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In less than a year, this tiny restaurant has a full reservations book thanks to the ambition and hard work of young chef Marianne Lumb. “Totally exceptional” and “ideal for a family celebration”, it is London’s smallest fine-dining restaurant, with just 14 seats. Clever design, high ceilings and ample light prevent the place feeling cramped, and a cool eau-de-nil and pale-pink colour scheme adds a luxurious touch. There’s a new restaurant manager, sommelier and extra chef to help with the lunch and dinner menus, including the increasingly popular tasting menus with matching wines. The daily changing list could match scallops with trompettes de la mort, cauliflower and chicken jus; or foie gras with black figs, ruby port and brioche – or perhaps olive oil poached salmon with pea velouté in summer. The kitchen also makes its own bread and succulent truffled Brie – and we love the yummy chocolate desserts.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 24 June 2014

    Sam Stewart Etc :: Marianne Restaurant

    I ooked Marianne’s two months ahead of our dinner and was really looking forward to it. The restaurant is tiny, only 14 seats and reservations are hard to come by (our waiter told me they get 50 requests/day). They also do only one seating at dinner to make sure their customers are not rushed and have the best possible experience. The restaurant is very small which makes it even more precious and special. They have two menu options – a 3 or 4 course menu (£55 or £65) or a full prix fix for £85. Since our dinner was at 8:15pm on a Friday and we didn’t feel like eating until midnight, we went with the three courses...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 2 July 2014

    Saying it straight :: Marianne. Middling.

    When I was a baby lawyer, I entertained a fantasy that I would do law for about ten years, then open up a little neighbourhood restaurant. That was before I realised how much physical work, not to mention financial risk would be involved and I don’t do risk. Less a liberation from the law and more a life sentence to a stove.
    But if I had opened a restaurant, it is highly likely that it would have been something like this. Small, but perfectly formed, Marianne is a beautiful little space. It’s the smallest fine dining restaurant in London, said the waiter. Like you’re in somebody’s very smart dining room and there...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 2 July 2014

    The Food Judge :: Marianne. Middling.

    When I was a baby lawyer, I entertained a fantasy that I would do law for about ten years, then open up a little neighbourhood restaurant. That was before I realised how much physical work, not to mention financial risk would be involved and I don’t do risk. Less a liberation from the law and more a life sentence to a stove.
    But if I had opened a restaurant, it is highly likely that it would have been something like this. Small, but perfectly formed, Marianne is a beautiful little space. It’s the smallest fine dining restaurant in London, said the waiter. Like you’re in somebody’s very smart dining room and there...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 20 October 2013

    vialaporte :: Marianne // Notting Hill // London

    Having a top-quality restaurant arrive in your neighbourhood is always a wonderful surprise. The residents of Notting Hill seem to have stuck some serious luck with the opening of Marianne Lumb’s self-entitled restaurant – Marianne. While relaxed and friendly in person, chef has clearly built on her incredibility varied private and professional chef experience to put-in-place a kitchen (and team) that runs like clockwork.

    While the cooking space is only the size of some restaurants’ coldstores, the dining room is equally small, seating a maximum of 14. The delicately lit, calm space is instantly relaxing,...
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  1. Nestled on a quiet street off Notting Hill’s Westbourne Grove, Marianne is a fine example of a mini-restaurant. With just 5 tables, it seats a mere 14 diners and is super intimate (without being cramped).

    Stepping foot inside, the dining room is concealed behind a tall curtain; pass through this and you’ll enter what for me was a wonderfully tranquil cocoon. Furnished with light pastel colours throughout along with soft lighting, the harmonious decor is immediately calming...
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  • Address: 104 Chepstow Road, London W2 5QS
  • Telephone: 020 3675 7750
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 6-11.30pm (Fri-Sun 12N-3pm)

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