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Pure delight’, ‘marvellously rewarding’, ‘a foodie’s paradise’… the superlatives keep raining down on Aussie Brett Graham’s two-Michelin-starred powerhouse, and so they should. This is Notting Hill at its most chichi (‘I spotted a Roksanda Ilincic dress walking around’), although the light-filled interiors play it low-key and the mood is never snooty. Ultimately, it’s all about the food, and the kitchen succeeds spectacularly, elevating ingredients to staggering new heights. From delicate scallop ceviche with apple jelly, seaweed oil and frozen horseradish to ‘gobsmacking’ sea bass with fennel, mussels and mousserons, or roast breast and confit pigeon leg with plums, red vegetables and leaves, every mouthful delivers big flavour with real subtlety. Friendly staff clearly love their work, while the obliging sommelier works wonders. ‘Believe the hype’, insists a fan – ‘there aren’t many restaurants that do better than this.’


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  1. Published : Monday, 14 July 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: The Ledbury

    The 2 Michelin starred Ledbury is often considered as one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in London. Its head chef/patron is Brett Graham, an Australian who endeavours to keep the standards exceptionally high at this Notting Hill restaurant. His efforts have more than paid off, as the food here is the some of the best I’ve had.

    The set lunch menu is a good way to dip your toes into an expensive restaurant; four courses and a glass of wine comes to £65, which is a good deal less than dining here at dinner. Graham ensures that the dishes are more than just beautiful, each plate is substantial and you won’t leave hungry. An artistry and finesse is honed to perfection in each course, from Canapés to Petit Fours. To start and end, be spoiled with steamed onion buns, curled apple and mullet, deep fried brawn, truffles and a Riesling and peach jelly...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 29 April 2014

    Drifting Epicure :: The Ledbury

    Every now and then the culinary curious deserves a treat. The only thing needed is just an excuse to splurge. Once justified the next task is deciding where to go. In London, this is not necessarily an easy task with an ocean of top notch restaurants to choose from. This time we settled with The Ledbury which has been around for 9 years. Earlier this week it was ranked number 10 in the most recent World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The solid reputation The Ledbury has built up the past decade plus the two Michelin stars it holds attracts many bookings. Going to this kind of place requires some careful planning or luck if you’re aiming at popular hours. In our case it was a combination of the two. I was one month ahead and only managed to get the last available dinner table for the following month. Note that weekday lunch tables probably are probably easier targets for flexible travellers.

    Brett Graham, a chef from Australia, is the guy behind the success story. Prior to The Ledbury he was working at The Square, another well regarded French restaurant in London. Situated in this quiet corner of Notthing Hill just a few blocks away from the touristy Portobello Market The Ledbury is surrounded by a mix of residentials. It melts in quite well with its discreet black facade...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 25 January 2014

    SilverSpoon London :: A night at The Ledbury

    The Ledbury in Notting Hill has been on my restaurant bucket list for years but I'd always struggled to get a booking. This time I was prepared and secured a table two months before the big day! Its not hard to see why the Ledbury is difficult to get into, it is one of only 9 two Michelin star restaurants in London and is also the holder of 3 AA Rosettes.

    So dressed in our finery, including my 5 and half inch Jimmy Choos which only make an outing on occasions when I'm unlikely to move from a sitting position, we arrived at the restaurant with eager anticipation.

    The restaurant is classic in design with large feature windows, cream furnishing and dark wood. Ambience is buzzy but formal and at *little* staid...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 18 June 2013

    ytTastes :: Lunch at The Ledbury

    Booked way in advance, my friend and I were eagerly looking forward to lunching at The Ledbury. Our various friends have recommended it highly, so with the advance booking, we were really looked forward to the experience. However as the day approached both of us were rather worried, for we had individually caught, for myself a cold and sore throat, and my friend the beginnings of a cold due to a heavy workload. But we were still determined, so slightly drugged up with paracetamol we made our way to The Ledbury.

    The Ledbury is based in Notting Hill and just a stone’s throw away from Portobello market. The dining room is actually not particularly large, but with one wall fully mirrored in a tasteful way, it gives the impression of a very spacious restaurant. I can see in fine weather there may be the opportunity of opening the terrace doors to include some of the outside space as a dining area. What I love the most is the casual yet formal and friendly atmosphere they have, from your arrival to your departure – a fine balance that The Ledbury have definitely achieved...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 26 September 2013

    Munch My Way :: The Ledbury, Notting Hill

    The Ledbury in Notting Hill is an exquisite dining venue in the heart of West London. The Ledbury is an acclaimed restaurant with 2 Michelin stars under its belt. The interior is clean, modern and tarred objects deco on the table added a nice touch… When I arrived I was surprise at how quiet the place was when It was already nearly at full service and how well all diners looked… I felt under dress...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 27 June 2013

    Lady Aga :: The Ledbury: Lucky Number 13

    I’d visited Notting Hill’s culinary institution, The Ledbury, just once - some ten years ago, shortly after it had opened, and I still remember it as being pretty much the most exciting meal of my life...So how would it fare a decade later? Answer: This is a restaurant at the top of its game and showing no signs of stopping- both food and service are the best on offer. Brett Graham’s cooking and his crew’s razor-sharp service combine to create that awesome effect of the restaurant ‘bubble’ - whereby you’re temporarily transported to a dream-like-state of relaxation, indulgence and satiation...
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  1. Known across London as Zagat’s best restaurant and across the world as one of the top 20 San Pellegrino restaurants, The Ledbury was awarded **2 stars two years ago. Located in Nothing Hill between the bustle Portobello Road and Westbound Grove’s smart shops, the restaurant’s Australian chef Brett Graham has found the secret to dining success.

    Both English and French staff offer a pleasant welcome, with many of the customers seeming to come from the area. Surrounded by large windows and mirrors, you will immediately feel special in this elegant environment...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 19 May 2013

    Edesia Is Hungry - Food of the Gods :: The Ledbury

    Considered one of the best restaurants in London by many of my peers, and by some notable awards as one of the best in the world, The Ledbury is a Notting Hill based restaurant of some repute. Located near the lower end of Portobello Road market it's a decent sized open room, with large windows by Ledbury Road and mirrored wall at the back. We were seated, chose a glass of rose champagne and offered canapes, curd for my wife and foie gras and orange for myself as browsed the choice of set lunch, a la carte or tasting menus. The vegetarian menu could be chosen as courses, or taken in its entirety as a tasting menu. I was keen to sample as much of Brett Graham's cooking as possible so we went for the vegetarian and standard tasting menus.Bread is made in house, my first choice a bacon and onion brioche of extremely high quality, as good as anything I've had. We also tried some great sourdough and a tiny malt crystal loaf baked in what looked like a tiny flowerpot.The amuse bouche was a generous plate of English spring asparagus and wild asparagus with truffle and a warm quails egg. I've not tried wild asparagus before, slender stems with a more subtle taste than the cultivated variety but equally delicious, all partnered well with the warm quail yolk. First course was a ceviche of scallops overlaid with a wafer thin turnip disc, seaweed oil with a frozen English wasabi snow dusting the dish. These were lovely fresh scallops and the English wasabi snow providing a lovely kick and intense flavour, similar but far more refined than the green artificial wasabi found elsewhere. My wifes were similar, but shaving of radish were used instead of scallop, with the addition of some celtic mustard.Second course was a signature dish, a fabulous flame grilled piece of mackerel, pickled cucumber and shiso. The mackerel was outstanding, and the accompaniments perfectly matched with the fish. My wifes second course was an excellent risotto of celeriac, creamy and rich with mushrooms , celeriac shavings and a flavourful parsley emulsion.  We both had a similar course next, and one I was looking forward to. A bowl of Hampshire Buffalo Milk Curd with a small piece of leek and mushrooms was set before us, and into this was poured a consomme of grilled shallots for myself, and grilled ceps for my wife. In addition to this, on a piece of bark were 2 slices of toast topped with melted Saint Nectaire, truffle mayonnaise and truffle gratings. This dish was amazing, the curd and mushroom pieces were delicious, but the consomme was unbelievably good, intense with a grilled shallot flavour. The toast was absolutely divine, flawless bread, perfectly melted silky cheese with the heady earthy truffle.  The curd and consomme on its own this was would have been a fantastic dish, but the cheese on toast accompanying it escalated it the dish to stratospheric heights. No visitor to The Ledbury should miss this.A turbot dish followed, this was a perfectly cooked piece of turbot, topped with black quinoa, cooked so it had a crunchy bite to it. Accompanying this was a wonderfully soft and well flavoured broccoli stem with crab, and a butter with Indian spices. My wifes dish was similar, foucsing on the stems paired with a natural yoghurt with the quinoa and some crisps providing texture. This was a delicious course, the Indian spices and butter adding tons of flavour without overpowering the excellent key ingredients.The next course was a picturesque baked Crapaudine Beetroot dish for my wife, this is variety of beetroot with an unusual aromatic flavour. This was accompanied by red leaves, pumpernickel and a cherry blossom, winter and spring on a plate. My dish was first presented by the waitress, a hunk of pork jowl cooked sous vide with star anise and other spices. This was taken away to be plated. It returned with parsnip and pear and walnuts. This was incredibly tender, and intense with the spices, it went perfectly with the fresh bites of pear and sweet parsnip.The final main course was a venison dish,  Muntjac with Red vegetables and leaves, bone marrow and cherry blossom. The venison came in a few forms, the loin, a finger of fillet and a sausage of venison. This was a truly exception dish, fantastic venison seasoned to perfection and matched with sweet and tart vegetables. The venison was one of the best i've had, tender and well flavoured. My wife had a dish of white asparagus with morels. cooked in Earl Grey tea, the tea and bergamot flavours were subtle and did not overpower some excellent asparagus, the morels were really good too.Having had some good sized portions, we skipped the cheese course.  Pre-dessert was a small bowl of honey and thyme cream with some exquisite little wild strawberries, this came with an olive oil and sweet cicely granita. Dessert itself was a slice of brown sugar tart, with poached grapes and stem ginger ice cream. Top quality pastry work here, the brown sugar tart creamy and with a burnt caramelised note and worked really well with the grapes providing a burst of flavour and the ginger ice cream having an intense flavour. I loved this, although not a visually complicated creation found in starred patisserie focused on exceptional taste which it provided in bucketfuls. I was tempted to order seconds.Coffee came with some petit fours, a ganache, passion fruit jelly and a lovely delicate little biscuit that was as light as a feather. The bill came to £320 and included 2 glasses of white, a Grüner Veltliner, and 2 reds, Le Soula Rouge, recommended by the Scottish sommelier. Service was excellent, warm and personal and note remotely stiff or over-formal.The Ledbury is not somewhere you will easily get a booking at short notice, full for months ahead and for good reason too, it's a restaurant whose global reputation is well justified, we had a fabulous long lunch and some truly outstanding food. Open up your calendars, flick forward a few months and pencil in a day, you won't be disappointed.Canape's.Amuse Bouche of Asparagus.Shaved Radishes with Seaweed Oil, Celtic Mustard and Frozen Horseradish.Ceviche of Hand Dived Scallops with Turnip, Seaweed Oil and Frozen English Wasabi."Risotto" of Celeriac with Spring Truffle and Parsley.Flame Grilled Mackerel with Pickled Cucumber, Celtic Mustard and Shiso.Hampshire Buffalo Milk Curd with Saint Nectaire, Truffle Toast and Broth of Grilled Shallots.Broccoli Stem with Natural Yoghurt and Indian Spices in Brown Butter.Cornish Turbot with Broccoli Stem, Crab and Black Quinoa.Baked Crapaudine Beetroot with Red Leaves, Pumpernickel and Cherry Blossom.Jowl of Pork with Parsnip, Pear and Walnuts.White Asparagus with Morels Cooked in Earl Grey Tea and Parmesan.Loin of Muntjac with Red Vegetables and Leaves, Bone Marrow and Cherry Blossom.Olive Oil, Honey and Thyme Cream with Wild Strawberries and Sweet Cicely.Brown Sugar Tart with Poached Grapes and Stem Ginger Ice Cream.Petit Fours.The Ledbury
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  1. Published : Thursday, 29 August 2013

    Nomface :: The Ledbury, London

    We have heard fantastic reviews of The Ledbury, but with 2 Michelin stars and placed 13th in the San Pellegrino 2013 top 50 restaurants in the world we expected it to deliver, and deliver it did. This was our second experience of a 2 Michelin starred restaurant and expectations were high along with the two month wait since booking increasing the anticipation. We chose to visit during a Sunday lunch sitting as this seemed to give the best value at £50 for three courses with a selection similar to the normal weekday a la carte menu at £80 for three courses including some of the signature dishes...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 30 December 2012

    Saying it straight :: The Ledbury. Love, actually.

    I like a chef who looks after his customers. To the extent of coming out of the kitchen with a rolling-pin during a riot, even.

    And the chef in charge here, Brett Graham, is a star. What is it about Aussie chefs? Caravan, Granger & Co and now this. And I wasn’t even trying.

    Tip: if you want to get a reservation, go and see them. I’d really given up all hope of getting a table before 2013, having tried a few times without success. And you wouldn’t ever drop in on the off-chance. It’s said that they turned away Brangelina. How much do we love that? So I was passing and thought I’d ask.

    And they had told us that there would only be a tasting menu available, because it was those dead days between Christmas and new year. And the fact that we could actually get in made us worry that they might not be at their best. We’d had a bit of a sub-standard experience a year ago at another normally reliable place and we were a bit wary...
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  1. Booked three months ago, this weekend was finally the one we had lunch with my flatmate at The Ledburry, the two Michelin stars restaurant situated in Notting Hill.
    When we arrived there the team was very welcoming, elegant and helpful. We had a table for two, decorated in a simple and elegant way by a small detail, a black ornamental rock...
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Brett Graham

Brett Graham came to Britain from his native Australia in 2000 &, quite fortuitously, landed himself a job in one of the finest kitchens in London, namely Philip Howard's The Square. Just two years after his arrival, he won one of the industry's most prestigious awards, Young Chef of the Year. Meanwhile, at The Square, he had managed to climb the ranks to senior sous chef. In 2005, Graham launched The Ledbury with the backing of Howard & restaurateur Nigel Platts-Martin. Since then he has really hit the heights: The Ledbury picked up its second Michelin star in 2010 & Graham's latest venture, The Harwood Arms also received its first star, some 18 months after opening in Fulham.

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