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Few restaurants mix elegance and informality quite like Rowley Leigh’s ‘effortlessly stylish’ eatery atop Whiteleys. The gorgeous space, complete with stunning windows from the original 1911 building, is beautifully kitted out with timeless art-deco-style interiors, while the well-regarded cooking places a premium on seasonality. We enjoyed seared mackerel fillet with gooseberry purée ahead of slices of lamb, cooked pink, with chilli and marjoram – both light and packed full of flavour. Democratic prices offer possibilities for everyone – some readers rave about the ‘great value’ set menu, others prefer to line up a dozen Galway natives from the oyster bar, before opting for grilled Dover sole with hollandaise and a bottle of Puligny-Montrachet. Service is spot on and chef Rowley keeps an eye on proceedings from the open kitchen. Note: you can BYO wine on Monday nights.

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  1. Published : Friday, 28 September 2012

    Saying it straight :: Le Cafe Anglais.

    I wanted to love it. I used to love Kensington Place, in its early days and I love Rowley Leigh‘s writing in the FT, but I didn’t love this. I didn’t hate it either, though, I just wasn’t excited by it.

    This is the restaurant at the top of the former Whiteleys department store and occupies a corner end of the top floor of the building. The setting is incongruous. To get the restaurant, you need to walk past various cheap and cheerful chain restaurants and the overall effect is very American mall. You would never guess that at the end of the corridor you would find this elegant and atmospheric room. Surrounded by what appear to be the original and very attractive leaded light windows, the decor is pure 1930s art deco – successfully done...
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Rowley Leigh

2008 Rowley Leigh At the end of 2007, Rowley Leigh, founder & head chef of Notting Hill's landmark restaurant Kensington Place for 20 years, took his seasonal European cuisine to the Whiteley's shopping centre. There, he set up Le Café Anglais with former financial journalist Charlie McVeigh - the brains behind Woody's, the Bush Bar & The Draft House. With an interior in keeping with the grandeur of William Whiteley's original department store, the restaurant was immediately popular with the dining public, & won both Best Newcomer & London Restaurant of the Year at the London Restaurant Awards 2008. Leigh continues in his role as cookery writer for the Financial Times.

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