts may be unexpectedly lighter than their billings, as when pumpkin and bitter chocolate delivers, respectively, an airy vanilla-scented mousse and intensely flavoured sorbet, together with a little caramelised orange to cut through, while the Yorkshire rhubarb makes a return with warm yogurt doughnuts and rhubarb ripple ice cream. The home-made sourdough bread proves to be dangerously moreish. A six-course evening taster and well-stocked wine list offering around 20 by the glass or half-bottle carafe add allure to the whole deal.<

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, Bank holidays
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef: Mark Kempson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 110
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Starter from : 8.95
  • Main course from: 21
  • Dessert from: 6.75
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 75
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP High Street

Additional information

  • Seats: 75

Getting here

Nearest train station

High Street Kensington
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