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A local favourite of Princess Di back in the day, Launceston Place remains a neighbourhood restaurant of the highest calibre – stupendous value at lunchtime and a “real occasion” in the evening. The air of townhouse intimacy and understated elegance remain – think snug grey walls, restrained artwork and views of residential Kensington from large picture windows. Michelin-starred Tim Allen continues to fire on all cylinders, delivering refined, “inspiring” dishes based on red-hot technique rather than faddish gimmickry – witness veal rump with tête au veau, cream-cheese ravioli and Madeira sauce or turbot with caramelised cauliflower, Cornish crab and shrimps. Occasionally an idea misfires (our roast quail with pear and chicory was strong enough without its garnish of crumbled frozen foie gras), but there are no quibbles about must-have desserts such as the famed chocolate and pistachio sphere. First-rate service makes everyone feel important, while a “highly engaging” sommelier is on hand to match wines from the top-drawer list.


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  1. Launceston Place has been at the back of my mind for absolutely ages now. Everyone keeps talking about it, photos are popping up all over Twitter and the food looks stunning. The head chef here that's worked his magic is, Tim Allen. Tim's started working here in 2012, and was previously housed at none less than the two Michelin starred restaurant, Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds. He gained his first Michelin star here at Launceston Place, in the same year he started - what a fantastic achievement...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 5 May 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Launceston Place

    There’s two dining rooms and both have a fairly odd layout so no two tables are the same. It’s a bit like eating in the downstairs of someone’s house – someone who has a really, really lovely house. Dark grey walls, plush carpets and tables adorned with white tablecloths made for a beautiful space with a really relaxed and comfortable atmosphere...
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  1. Launceston Place is part of the D&D restaurant group and is located in a regency house tucked away in an adorable part of Kensington. The street is beautiful and grand. As for the décor, it remains very formal and austere with its dark, greyish colours.
    For a Michelin restaurant, they do a surprisingly good value Sunday lunch menu with three-courses for £29.50. Unlike some set lunch menus, there were a good range of options within each course. Furthermore, there appear to be only minor differences between the options on the lunch menu and those on the a la carte menu priced at £48 for three courses...
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  1. Published : Friday, 18 October 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Launceston Place

    It’s not often than we can be proud of British food, dare I say cuisine, but Tim Allen and his band of chefs at Launceston Place rescue it magnificently. Our food revelation begins in the lushest fold of Kensington, in the sweet spot between Gloucester Road and Hyde Park where those infinitely elegant townhouses, layered like wedding cakes, rule supreme. As usual, cocktails begin proceedings; both the cosmopolitan and negroni are strong enough so that sipping one throughout dinner is sufficient to keep the vibe buoyant. Canapés of choux pastry with béchamel and fried parmesan bonbons kick start the night...
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Private Dining at Launceston Place

The Chefs Office at Launceston Place seats up to 10 guests and is the restaurant's own take on a chef's table. Expect a bespoke tasting menu and watch the action from stove to table with a live feed via a plasma screen.


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The Chefs Office 10

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  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Kensington
  • Price: £75.00
  • Wine: £25.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Lunch: £25 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £55/70 (3/6 courses)

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