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2 Farmer Street
A true chippie, Geales may put vinegar shakers on its white-clothed tables but smart staff, busy place settings and leather banquettes are a timely reminder of the chi-chi neighbourhood it serves.
Large plate-glass windows and seafaring photography chime with a menu that gives fish and chips top billing – expect crunchy batter, ample fillets of cod or haddock and big helpings of crisp but
fluffy chips. The kitchen also knocks out some no-nonsense Brit classics ranging from deep-fried calamari rings and fish pie to tumblers of prawn cocktail jazzed up with rocket and avocado, while
puds are mostly calorific nursery fodder – although you might find room for a cleansing homemade sorbet (blood orange and passion fruit). The wine list is tilted towards whites, and prices are fair
for this well-to-do neighbourhood.
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2 Farmer Street
020 7727 7528
Notting Hill Gate Tube Station 25m
Queensway Tube Station 624m
The Gate Cinema 30m
The Coronet Cinema Notting Hill Gate 64m
Tues-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Fri 6-10.30pm Sat-Sun 12N-10.30pm (Sun -9.30pm)
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Rate & Review
Food + drink: 1
A quaint looking restaurant from the outside, but go in and smell the chip fat. Try to order anything but Battered Cod and Chips and you will be disappointed. No sole when we visited so Cod or Haddock only or Belly Pork – yum. They were reasonably busy on the Friday night when we visited, but seemed under staffed as could not get any attention. Also the waxed table cloths and vinegar shakers I guess are trying to add to the upmarket chippie, but add the wobbly table that we had and may as well have been at my local CodFathers and saved £50.
Poor value, Slow Service, Average Food.
Food + drink: 3
Bad value for money
I visited this restaurant recently with a friend. Although I enjoyed the food everything was quite expensive. I paid £85 for 2 salads, fish platter, bottle of water and 2 glasses of house wine, including £10 service charge, not mentioned in the menu. I consider this too high a price for a place where service and atmosphere are below average and my expectations.
Conclusion – really bad value for money.
Food + drink: 2
Geale's, nestled between the über-wealthy Kensington (W8) and Notting Hill (W11) have, to put it briefly, devised a magic forumula which should be studied by economically-minded sociologists: “How to turn simple, average fish and chips with mediocre side dishes and a few bottles of wine for four persons into a £300 meal?”. It also spells out as “Arrogance + Ignorance X Location”. The only (remotely) justifiable part of the equation is “Location”, as yes it is handily located off Notting Hill Gate, but the rest is simply shocking. These are the kind of restaurants which give Lonodon gastronomy a bad name among visitors. Geale's was a Kensington stalwart until it was overhauled and then hyped-up. It now sports minimalist black-and-white decor and has lost all of its original charm. What a pity. And if one is after a good (and be it pricey) meal in this neck of the woods there are plenty of options. To avoid. No, better: run!
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