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Launceston Place two stars

020 3589 2084

1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL

£75.00 British Kensington

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  • Wine: £25.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Lunch: £25 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £48/65 (3/6 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -3pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm Sun 6.30-10pm

Square Meal Review of Launceston Place ?

It may be squirrelled away off Kensington’s main drag, but there’s no shortage of culinary fireworks at this bastion of urbane, civilised dining – thanks to chef Tim Allen, who has set the place alight and picked up a Michelin star for his refined, complex cooking. Red-hot technique rather than voguish gimmickry is the hallmark of dishes such as slow-cooked duck egg with white-bean purée and ceps, duck confit with cured foie gras and sherry-vinegar caramel, or a deliciously light combo of hand-dived plaice, crayfish, anchovy potatoes, seashore herbs and crayfish cappuccino. After that, white chocolate mousse with strawberries, orange ice cream and star-anise meringues makes a superlative finale. Set in a quirky townhouse with large windows, cosy connecting rooms and restrained colours, atmospheric Launceston Place is also reckoned to be ‘great for a romantic night out’, with the maître d’ and sommelier at the top of their game.

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  1. Launceston Place

    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Sarah P.
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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 2

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    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Lennard D.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 5

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  3. Launceston Place

    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Martin S.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  4. Launceston Place

    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Laura J.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  5. Launceston Place

    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Chris70
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Forsabarca
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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 10

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  7. Launceston Place

    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Steven F.
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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  8. Launceston Place

    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Liz G.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  9. Launceston Place

    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Dan B.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  10. Launceston Place

    1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
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    Laurent R.
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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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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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  2. Published : Friday, 18th 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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  3. 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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  4. Published : Sunday, 5th 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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  5. Published : Sunday, 21st October 2012

    LONDONcalling :: Launceston Place.

    Its been a while since we ate at Launceston Place. Chef Tristan Welch  was in residence at the time. I never met him but he came across as a really nice guy on the few TV appearance's that I saw him in . He was hotly tipped for Michelin stardom but that elusive gong was not to arrive.Move forward a handful of years and lo and behold Launceston Place have finally gained the star that they so much desired. It has arrived in very quick fashion too, especially given Michelin's pedestrian history. Tim Allen perhaps was destined for stardom having worked for arguably one of the toughest chefs in the business John Burton Race. Then a seven year stint at Whatley Manor with highly respected two Michelin starred Martin Burge has not gone unnoticed too. Still he has only been here since February and to earn a star in that period of time is remarkable indeed.The restaurant is an unusual shape and seats around sixty. There is a private dining room in the basement. The best seats are by the large window at the front of the restaurant.There were  three menus to choose from on our weekend lunch visit, a tasting menu, carte, and set lunch.A few dishes cross over from the carte on to the set making it far from the poor cousin. All of them read very well with lots of temptation in each. In the end we chose the set menu as we found all of the dishes interesting but it was about half the price of the carte.A couple of amuse bouche arrived at the table. The moreish cheese filled choux pastry gougeres were much relished. The extremely tasty cauliflower foam sitting on a bed of curried lentils is worthy of developing as a course on its own it was that enjoyable.Bread was decent and I suspect freshly baked on the premises. I slightly preferred the white to the brown. I am not keen on whipped butter though, much preferring the rich density of the originalMy first course read very well. Slow cooked Duck egg, sauteed girolles, pata negra lardo, pea veloute. I initially found the sight of the under cooked egg white off putting, however I put that to the back of my mind because the smell was amazing and it ate very well indeed. Every component of the dish worked in tandem resulting in a very nice plate of food indeed.My wife's starter looked the business. Hot home smoked Mackerel with salt water prawns, piquillo pepper and lemon confit. There was a delay in the main courses. our server apologised for the wait as the chef was not happy with my fish and had decided to cook another. We felt like Great British Menu judges instead of normal punters, still I like that honesty coming from a craftsman.The Roasted Hake was indeed worth the wait. It was accompanied with salt cod bon bon, celeriac puree, charred baby gem, capers and brown butter chicken jus, a veritable mouthful in both senses.A hunky bit of fish perfectly cooked. Moist and flaky big on flavour with enough textural teasing on the plate to hold the interest. Again another bit of good cooking.I also liked the sound of my wife's dish Roasted pigeon with glazed bacon.  No small portions here proper plates of food and this was a man sized portion as well.Totally delicious, tender and gamy, savoury with good depth of flavour on the salty sweet bacon which did not overwhelm the pigeon but complimented it. Loved the garlic mash, confit shallot and the sherry vinegar caramel.Desserts did not disappoint. My wife's choice first. English custard tart, caramelised apples, sultana puree and yogurt ice cream.An ideal combination, fruity, rich, warm, cold, texture and visually exciting, a winner.Last but not least my dessert was a Baked vanilla yogurt, poached English plums and orange ice cream.So layers of flavour. Delicious sweet slightly tart orange ice cream, diced plums and orange slices. buried in the base of baked yogurt were more plums. Excellent.Now then, its fair to say that given Tim Allen's pedigree I had high expectations of this meal and thankfully we were not disappointed. All of the dishes displayed a high level of technical skill and were packed full of flavour. Portions are generous and each dish held the interest until the very end. I also feel the need to add that the value for quality is amazing. Its hard to comprehend that what is on display is from a set menu of three courses for only £23.We both relished the thought of trying more of  Tim's food and we look forward to a speedy return.Highly recommended.  Launceston Place.1 launceston placeLondon.W8 5RL02079376912 
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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 Office10

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Essential Details for Launceston Place

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Kensington
  • Price: £75.00
  • Wine: £25.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Lunch: £25 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £48/65 (3/6 courses)

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