Launceston Place

Modern European·
££££
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Launceston Place

Silver Award

When Ben Murphy first moved into Launceston Place, he made a splash with some pretty out-there ideas - emojis on the menus, chips arriving in miniature shopping trolleys, and some wild flavour combinations too. The restaurant certainly made a name for itself, but the top quality cooking was perhaps slightly lost in the feeling that it was trying a little too hard.

Launceston Place still has a formal vibe - you can expect your pristine white tablecloth to be carefully crumbed after each course, and the white/grey colour scheme feels a little staid and starchy. That said, there’s still a sense of fun, not least in the menu where you block out choices on a draughts board.

The menu is less adventurous too, but that’s no bad thing; now the gimmicks are gone, Murphy’s brilliant cooking is shining through. A pigeon starter arrives with a killer combination of burnt orange puree, foie gras and a majestic, glossy pigeon jus; each element is perfectly executed, a smart riff on a classic. The same is true of a neat tartlet of mushroom, egg yolk and Parmesan, humbly transformed into something great with a hit of yeast powder. There are other little treats here and there - a sublime little beef tartare taco with caviar, a cigar of smoked haddock mousse, and a palate-cleansing watermelon soup.

The desserts were equally accomplished, with first prize going to a magnificent white chocolate lemon, which revealed a tangy yuzu mousse within. Wine service, meanwhile, is first rate - the wine list at Launceston Place is a hefty tome, but sommelier Marcello Neri perfectly matched our wines through the night. Murphy has made no secret of his desire to change things up at Launceston Place once again - we're all in favour of this grown-up reinvention. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Launceston Place's ability to turn out stunning creations with apt pairings has gathered the modern European restaurant numerous awards, including Best Wine List in the Tatler restaurant awards. Chef patron Ben Murphy has garnered many impressive accolades himself, including Chef to Watch and Breakthrough Chef of the Year in the Good Food Guide and Food & Travel Awards respectively. Murphy joined Launceston Place from Woodford, having previously worked at multiple two and three Michelin-starred venues. His style has been described as distinctive and playful. 

The menus here only show the core ingredients, leaving guests to wonder how they will be combined until the dishes arrive. Expect unusual combinations to excite the senses, such as celeriac with mint and pecorino, turbot with courgette, thyme and Vin Jaune or venison with shiitake mushroom, quince and pine. 

Visitors can choose to go a la carte or hand the reins over by opting for the tasting menu, which offers seven courses with optional wine pairings. Keeping with the times, the restaurant also offers a vegetarian tasting menu, It would be a dishonour to describe Launceston Place without mentioning the truly artistic plating. Every single dish arrives sculpted into a different form, from apple and mint housed in a delicate chocolate cage to an arrangement of venison, chocolate and beetroot reminiscent of Stonehenge. 

The award-winning wine list is truly something to behold, spanning about 18 pages. Grape enthusiasts will be transported all over the world, with the option to choose for themselves or have pairings carefully selected by the sommelier. Classic cocktails are on offer here, from martinis to old fashioneds, as well as a cocktail of the month such as the Botanist high street sunset made with Botanist gin, Cointreau, peach juice and batak pepper. There is also a wide range of spirits and liqueurs.

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FAQs

Is there a chef's table at the restaurant?

Yes, there's a chef's table experience for up to 10 people.

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Is the restaurant tasting menu only?

No, there's a tasting menu and a set menu available.

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Who is the chef patron?

Ben Murphy, who joined the restaurant as head chef in 2017.

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Location

1a Launceston Place, Kensington, London, W8 5RL

020 7937 6912 020 7937 6912

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-15:00
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun 18:00-21:00

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38 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Anonymous

23 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Anonymous

22 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 5

Lorraine J

17 September 2023   - Verified Diner
Azing
Amazing food - loved every dish and staff were so warm and welcoming as well as knowledgeable- will def be back!!

Nicola T

09 July 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Nicola T

01 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
another excellent meal

Super food, service, ambiance and value.

Nicola T

04 September 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Always consistent and never disappoints

Always a consistently good experience. The menu doesn't change a lot but that's ok, service, food and ambiance always worth going back time and time again to enjoy!

William C

01 August 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Tasting menu is value for money

I had a tasting menu, which was quite pleasant. The restaurant is located in a nice area on Launceston Place - the inside is bright and airy - the service is just right (not too hot, not too cold). The tasting menu is overall good, tasty, and value for money - albeit the size can be a tad larger. The yuzu dessert was very a highlight to end the meal.

Rachel J

26 March 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

This restaurant is always providing excellent food service and experience!

Nicola T

06 March 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Fine dining delight at Launceston Place

Launceston Place never fails to delivery on both the food and service.  It's a joy to dine there, everything is always spot on and I'm a fussy diner!  I would  highly recommend dining at Launceston to anyone, as a bonus it is also excellent value for money.

Gary M

27 November 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Taste sensations and excellent service

Took a client who was terribly delayed. Had to phone twice to explain and finally pitched up well over an hour late. Was half expecting to get the cold shoulder from maitre d and staff but they were brilliant and really looked after us - including rustling up an odd "off menu" desert request from our client!

Food was fantastically tasty, including the mid-meal teasers - arguably more edible art than dinner! Precise menu that prevents too much dithering (I can recommend the duck with coffee sauce) with all dishes lovingly explained upon arrival.

Wine list (sorry, I mean wine encyclopaedia!) was extraordinary. Definitley something for all tastes and pockets.

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