Located almost opposite Kew Gardens, and just a stroll from the renowned Coach & Horses pub/hotel, Linnea is the brainchild of Swedish chef Jonas Karlsson (formerly at The Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols). Appropriately, given the location, he has named his elegant new gaff after Sweden’s national flower – and his grandmother. Patriotic themes play their part on the seasonal menu too, although there are also noticeable influences from France and Italy: marinated ‘gravad’ beef is served with horseradish and green beans, roasted sea bream comes with fennel, dill and hay-infused sauce, and braised pork belly might appear alongside glazed onions and sweet-and-sour cabbage. To finish, consider saffron mousse with sweet wine jelly and shortbread. Prices are more neighbourhood than big city, and the food is backed by a 70-strong wine list, plus beers and ciders.
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