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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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I'm doing so here because we felt that things have changed since we last visited a year ago. Then, I remarked that we ate probably our best meal at the Ledbury, and that the food reached a standard that few others could match. We turned up again yesterday with our expectations high.
In reality most things were the same. The place hadn't changed much if at all ( though The Ledbury is not about overt luxury). The service was pleasant and very well timed. The breads , coffees, petits fours and so on were all very good and as we recalled. The things that were different this time were the menus and the food.
The lunchtime offer now consists of a four course, zero choice set meal at £45 or a four course meal with choice at £80. Last year there was choice (if I remember on all courses of the set lunch) and most other restaurants we visit do offer choice. But of course its not just a question of choice or no choice- its a matter of what they actually offer. Frankly the selection on offer yesterday didn't look terribly interesting.
Now on many occasions we've eaten food in quality restaurants where the delivery was very much better than the description. Sadly, yesterday at the Ledbury wasn't one of those days and whilst some of the courses outperformed the others, its fair to say that for us, none of them shone, and real flavour and intensity was absent. And the first course- of beetroot with a smidgeon of smoked eel too small to make an impression on the dish- was really rather dull. This wasn't what we expected at all, and overall what we ate yesterday was less enjoyable than what we've eaten at several 1* restaurants in the last three months. such as Pollen Street Social, Kitchen W8 , Dabbous , and I could go on.
Our bill for set lunch for two , a pleasant bottle from the lower end of the list-good sommelier btw- coffee and service came to just shy of £160. I can eat lunch pretty much anywhere in London for that , and certainly I have to question the value for what we ate yesterday. For the quality we enjoyed a year ago, value would not be called into question
Go back? Probably yes because of the food we've had there in the past and we know this kitchen is capable of more. I'd rather see the resumption of choice on the lunch menu though- it just reduces the risk of a recurrence and allows the customer to share the risk with the restaurant.