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“A brilliant showcase of the chef's skills” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Ledbury

The Ledbury
127 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQ, England (Notting Hill)
+44 (0)20 7792 9090, 0871 4263844
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Ranked #7 of 17,879 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $68 - $91
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Notting Hill
Loughborough
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“A brilliant showcase of the chef's skills”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

It took three months to get a Saturday lunchtime table at The Ledbury and several months to decide whether it was actually worth £279 (for two).

There is little doubt that the eight course tasting menu was a spectacular display of culinary skill. The food was exquisite, precise, balanced and beautifully presented. Each course was just about the right size and the gap between courses perfectly judged. Service was very polished and polite but unstuffy. The sommelier fully understood that we were mainly there for the food and suggested wine by the glass which was reasonably priced.

Unfortunately, after about the third or fourth course, I think we suffered from 'palette fatigue' caused by the dazzling array of favours (some very delicate and others unusual) . So, although the food was beyond reproach, it became a little bit of a 'slog'.

So, was it worth the price? The quite informal atmosphere (and the party getting expensively drunk at the adjacent table) detracted from the sense of occasion. The food although excellent didn't have much of a 'wow' factor. It seemed more a display of exceptional technique than ultimate taste.

Our next two star will be Le Gavroche so it will be interesting to compare the two.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The pork dish at this restaurant is out of this world, truly memorable. Everything was great at The Ledbury, but this dish is something special.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Visited The Ledbury in December 2013, the food, service, ambiance were all excellent. The lamb is especially good. The restaurant is definitely worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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“One of the few Michelin stars that lives upto the hype!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

The Ledbury deserve all it's stars and more! A great experience overall with cooking at its best and top notch service to boot. The ambience is intimate in this pub conversion and it's clientele is truly global. The menu keeps us with the seasonal produce and is well matched to London ever changing weather. Overall a great meal

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Exquisite and Extraordinary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

After having dined at The Ledbury five times now, I can only wonder why it has a mere two Michelin stars. Hailed as the best restaurant in London, it has become one of my "must go to" dinner destinations when I'm in town. Their tasting menu (8 or 9 courses) with wine pairing is one of the greatest culinary experiences ever. Each dish is absolutely divine, and it is amazing how drinking the "right" wine with every course creates a gastronomic synergy. Our dinner that evening included quail egg with chestnuts and truffles, foie gras in a salad of violet and Chinese artichokes and hazelnuts, flame grilled mackerel, poached cepes, roast scallops, venison, wild duck.....(these are a few)....just listing them does not do justice to the inventiveness and flavor concentrations in each preparation, and the artistic beauty of each presentation. The wines were equally exquisite. I'm fortunate to get to London a few times each year. If you go, the tasting menu at The Ledbury will surely be one of the most memorable meals of a lifetime! (P.S. the owner and head chef, Brett, is an amazing and talented professional, whose attention to quality and detail is evident in every aspect of his establishment!)

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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