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Gold Award

It may live and breathe “effortlessly smooth” old-school affluence, but Brett Graham’s über-suave two-Michelin-starred powerhouse feels more like an inclusive neighbourhood destination – albeit one with arty tortoiseshell chandeliers, leather chairs, judiciously placed mirrors and every seat “well-positioned” for maximum comfort. As a vision of white-walled chic, it’s very soothing – although one fan thinks that the whole package “takes decadence to a whole new level”.  

Locals, tourists and perambulating foodies make a beeline for The Ledbury in search of brilliantly inventive, palate-challenging cuisine from a chef who cooks with extraordinary precision, authority and more than a dash of audacious brio. The kitchen’s form never dips, and the results are “simply divine” – although we always defer to the tasting menus for “superlative satisfaction”.

Our samplings are invariably top-drawer, but readers also have much to cheer about: Cumbrian veal tartare dressed with grilled artichoke oil, horseradish and a morsel of truffle-sprinkled beef fat on toast; smoked and dried eel served with clay-baked ‘candy’ beetroot and English caviar (“a masterstroke”); monkfish cleverly teamed with orange and a superb pumpkin and shellfish purée; a “sensational” sanguine-hued dish of Chinese water deer (“sourced from Norfolk”) with smoked bone marrow, pickled beetroot cream, quince and red leaves.

Meals are bookended and interspersed with a cavalcade of “little wonders”, while incredible desserts might bring brown sugar tart with stem-ginger ice cream or ‘mara de bois’ strawberries partnered by rose jelly and ewe’s milk sorbet.

Service is “doting” but never suffocating, and every member of staff is “enthusiastic and well-schooled” (right down to the tiniest detail); it’s also worth consulting one of the knowledgeable sommeliers if you want to get the best from the endlessly fascinating wine list. It may be at “the top end of the scale” when it comes to price, but The Ledbury is quite simply “out of this world”.

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
Two michelin stars
People
Romantic, Special occasions, Special occasions

Location for The Ledbury

127 Ledbury Road, London, London, W11 2AQ

020 7792 9090

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Opening Times

Wed-Sun 12N-2pm Mon-Sun 6.30-9.45pm

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Paul A

Only two stars? You must be joking!
05 September 2018  
Not for the first time we came away from The Ledbury purring with delight. The quality of the setting, the staff, the food and the wine is just so superb, and we find ourselves running out of superlatives to describe the whole dining experience - this is the complete package! The outstanding canapés and amuse-bouche set the standard for the whole meal, and every single dish was simply exceptional. Lava bread crisp with mussel cream started it all off, a guinea fowl puff with mint jelly, a warm smoked eel cigar with celeriac pancake and caviar, and the lightest of crumpets with brown crab butter, brought us to the first of the outstanding starters - tomato sorbet with lobster claw meat, seaweed and cold tomatoes. This was followed by fresh hazelnuts with green bean salad, peach and shavings of chicken liver parfait, then Cumbrian veal tartare, curd cheese sauce, artichoke, crunchy beef fat and parmesan toast, an indescribably satisfying mouthful, and finally, before the fish courses, warm bantam’s egg with mushroom croutons, celeriac, a touch of Arbois wine and truffle. Roasted Cornish cod with a restrained honey glaze, dashi jelly and radishes had us smacking our lips and then heavenly lobster wrapped lovingly in shiitake and served with a wafer and a pea purée with a touch of lemon followed. Meaty hen of the woods mushroom was pointed up with a potato emulsion, a trompette powder, rosemary and garlic oil and this paved the way for truly memorable guinea fowl with sweetcorn, girolles, lemon thyme and a mushroom foam. The intriguing pre-dessert was blood peach with anise hyssop redolent of liquorice, peach kernel and olive oil, and we finished with a brown sugar mousse tart with stem ginger ice cream and cherry coulis which provided a perfect light finish to a formidably good meal. Only two stars? You must be joking!
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Paul A

Up with the very best
05 January 2018  
At The Ledbury everything from beginning to end is effortlessly smooth and classy with an easy professionalism that other restaurants could learn from. The welcome is properly welcoming, the dining room exemplary with the right amount of space between tables to ensure comfort and inspire a pleasing ambience, the food is uniformly top-notch throughout the meal and full of the wow-factor with the little touches that can lift the dishes above and beyond what one might expect simply from the description in the menu, and the wines chosen to match the food are superior to those found at other venues supposedly on a level with The Ledbury. Every single member of the staff is enthusiastic and well-schooled, recognising the merits of their place of work and instinctively knowing just what to do and how to do it to ensure the diner feels relaxed yet respected, and they all glory in the opportunity to give the customer a marvellous, complete dining experience. The kitchen was certainly in the great form we expected, from the terrific canapés, guinea fowl mint jelly, cheese puff with game jelly and muntjac ball with pho-style brioche and crispy shallot, to the excellent petits fours, including a super light cinnamon cigarette. These little wonders parenthesised a superlative series of dishes which emphasised the chef’s skills, balancing ingredients, tastes, textures and creative presentation to leave the diner wanting to start the meal all over again. The combination of sea bream tartare, oyster Chantilly and grated English wasabi and wasabi leaf was simply outstanding, as was the Cumbrian veal tartare with its grilled artichoke oil, horseradish, and beef fat on toast with truffle sprinkle. We love smoked eel, and serving it with clay-baked white beetroot and English caviar was a master stroke, which was followed by a very special version of a cooked breakfast in the form of a bantam egg with dried ham, celeriac, truffle and a hint of Arbois. The first of the main dishes provided a real surprise, as it was the first time we had ever had monkfish with orange, which, with the superb pumpkin and shellfish purée, made for a completely new and utterly delicious variation on one of our favourite fish. Another favourite of ours, the hen of the woods mushroom, was cleverly barbecued and accompanied by some superlative pork temple and crackling and completed with potato emulsion and finished with rosemary. The saddle of Chinese water deer, surprisingly sourced from Norfolk, with smoked bone marrow, pickled beetroot cream, beetroot, quince and red leaves was sensational, and we finished our brilliant meal with an incredibly light Christmas tart wallowing in what seemed to be a Glühwein sauce and orange and cardamom ice cream. Anywhere across the Channel, The Ledbury would have three Michelin stars.
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Paul A

Up with the very best
05 January 2018  
At The Ledbury everything from beginning to end is effortlessly smooth and classy with an easy professionalism that other restaurants could learn from. The welcome is properly welcoming, the dining room exemplary with the right amount of space between tables to ensure comfort and inspire a pleasing ambience, the food is uniformly top-notch throughout the meal and full of the wow-factor with the little touches that can lift the dishes above and beyond what one might expect simply from the description in the menu, and the wines chosen to match the food are superior to those found at other venues supposedly on a level with The Ledbury. Every single member of the staff is enthusiastic and well-schooled, recognising the merits of their place of work and instinctively knowing just what to do and how to do it to ensure the diner feels relaxed yet respected, and they all glory in the opportunity to give the customer a marvellous, complete dining experience. The kitchen was certainly in the great form we expected, from the terrific canapés, guinea fowl mint jelly, cheese puff with game jelly and muntjac ball with pho-style brioche and crispy shallot, to the excellent petits fours, including a super light cinnamon cigarette. These little wonders parenthesised a superlative series of dishes which emphasised the chef’s skills, balancing ingredients, tastes, textures and creative presentation to leave the diner wanting to start the meal all over again. The combination of sea bream tartare, oyster Chantilly and grated English wasabi and wasabi leaf was simply outstanding, as was the Cumbrian veal tartare with its grilled artichoke oil, horseradish, and beef fat on toast with truffle sprinkle. We love smoked eel, and serving it with clay-baked white beetroot and English caviar was a master stroke, which was followed by a very special version of a cooked breakfast in the form of a bantam egg with dried ham, celeriac, truffle and a hint of Arbois. The first of the main dishes provided a real surprise, as it was the first time we had ever had monkfish with orange, which, with the superb pumpkin and shellfish purée, made for a completely new and utterly delicious variation on one of our favourite fish. Another favourite of ours, the hen of the woods mushroom, was cleverly barbecued and accompanied by some superlative pork temple and crackling and completed with potato emulsion and finished with rosemary. The saddle of Chinese water deer, surprisingly sourced from Norfolk, with smoked bone marrow, pickled beetroot cream, beetroot, quince and red leaves was sensational, and we finished our brilliant meal with an incredibly light Christmas tart wallowing in what seemed to be a Glühwein sauce and orange and cardamom ice cream. Anywhere across the Channel, The Ledbury would have three Michelin stars.
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Mr. Lloyd S

Amazing Lunch
23 October 2016  
What an amazing lunch the food was fantastic with such an array of flavours in some really clever dishes especially the beetroot & aubergine all matched with an excellent choice of wines . The staff are so friendly & professional everything you could want from a Two Michelin Star restaurant
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Mr. Lloyd S

Amazing Lunch
22 October 2016  
What an amazing lunch the food was fantastic with such an array of flavours in some really clever dishes especially the beetroot & aubergine all matched with an excellent choice of wines . The staff are so friendly & professional everything you could want from a Two Michelin Star restaurant
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Paul A

Top class
12 August 2016  
There are four two-star restaurants that we think are worthy of promotion, and The Ledbury certainly figures in that number. The welcome, the relaxed expertise of the front-of-house staff, the attention to detail, an example of which is the check carried out on what the customer ate on previous occasions with a view to varying any dishes on the menu if required, the perfect set-up of the dining room and the culinary genius of the kitchen all provide an example of how things ought to be done. Imaginatively presented delicious nibbles, a seaweed crisp with smoked mussel crème, foie gras puff with mead jelly, the signature Muntjac dumpling, and grilled cuttlefish with garlic cream, preceded the stunning starters. Not for the first time at the Ledbury we were purring with pleasure at the way picture-perfect dishes were matched by sensational combinations of tastes and textures: pineapple ribbed tomatoes, crab, tomato sorbet and jelly, crab crisp and flower leaf decoration - basically simple but brilliant; white peach, green bean salad with grated foie gras and raw and roasted almonds and green beans - almost vegetarian but really satisfying; steamed romanesque with a parmesan crisp, smoked mussels and a shellfish sauce and basil - sensational. Lobster always goes down well with us and the Ledbury version, exemplary tail wrapped in shiitake and contrasted with macadamia nuts and sauce just showed a serious appreciation of how to get the best out of an ingredient that is becoming almost too common in decent restaurants. The fish course was John Dory perfectly roasted to bring out the texture, fennel, elderflower and a lemon and fennel sauce, and this was followed by “aged” (presumably hung rather than just old) pigeon, a dish which really got the most from the bird with tender breast, powerful confit leg, heart and wing with bacon, Australian truffle, a selection of mushrooms, sweet sweetcorn and sweetcorn purée and a gorgeous meat sauce - a triumph which demonstrated that it’s not all about stacks of vegetables on the side, something emphasised by the juicy Herdwick lamb chop and neck accompanied by white aubergine which had been glazed with black tea to intensify its flavour and olives. A very interesting palate cleanser in the form of frozen gooseberries, doughnuts and clover custard led onto the dessert, a splendid strawberry tartlet with violet ice cream and strawberry sorbet - a fitting end to a wonderful summer feast.
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Paul A

Top-notch from beginning to end
26 January 2016  
The Ledbury It is really reassuring to know that you can rely on some restaurants to deliver an inspiring dining experience, and The Ledbury, which has long been on our elite list, will continue to be so while it achieves such a high level of gourmet satisfaction, and manages to keep the damage to its customers’ bank balance to a level which is very reasonable by comparison with certain other two-star undertakings in London, something that was mirrored by the fact that it was full to overflowing and even turning tables, and this on a Wednesday evening in a dead month like January. The utterly charming welcome was a foretaste of the ultimate in relaxed professionalism typical of the front of house staff so ably directed by Darren and Sam and well backed up by Seamus, the knowledgeable new sommelier, and Martin, our waiter. The one problem with The Ledbury is trying to pick a favourite dish. Take the canapés, for example - the guinea fowl puffs with mint jelly and the smoked mussel crème with perfect crackers were both top-notch, but the muntjac dumplings were just hot venison heaven. Then the natural sweetness of clay-baked candy beetroot slices was modified by the amazing Exmoor caviar to become an ideal match for the smoked, dried eel. Our ravings about that dish were then cut short by stunning Chinese artichokes combining with ham and grated foie gras in a wonderful grape sauce. How could we choose between the two? No time to dwell on such things though because the next dish was Brett Graham’s take on ham and eggs, which was redolent of truffle as it came to the table and the super tasty bantam’s egg was transfigured in conjunction with its celeriac and truffle partners. Then, when we thought it couldn’t possibly get better, came another memorable winner - soft, flavoursome lobster tail wrapped in Shiitake with sea purslane and pine nuts bathing in a wonderful lobster and sherry vinegar sauce, simply delicious; the second helping of lobster was a really clever dish of pulled claw meat contrasted with roasted cauliflower and a light parmesan crisp which went perfectly with the lobster. Even the set-up for the main was a joy with mushroom shavings giving off a terrific nose and prunes with a lovely partridge and foie gras stuffing, and crunchy bacon providing a just level of texture. We were still mulling over what to choose as our favourite dish as the muntjac was put before us, a feast of perfectly pink venison, the two generous cylinders of meat prominent on the plate amid our preferred baby beetroot, unbelievably delicate smoked bone marrow, muntjac sausage, and red leaves completing an artist’s palette of a dish. And there was no let-up; where some restaurants can allow standards to drop a bit with the desserts, here the pre-dessert was a delight, a quenelle of basil ice cream and the lightest little bergamot doughnut in a palate-cleansing passion fruit sauce, and the honey and thyme buffalo milk ice cream with sherry sponge carried on the level of excellence, only to be outdone by the gorgeous malted banana in its warm chocolate tartlet - a real knockout to finish. The whole evening was a seamless sequence of pleasure, possibly the best we’ve had at The Ledbury, which continues to outshine most of the other two-star restaurants we’ve dined in over the last year.
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Paul A

Best-ever lunch
18 May 2015  
Once again the Ledbury experience showed that what we have been advocating for some time is right on the ball. In France this restaurant would unquestionably have three stars, so why not in England? The food is outstanding, creatively and technique-wise, the front of house strikes the perfect balance between traditional formality and correctness and a modern more casual approach, and the atmosphere and the setting both reflect and amplify this, and the matching of wine and food is exemplary. The amuse-bouches set the tone for a memorable lunch - delicate foie-gras puffs with apple jelly, lava bread crisp and smoked roe, and intriguing braised shoulder of muntjac dumplings with fruit jelly on top making a brilliant introduction. We then luxuriated in complex oyster chantilly, the amazingly subtle oyster coordinated to perfection with creamy tartare of sea bream, cucumber cubes and restrained English wasabi. We sat back, sighed with satisfaction and nodded at each other. There was no need to put anything into words, that comfortable feeling when you know you are in the presence of the great was with us both. Could they keep it up? No problem. The following masterpiece was, to a meat eater, a dish that would have been a great temptation to any vegetarian - a visual/taste/texture mix of the highest quality, featuring violet artichokes, grated frozen foie gras, grapes, thinly sliced duck ham, and hazel nuts, all on a sweet sauce. Brett Graham, a genial genius, then wowed us with a sensational extra, his ingenious take on ham and eggs: a rich, warm pheasant's egg dish enhanced with slices of truffle, dried Parma ham, celeriac, toast and an Arbois sauce. This was matched by another sign of top-notch service - an updated copy of the tasting menu to include the added plate was printed out for us. Fish came in the form of soft, steamed cod finished with butter, topped with fragrant Katsura leaf and supported by white asparagus, a favourite of ours but not easy to find outside of Harrods and Fortnums, a well-balanced anchovy cream, and olives, each of the four main ingredients individually terrific and combining to produce yet another perfect whole. Three meat courses followed, the first some unbelievably tender and marvellously tasty pork jowl cooked in (Australian) beer, lovely crunchy crackling, a sprinkling of cracked black pepper, roasted hop shoots, juniper and a tongue-tickling cep marmalade. Tastes and textures par excellence. The second was some of the best venison we've ever tasted; melt-in-the-mouth fallow deer with chicon, olives, sweet beetroot and a beetroot smear, deliciously accompanied by a crazy venison mini-sausage and sensuous smoked bone marrow. Finally we were treated to a perfect Herdwick lamb chop with pressed lamb shoulder, salt-baked turnip, padron pepper and wild garlic flowers. A picture on a plate and a Spring feast on the palate. Gariguette strawberries may be pretty well ubiquitous in the fine dining world, but they are a natural pre-dessert/palate cleanser, and in this case served with good light cream and biscuit crunch they are still most welcome before a more serious sweet finale, which on this occasion was a luxurious pavé of deep dark chocolate presented with a nod to Japan in the form of pretty cherry blossom leaves and a soaking of sake insinuating itself progressively as we consumed the pavé. There was just room for gourmandises with our coffee, and we agreed, without prompting, that this was our best lunch ever.
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David H

Excellent meal by any standards
07 March 2014  
I'm doing so here because we felt that things have changed since we last visited a year ago. Then, I remarked that we ate probably our best meal at the Ledbury, and that the food reached a standard that few others could match. We turned up again yesterday with our expectations high. In reality most things were the same. The place hadn't changed much if at all (though The Ledbury is not about overt luxury). The service was pleasant and very well timed. The breads , coffees, petits fours and so on were all very good and as we recalled. The things that were different this time were the menus and the food. The lunchtime offer now consists of a four course, zero choice set meal at £45 or a four course meal with choice at £80. Last year there was choice (if I remember on all courses of the set lunch) and most other restaurants we visit do offer choice. But of course its not just a question of choice or no choice- its a matter of what they actually offer. Frankly the selection on offer yesterday didn't look terribly interesting. Now on many occasions we've eaten food in quality restaurants where the delivery was very much better than the description. Sadly, yesterday at the Ledbury wasn't one of those days and whilst some of the courses outperformed the others, its fair to say that for us, none of them shone, and real flavour and intensity was absent. And the first course- of beetroot with a smidgeon of smoked eel too small to make an impression on the dish- was really rather dull. This wasn't what we expected at all, and overall what we ate yesterday was less enjoyable than what we've eaten at several 1* restaurants in the last three months. such as Pollen Street Social, Kitchen W8 , Dabbous , and I could go on. Our bill for set lunch for two , a pleasant bottle from the lower end of the list-good sommelier btw- coffee and service came to just shy of £160. I can eat lunch pretty much anywhere in London for that , and certainly I have to question the value for what we ate yesterday. For the quality we enjoyed a year ago, value would not be called into question Go back? Probably yes because of the food we've had there in the past and we know this kitchen is capable of more. I'd rather see the resumption of choice on the lunch menu though- it just reduces the risk of a recurrence and allows the customer to share the risk with the restaurant.
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Ms/Mrs. Monika S

Love Ledbury
31 July 2013  
I was recently introduced to this 2 Michelin starred chi chi restaurant in Notting Hill, which has always been my go to list and has rapidly become one of my top 5 restaurants ever. Most 2 michelin star restaurants are full of pomp and ceremony and are often not a relaxing affair, unlike this beauty in a leafy upmarket st in West London. The restaurant is intimate but buzzy at the same time and is probably a reflection of its' clientele (the well heeled, i spotted a Roksanda Ilinic dress walking around!). The service is excellent. Finally and most importantly it is all about the food here. The food has an Antipodean influence and delivers big flavours subtly. At the weekend , you are forced to eat the tasting menu (only a la carte on the weekdays), which would be my only grumble, i like having a choice. However, the tasting menu blew me away from the beginning with the oh so moreish bacon brioche. The flame grilled mackerel was a crispy, salty morsel of extreme delight. Course after course came in just the right quantities and hit big time taste sensation levels (i felt like shouting bingo at each course.). I cannot fault the meal or the evening, einfach klasse. Not cheap but worth every pound and the distance. I so envy West Londoners who have this gastronomic haven on their doorstep.
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