Maggie Jones's 1

6 Old Court Place , London, W8 4PL

10 reviews

43 British Kensington

  • Maggie Jones s restaurant bar London Kensington
  • Maggie Jones s restaurant bar London Kensington

SquareMeal Review of Maggie Jones's

With its hotchpotch of trinkets, high-backed antique pews, wicker baskets, dried flowers and dripping candles in wine bottles, redoubtable Maggie Jones’s looks like a set from a Richard Curtis film – although the food “feels like it predates Four Weddings and a Funeral”. Appropriately, the kitchen plays it straight, and the cooking is old-school British to the core – think asparagus with vinaigrette, steak and kidney pie or stuffed roast chicken with bread sauce. Fish fans might go for grilled salmon with hollandaise and there’s game in season too, while old-fashioned desserts could feature Cambridge burnt cream, apple crumble or bread-and-butter pudding. French house wine is served from a magnum, and diners are merely charged for what they drink – a cute touch. Added to that, Maggie’s “friendly prices”, set deals and easy-going charms ensure regular full houses.

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6.3

Food & Drink: 6.8

Service: 7.2

Atmosphere: 8.4

Value: 5.7

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Helen D. 27 July 2011

We've lived here for 2 years and have only just discovered Maggie Jones. Excellent food and lovely atmosphere – highly recommend it!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

mamma niamh silver reviewer 03 March 2011

Go for the lunch menu Thats value for money Escape the hoards of shoppers on Ken High Street and duck into this nook and cranny of a place. Perfect for spies and/or affairs. The service is fab and accomodating but there's no denying the touch of yesteryear about this place. It feels like a coaching inn place my parents used to take us to for a ‘fancy meal out’ Lunch menu offers soup and a salad for £10. French onion soup was warming and tasty and highly calorific with the melted cheese toastie on top. The chicken and avocado salad scrimped on neither ingredient. Seemed to be lots of tourists on the day we visited or maybe just ex-pat europeans who seem to have taken over most of W8/W11

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Stuart F. 10 January 2011

Great atmosphere, service and food. This is a very friendly restaurant and they couldn't do enough to make sure we were comfortable and very well fed. For such a large 3 course lunch I'm amazed at how low the bill was. I'm certainly going again.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 13 October 2010

A great place full romance, originality and charm. Not similar to anything else in London other than its sibling La Poule au Pot on the Chelsea / Pimlico boarder. The food is hearty and well executed and the service and atmosphere is spot on. It is not cheap by any standards, but it is a place which is not about value. It is about experience and taking one's time.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Emily M. 29 September 2010

Maggie Jones is absolutely my favourite restaurant. I have probably eaten there at least 30 times, and had countless birthdays/romantic dinners there. I love the food – which is classic British/European – and always delicious. I love everything from vegetables in vinaigrette, baskets of fresh squidgy bread, the carafs of house wine to the way the coffee is served in mismatched household china, accompanied by huge jugs of milk and bowls of crystallized sugar. The decor is what gives the restaurant character. I personally love the old wallpaper and baskets of dried flowers along with the bass pots and pans that hang from the ceiling. Yes, it's form an era. It feels very 1950s, and this is what sets itself aside from the other restaurants. I especially love to sit in the booths and have dinner by candlelight. It feels private and romantic. The service is laid back. It's where you go with hours to spare in the evening it is not somewhere you would want to go for a quick meal anyway! and the servers are always very welcoming and polite, not overly attentive – but that suits me anyway. It isn't cheap but the portions are enormous, i often share a main main with side orders. Definitely i place i would recommend going!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Gail S. 18 April 2010

The place is very sweet. Its style and decor is very laid back and the ambience is top notch, the light is perfect and for such a small restaurant you do feel like its quite intimate. The service was absolutely spot on the waiters where lovely and polite and efficient in all areas. The food was about average. The potted prawns where a very small portion but tasted good. The veg risotto was lovely though not to mention the bread and the chocolate pot. I would probably go back. Decent value for money. Not the best food in the world but the menu was good and cant let the place down because there werent enough prawns on the starter. Would recommend it for a nice evening out.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 1.0

Restaurant Bitch 26 March 2010

Boring, stodgy food (I could make much better at home). Wine ‘by consumption’ is quite fun though (from huge bottles they mark the line on). Service ok. Atmosphere lovely – the best thing about the place, and probably why it continues to do well in spite of its other many failings.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

David M. 22 March 2010

Maggie Jones is an excellent place for an intimate, friendly meal – a stark contrast to the glaringly-lit warehouses that pass for most restaurants. Great to catch up with a friend without the intrusion, noise and bustle of interfering waiters and braying businessmen on neighbouring tables. The starter of Stilton mousse is to die for. Perhaps, reading other comments, it's not for the food snobs or the penny pinchers but as an oasis of calm, relaxation and good food in the middle of Kensington, I thoroughly recommend it.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 0.0

food f. 01 November 2009

Maggie Jones's is a terrible restaurant. The decor and staff are passable if you want to eat in a pastiche of a sixties restaurant. The food, however, is shocking in both its quality and price. I really felt that I was being ripped off at every moment. My potted shrimps were not in a pot and the dish mainly consisted of loads of toast with a few unseasoned brown shrimps. The saddle of lamb was just shy of £20 and overcooked (it was sent back). To pay this amount for a piece of lamb unadorned on a plate is bad enough but then you have to pay nearly £4 for side dishes which included tinned peas with bacon. Apparently they are special tinned peas!! This means for a main course with two veg you are paying nearly £30. Pudding was hardly worth mentioning. If you feel like paying £70 – £80 per head on a meal why not go to Le Cafe Anglais for a properly cooked and cared for meal and leave this place to the tourists.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

carmen c. 06 December 2008

it was THE most terrible dinning experience for us: 1) we made reservation, but had to wait for a long time although we were there on time. 2) there was NO service what so ever at the beginning: no water, no silverware, no one ask what you want 3) the waiters there were relatively rude and unhappy, you hear them complaining about things, smash dishes (on your table) tried their best to ignore you 4) service later on turned in a nighmare when i asked for a clean plate: first the waiter was angry about my request, then he gave me the dirty serving plate under a pot that was served to our table, as my eating plate. also, the waiter did not know how to set table, as he gave me 3 knives, no forks; and gave my boyfriend 2 forks, no knives. 5) the waiter also became arguementative when we asked the manager for a fair treatment.

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