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AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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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Exciting modern cooking in genteel Kensington

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The well-groomed Georgian townhouse – set on the corner of a leafy little residential Kensington street - might feel like just another smart-neighbourhood gaff, but the savvy foodies hereabouts know its pedigree and knack for attracting talented young chefs. Ben Murphy fits the mould to a tee, a Pierre Koffmann alumnus and certainly a chef to watch. His light, modern cooking delivers clever combinations of texture and bold flavour, all deftly engineered with invention and flair and dressed-to-thrill presentation. There’s often whit too; take petit four miniatures like a sensational Bakewell tart cone and lemon meringue lollipop. His is fine-tuned cooking, and, though light carte portions don’t perhaps talk the full three courses for large appetites, they excel on the tasting menu, while the fixed-price lunch is a bargain at this pitch. Standout dishes might include an opener of perfect agnolotti (pasta), stuffed with rich, big-flavoured oxtail and truffle, and to follow, sea-fresh turbot teamed with verjus, turnip and coriander. To finish, why not a classic pistachio soufflé la Tante Claire. A first-class service team and interior of pastel grey with leather seating and modern artwork spreads across the intimate dining areas and aptly fulfils the smart-chic brief. A cracking cheese trolley and labour-of-love wine list deliver top billing too.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, Easter
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef(s): Ben Murphy

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 352
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £23
  • 3-course lunch from: £28
  • 2-course dinner from: £55
  • 3-course dinner from: £60
  • Tasting menu from: £79
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • Off-site parking available: On street, car park off Kensington High Street

Getting here

Nearest train station

Gloucester Road, High Street Kensington
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