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Wunderkind chef Ben Murphy seemed to win every award going in 2016 at his suburban east London restaurant The Woodford. Now he has swapped TOWIE for, if not quite Made in Chelsea, then ‘Straight Outta South Ken’, taking over the head chef role at Launceston Place. Princess Di’s favourite restaurant has, since 2007, become one of the jewels of the D&D London portfolio. The restaurant group must be hoping Murphy can win back the Michelin star that left with chef Tim Allen in 2015 and early omens are good. Murphy is an ambitious, talented young chef who has worked in some of the world’s most lauded kitchens, from Epicure in Paris to Eleven Madison Park in New York. Much of the three-course à la carte (£55) appears on the eight-course tasting menu (£70), which kicks off with a Jammie Dodger biscuit (red pepper replacing strawberry jam) and ends with a homemade Wall’s Solero (mango and coconut flavour). In between, it thrills with the likes of a deeply sweet and savoury monkfish teamed with banana, onion and red wine; a generous portion of lobster sharply contrasted with yuzu, fennel and coriander; and melt-in-the-mouth presa ibérica pork and properly crisp crackling. Some of the combinations might sound far-fetched, but Murphy’s handling of robust flavour is never less than sure-footed and his presentation is among the prettiest we’ve seen. The elegant beige and brown setting is unlikely to set pulses racing quite as much as the food, but polished service is spot on and the superb wine list has the depth required to match cooking of this calibre.


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Launceston Place
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Launceston Place

1a Launceston Place ,London W8 5RL

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Prewtty much everything a one-start restaurant should be

by   platinum reviewer (94)

Mar 2015

Our first visit today at a reasonably busy lunchtime. Its very pleasantly situated in perhaps the most "villagey" part of Kensington and the pleasant walk from Ken High Street or from Gloucester Road will raise you expectations. And indeed everything we ate today was nicely cooked, carefully presented, and the variety of tastes and textures from individual ingredients was clearly perceptible. So good quality cooking here, and if the food doesn't quite have the sheer intensity...

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David H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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by   platinum reviewer (108)

Jan 2013

Slight note of caution – on a good day you will have a fantastic dinner at this lovely restaurant tucked away in Kensington. On a bad day service and kitchen can be overwhelmed and you'll have to wait. However, food quality is outstanding and atmosphere great. Also great for a romantic evening out

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 7

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by   (1)

Mar 2012

Our visit to Launceston Place in March 2012 was a memorable one. The food was excellent and the service was unobtrusive but attentive. The decor is really classy but not over the top meaning we felt really comfotable from the start. Unfortunately the taster menu was not available nor was the pigeon (or there would have been more 10's) but the fried hen's egg and the scallops were lovely, the beef cut like butter and lemon sole with shrimps was the best we have tasted. It is pricey but worth it...

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

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by   gold reviewer (40)

May 2011

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I want to be calamitous about a review every now and then because I think – in my fusspot way – that nothing is ever perfect or altogether up to scratch. Restaurants, like human beings, are meant to fail and disappoint occasionally, then pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and progress forward with a lesson learnt. It’s a struggle however to fail Launceston Place, as when I visited it delivered sublime results and ticked boxes across the board. The corridor coils around the restaurant and seats...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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May 2011

Allthough Mr Walsh was not in the kichen during my visit, his deputised head chef and team oversaw a wonderfull service on the day The homebaked bread with the herb butter was utterly delicious, as far as I could see most of the dinners were eating from the set lunch menu which is incredibly good value considering the quality of the food The onglet of rose veal was drop dead meltingly gorgeous and I know from comments of other diners I was not the only person to think so, the sommellier was very...

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

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by   bronze reviewer (10)

Nov 2010

went to lunch here with 2 friends – its better atmosphere at dinner however lunch was good. The 3 course set lunch is good value, the starters were average , beetroot risotto was in fact not risotto just thinly sliced/chopped beetroot – and the duck egg was not quite right, not cooked. The mains were good and the service was quick and efficient if a little impersonal. Wine list was wide spread and inclusive – desserts were nice (toffee pudding – was good) – 2 bottles of wine and the 3 courses came...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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by   (4)

Jul 2010

The awkward shape of the dining floor makes it hit-and-miss between a good table and an awful table. Service lacks the attention to detail that you would expect for the price bracket. Chef seems to try a little too hard to be creative leaving the end result lacking in balance in some dishes. Wine struck me as over priced. Whilst being a pleasant evening if it is your local haunt, I would prefer more consitancy in table qualtity and service before I would be happy to make an effort to eat here.

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 4

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Jul 2010

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Launceston Place has been on my list of restaurants to visit for ages, so when my parents visited from New Zealand I thought this would be the perfect time. They are not used to fine dining but they were made to feel completely at ease the second they walked through the door. The restaurant has such an elegant feel and perfect for a long lunch. The staff were immediately friendly and curteous. Whilst my parents went for £20 lunch menu (amazing value) I opted for the dinner menu as scallops are my...

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

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Jun 2010

I visited Launceston Place today for lunch with a close friend, and sadly neither of us came away impressed. The bread was bland and did not taste particularly fresh, the double cooked crisps served to start with needed a dip of some kind to compliment them, the amuse bouche was essentially frozen yogurt that was sadly uninspired in either taste or concept, the flavour of the truffles added to the duck egg on toast completely overpowered the rest of the dish, the main course of duck confit was...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 3

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    Launceston Place is a well-established Michelin-starred restaurant, beloved of many food bloggers. My foodie friend Tirthankar and I decided to try out chef Tim Allen’s food recently.
    We arrived on a damp, drizzly and overcast London evening and it was a welcome relief to step into the restaurant. The decor is classy and formal with many diners dressed for a special occasion.
    As is our habit, Tirthankar and I went with the tasting menu. It’s a chance to eat more dishes and let the chef serve his best dishes.
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  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: Kensington
  • Price: £75.00
  • Wine: £25.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Lunch: £25 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £55/70 (3/6 courses)
  • Private Dining: 10

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