The Cow 1

89 Westbourne Park Road , London, W2 5QH

  • The Cow London pub bar restaurant Irish
  • The Cow Notting Hill pub restaurant bar seafood London

SquareMeal Review of The Cow

In 2015, Tom Conran celebrated 20 years at The Cow by giving the place a makeover – well, the upstairs dining rooms at least. The ground-floor pub and terrace remain pleasantly scruffy, while the restaurant has been enlarged and smartened up with red leather banquettes, a matching colourful floor and quirky modern art. Thankfully there’s been no consequent hike in prices and the menu remains reassuringly unaltered wherever you eat: pâté with piccalilli, fresh soups, sausages and mash and so on. Shellfish and crustacea are the perennial stars (don’t miss the oysters and dressed crab), while daily specials ring the changes – from a trendy plate of smoked trout with fennel, samphire, orange and tarragon salad to stonking rib of beef with perky green peppercorn butter. You can order ales and Guinness in the pub, and there’s a refined wine list to choose from too.

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4.7

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.7

Atmosphere: 7.3

Value: 4.0

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

Sammy.D bronze reviewer 29 March 2010

I used to really like this place and have been going there for years but standards have really plummeted. It still has a great cosy room with plenty of atmosphere but the food is now beyond awful. Service has also suffered. my wife got food poisoning on a recent visit after eating one of the worst porchettas that can ever have been made. Truth to tell, the dish looked dicey when it came, containing mostly of chunks of liver and this for a princely sum of around 22 pounds. My food was not much better. The gratin dauphinoise appeared to have been reheated a million times and was just dry and brittle. The total bill was more than a 120 pounds for two and this was after they removed the cost of a glass of champagne which had tasted like nothing of the sort. Avoid this place until they get their act back together.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 1.0

frederic l. 10 February 2010

We have been here before and it's not what it used to be.got much worse indeed, i advise to stick to pub downstairs and stay away from upstairs restaurant since oysters are the only good thing. marinated salmon was massively oversalted,lamb was overcooked and hard ,even side orders were not cooked properly, not mentionning pathetic dessert. wine list is ok though.service is friendly. i advise to have the cook replaced as soon as possible.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

MissSushi gold reviewer 17 November 2009

You can't book a table here and it's always packed, but it's worth waiting outside, during the months with an ‘R’, when the seafood and oyster platters are at their best. The crab is always delicious too. Go with a group of friends and disregard the not so attentive service. A weekend brunch at The Cow, with a glass of wine or champagne, and then back home to take a nap, makes for a perfect sunday.

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