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|Address:||127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ|
|Tel:||020 7792 9090|
|Price: £76.00||Wine: £30.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-2pm (Sun -2.30pm) Mon-Sat 6.30-10.30pm Sun 7-10pm|
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Came to the Ledbury from out of town on the recommendation of friends. And wow. What a recommendation. We don't eat at this level in England very often and in our neck of the woods consider le manoir to be the benchmark of excellence.
Until yesterday. We were first in for lunch on the dot of midday and had it not been for a 3pm table of two would have been the last out. If much-loved wife hadn't insisted on some shopping I would probably still be there now.
Everything was beyond repproach. The welcome, the table, cleanliness, the staff, and of course the food and service. Several things stood out for me. Each of them I guess are things you expect at this level but to get them ALL correct is rare indeed. Firstly I expected being the first seated that we would maybe be a little rushed through with our tasting menu. (talking to the kitchen afterwards we were the only table on tasting). But the timing from start to finish was perfect. The food was sublime and just did not miss on any course. My chablis was decanted (without it being requested) and served at a proper temperature. Almost unheard of nowadays. WELL DONE SOMMELIER. Staff were engaging and smiley without ever being intrusive. At no time did we have to wait for any top ups but again noone hoverred. A couple of additional menu requests were dealt with (as in the chance to try a couple of bits off the carte) and no additional charge was made. And to top it all off the sous chef chatted for a good 20 minutes with us afterwards whilst the rest of the kitchen brigade tore around getting ready for dinner service.
I'm a no spring chicken and both my wife and I have been in love with food and drink for the best part of 30 years. This is the best lunch we have eaten in this country in all that time and ranks a very very close third to Troisgros and Fontjeancouse on our all time list. Well done all of you. You thoroughly deserve your success. Long may it continue.
John & Julia
The Leatherne Bottel