The Glasshouse Kew

Silver Award
13 Reviews
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Modern European

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Silver Award

Light and airy, but with a simple elegance that comes from clever, careful design, this sibling of La Trompette and Chez Bruce is the go-to destination for Kew’s smart set. It also gives its siblings a run for their money when it comes to quality, presentation and service, though it’s easier to get a table here. The menu is a showcase for seasonal British ingredients cooked with proper knowhow and an eye to the future rather than the past. The menu changes often, but you might find rich indulgence in the shape of roast duck breast with foie gras parfait and baby beets or Welsh lamb with crispy sweetbreads alongside contemporary dishes with a lighter touch: salmon and sea bream carpaccio dressed with lime and chilli or a heavenly mix of plaice, chorizo and squid, with an umami hit from anchovy dressing.  Service is “terrific” and the wine cellar is “serious, though not necessarily pricey”.

 

Good to know about The Glasshouse Kew

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Buzzy, Formal, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One michelin star
People
Romantic

Special offers from The Glasshouse Kew

Dinner: 25% Off food

From: 17 January, 2019
To: 3 May, 2019
Max: 6
25% off total food bill from 3 course set menu.
Availability: Tue-Thu 6:30PM-9:30PM

Lunch: 25% Off food

From: 17 January, 2019
To: 3 May, 2019
Max: 6
25% off total food bill from 3 course set menu.
Availability: Tue-Fri 12:30PM-2:30PM

Location for The Glasshouse Kew

14 Station Parade, Kew, TW9 3PZ

020 8940 6777

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Opening Times of The Glasshouse Kew

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm Sun 12.30-3pm 7-10pm

Reviews of The Glasshouse Kew

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Ms/Mrs. Ryder D

Imaginative and well presented food in a corner of SW London
08 March 2015
We are fans of the sister restaurant Chez Bruce and had to be in Kew one evening so thought we would try The Glasshouse. Food is similar to Chez Bruce : varied , well presented, original . Pleasant service and modern surroundings. On balance we prefer Chez Bruce as wine list is huge and varied , atmosphere is more comfortable and clientele slightly younger and less stuffy. Overall a good experience though. Need to try the 3rd restaurant in the Bruce Poole stable.
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David H

Clearly desrerves its star
21 January 2015
Our first visit today at lunch. I don't know why it's taken us so long to eat here- certainly nothing we've heard or read has created any prejudice, and we very much enjoy its sister restaurant La Trompette a time or two each year. Still, better late than never and we did both enjoy our three course lunch and bottle of Negroamaro today. Nothing we ate was less that good, uniformly presented and cooked nicely, and served by by an enthusiastic front -of-house team. We started with Jerusalem artichoke soup and a wild mushroom raviolo that, whilst pleasant, could have been better with a slightly more intense flavour of its own and a less pungency in the veg accompanying it. Main courses were Daube of beef and pot-roast pheasant, with the beef probably taking the prize. Desserts were both excellent, each of us thinking that our poached rhubarb with puree and crumble; and chocolate and orange mousse with a burnt orange ice cream was just what we wanted. Decent coffee, good bread, and timely service throughout. Altogether a good lunch. The question that consumed us during and after the meal was "Is this as good as La Trompette?" - its sibling, a couple of miles or so away in Chiswick. We both thought the Glasshouse to be just fine in absolute terms, but that La Trompette has the better, more flavoursome, food. Not by a lot, but by enough to say that we prefer it . And given that the restaurants are about as far away as each other for us, it's likely that La Trompette will see rather more of us in future. Sorry, and I can only repeat that The Glasshouse gave us a very nice lunch.
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31 March 2014
Everything was perfect and it is worth it especially with the quality of food as well as the brilliant service. Money was well spent there and I never regret it. If you're in the area and you have a bit of cash to splash, go for it and you will NOT forget the wonderful experience.
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Mr. Pratim D

The Glasshouse - a hidden gem
10 September 2013
One of the best places I have been in recent times in terms of pure taste and finess with regards to their food. This should be a michelin star restaurant. The rabbit lasagne is a must have. My grouse was cooked with amzing skill. The service was excellent and very friendly. Totally loved it and can't wait to go back.
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Ms/Mrs. Sophie J

14 October 2011
A great restaurant. It is much more English in style and a little less of a fine dining experience than its sister restaurant, La Trompette, but that does not mean to say it is any less of a restaurant. We had the a la carte menu which is incredibly reasonable at £39.95 per head for 3 courses. I chose sole paupiette to start, fillet of beef for my main course and cheese to finish. The paupiette was a little large and on the rich side for my liking but very tasty. The beef was almost sweet with flavour and accompanied by lightly fried potatoes and well cooked vegetables. Cheese has a small cover charge but is worth the extra cost; the range and quality of the cheeses on offer is very good. Service was very friendly, down to earth and subtle. My only slight gripe was the delay between our main courses being cleared away and our orders for puddings being taken. All in all, this is a restaurant with a great atmosphere, which I would recommend to anyone for any occasion and for any adult age group; well worth a drive/train journey.
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Mr. Richard C

20 August 2011
Lunch today at the glasshouse was truly memorable. Each course was presented beautifully (almost too well-presented to tug apart with knife and fork) the flavours were subtle and well thought out, the ingredients were fantastic and it was fastidiously well-prepared. Staff were friendly and incredibly efficient, despite a full and bustling house. I wish I had the money to work my way through more of the wiine list! Actually thought the food here just edges Chez Bruce. And a meal here, followed by a stroll around Kew Gardens in the sun is just great. Go.
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Mr. Peter M

08 November 2010
Made to feel special and very welcome from the time of booking to the time of leaving. Not that crowded when we went on a Sunday night and result of our visit was six very happy tummies. Do try each others plates for full enjoyment of the breathtaking menu. Starting with the three specialist breads all fresh and morish, it just keeps getting better. The staff are genuinely attentive and appreciate your feedback. If you wonder what is the best dish, the answer seemed to be all of them. The Beef was a particular delight and for those who have never tried a crispy quails egg this is your moment. Go soon, go often…
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Mr. enrico F

19 October 2010
Excellent! We decided to try this restaurant for my daughter's birthday: she is 16 now so I wanted to impress her a bit. And impressed she was! The welcome has been warm and friendly. The advice about the menu detailed and enthousiastic (after they spoke about the menu we wanted to try everything!). The italian sommelier has been very very helpful and overall we had excellent service (attentive but not oppressive) along excellent food. They even offered my daughter a special little dessert for her birthday! Definitely they will see us again..and again, since we still have to try all the other great dishes in the menu! Enrico F.
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Mr. Ben C

20 April 2010
My wife and i visted the Glasshouse for the first time on Saturday evening. The interior is pleasantly and stlylishly minimal without attempting to be ‘chic’. More appealing is the size – how nice to find a restaurant on the smaller size that isnt trying to service as many covers as possible. The table spacing is just about comfortable, helped by the buzz of a full restaurant – but could benefit by the sacrifice of a couple of tables. We were met by a warm and genuine welcome which set the tone for the evening. We both thought the service was truly first class – professional, warm, discreet and timely. As good as any 3* restuaurant i've visted. Thus things were set up perfectly from the start. The menu doesnt disappoint with a good variety of fish, game, and meat. Choice for vegetarians is limited but pescatarians will be happy. Allow some time for browsing the wine list if you're a keen vino fan – there's plenty of interesting choices – with a price range to suit most. Ultimately it was the food that we came for and we werent disappointed. Starters of seared tuna and a leaf salad were wonderful – in both cases winning combinations of different favours and textures. I opted for daube of beef for mains. The beef was very tender and full of flavour complimented by a rich and sticky reduction. Like most men i eyed up my wife's food with great interest. The halibut appeared to be perfectly cooked and judging by her reaction it was. Desserts were equally appetising- a surprinsingly light sticky toffee pudding and if cheese is your thing then you're going to love the expansive Cheese board. All in a all – great food, great service and good ambience. Definitely on the list for future visits.
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Ms/Mrs. Tricia A

10 April 2010
We were torn between Chez Bruce (1 previous visit for lunch) and The Glasshouse (no previous!) opted for the new and more local expreince which turned out to be a very good choice. Warmly greeted, excellent choice of food that was tasty as well as beautifully presented; service was just a tad slow between courses but the staff were friendly and helpful particularly when choosing wine and later dessert. We liked the non pretensious style generally and I really liked that spoons as well as knives were brought for the starter and main therefore I did not have to ‘lick the plate’ to enjoy every last drop of the wonderful sauce of the sea bass crab and mussel starter and later the ‘Beouf’. GORGEOUS. Overall the experience was good value for money and would have been more so without the wine, but for us this enhanced the enjoyment of lovely food. We will definately return and would take and reccomend friends
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