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AA Notable Wine List 2016-17
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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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Outstanding modern dining of great creative impetus

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

Now in its confident second decade, Notting Hill's Ledbury remains one of the reference-points of outstanding modern dining in an area where it still feels like a moment of sweet serendipity to come across it. The frontage done in sober aubergine behind trimly kept shrubbery recalls its erstwhile incarnation as a pub, but inside is a smart monochrome room, where immaculately linened tables on a parquet floor set the tone. The much-garlanded presiding genius Brett Graham was, at 15, a kitchen hand in a simple fish restaurant in Newcastle, Australia. He's come a long way, in every sense, with cooking that lacks nothing in creative impetus and visual delight, or in the unstinting quality of its prime materials. The four-course dinner format might open with a fashionable pairing of smoked and dried eel with candied beetroot, dotted with caviar, a resonant exercise in counterpointing flavours, and then follow on with roast cauliflower and creamed crab, given thermidor-like richness with parmesan and basil. For main, there could be miraculously tender pork cheek with crackling, chanterelles, and a dressing of carrot and gooseberry juices. Depth and complexity are seemingly evoked from even the simplest means, such as the pear braised in brown butter that comes with a caramel of goats’ milk, while the signature dessert is the unctuous brown sugar tart with ginger ice cream. A seven-course taster takes in the menu highlights, and there is a sensational wine list, leading off with splendid selections in two glass sizes, before romping off into the broad hectares of the French regions and beyond.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, Summer bank holiday
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.45

Chef

  • Chef: Brett Graham

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 819
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from145
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 55
  • Off-site parking available: Talbot Road

Additional information

  • Seats: 55

Getting here

Nearest train station

Westbourne Park, Notting Hill Gate
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