The KPH

Gastropub, Modern European·
££££
·
Bronze Award
London, W10 6HJ·Website·Call020 7199 7240

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Bronze Award

Your first impression of the KPH might be that it looks like any other old-school west London pub – the kind of place you’d expect to find a group of Ladbroke Grove locals reminiscing about the good old days before Notting Hill was taken over by bankers. Too late, fellas! Instead you’ll find suits finishing up the working day on their laptops over pints and almost 20 wines by the glass.

You could take this either as a sign that even the northern end of Notting Hill has been gentrified beyond recognition, or as evidence that a recent refurb and a kitchen now overseen by chef Henry Harris have transformed the former Kensington Park Hotel into a drinking and dining destination for a new generation of pub-goer.

The ground-floor bar has been given a classic-with-a-twist new look. Red and navy leather bar stools sit around dark wood high tables while a chalkboard above the fireplace announces upcoming live music performances.

A narrow staircase leads to the first-floor dining room, where the decor pays homage to the pub’s former life with plush red-leather seating, another original fireplace and vintage-style light fixtures. Quirky framed photos and paintings add the right amount of character to the intimate space.

The menu showcases the Anglo-French cooking that will be familiar to anyone who ever ate at Racine, Harris’ much-missed restaurant on Brompton Road. Our meal began with macerated tomatoes and anchovies. The sweetness of the oil-doused tomatoes, the saltiness of the fleshy anchovies plus the subtle tanginess of capers was a simple and well-judged assembly of texture and flavour.

Our next course of octopus carpaccio arrived a little too quickly, but we had no complaints when it tasted this good. Paper-thin slices of subtly flavoured octopus lay underneath a bed of sweet gem lettuce, the flavours pulled together by the savouriness of a pistachio purée. To follow, melt-in the-mouth lamb rump with a smooth almond purée and sweet grelot onion had us planning a return trip for Sunday lunch.

Desserts were the only thing that failed to impress. Crème caramel was too sweet to finish, while a chocolate tart topped with Chantilly cream was let down by too-thick pastry, though the chocolate filling was spot on.

From the first dates and girly catch ups to the blokey birthday group who made up our fellow diners, this already looks like a new local favourite. With a varied four-course menu, fantastic service and a great location, KPH should be initialed in anyone’s Notting Hill address book.

 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Gastropub, Modern European
Ambience
Lively, Romantic
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Live music / dancing, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic
Food Hygiene Rating

About The KPH

On the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Lancaster Road, you’ll find The KPH, a historic landmark that recently had life breathed back into it. The multi-storey building has reopened its ground-floor pub and has a dining room on the first floor. 

The old building’s features have been reinvigorated through brand new interiors; the space has soft blue walls which mix patterned wallpaper with navy blue wooden panelling. Find black framed photographs and artworks dotted around the room with on-trend light fixtures adding a chic element. You'll also find buttoned red leather sofas, metal and leather bar stools and tiled floors highlighting the building’s history and vintage foundations. The bar still preserves its elegant aesthetic with wooden panelling, classic beer taps and old-school shelving, working well alongside the KPH’s other antique-inspired attributes, such as the carved fireplace.

The KPH is known for being one of the oldest live music venues in London that has been around since the 1860s. In its heyday, you would have heard Tom Jones, who played here before his star went supernova and even the Clash’s Mick Jones named it as his favourite spot. The musical past has been brought back to the fore with weekend opening hours being extended to 1am, so let the music play!

The menu also has had some pizzazz added to it, now boasting an Anglo-French selection of seasonally changing dishes crafted by critically acclaimed chefs. Start the experience by shucking a Cumbrae rock oyster or enjoy cured beef, endive and mustard. Come mains, you can tuck into the lamb rump with smoked aubergine, anchovy and grelot onion or the crepe parmentier. There is also roast Aylesbury duck with fennel and peach to try, or choose the grilled mackerel and horseradish. Round things off with a crème caramel.  

Location for The KPH

139 Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 6HJ

020 7199 7240

Website

Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 09:00-01:00
Sat 09:00-01:00
Sun 12:00-22:30

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