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AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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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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Boundless creative energy from Notting Hill's finest

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

Nobody could accuse Notting Hill of being behind the curve of London restaurant fashion over the past two or three decades. Many of the predominant trends found their footing here, and in The Ledbury the district has a flagship of exploratory modern cuisine to compete with any West End aristocrat. Brett Graham's modest beginnings in the harbour city of Newcastle (the one in New South Wales) launched one of the stellar careers. London is lucky to have him. A beautifully understated contemporary dining space has been conjured from a one-time pub, its sober purple frontage leading into an immaculately appointed room. The eight-course tasting menu offers a tour of dishes from the carte, itself a four-course format replete with boundless creative energy. First up might be a tartare of Cumbrian veal, matched with grilled artichoke oil and aged beef fat on toast, an umami-laden prelude to a fish dish such as steamed cod with romanesco, anchovies and basil. Every element plays its allotted part in the symphony of flavours, none more resonantly than in a main course of fallow deer with rhubarb and smoked bone marrow, served against a ruffle of red leaves. A pair of diners might sign up for the majestic serving of Herdwick lamb, accompanied by tea-dusted aubergine and black olives. The signature dessert has long been the brown sugar tart with ginger ice cream, but consider too a simple but powerfully effective pairing of dark chocolate Chantilly and clementine leaf. The vegetarian menu is brimful of bright ideas, while only the most iron-willed resolution will equip you for resisting the cheese trolley.

Opening hours

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

Chef

  • Chef(s): Brett Graham

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: £150
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

Getting here

Nearest train station

Westbourne Park, Notting Hill Gate
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