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.
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