We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A taste of Launceston Place”
Review of Launceston Place

Launceston Place
Ranked #74 of 23,023 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $90
Cuisines: British
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: South Kensington
Description: Nestled in the quaint residential streets of Kensington, Launceston Place is an award winning hidden gem. Passionate about using the best seasonal produce chef patron Raphael Francois and his team create a menu using simple and luxury ingredients alike. The restaurant has received 2 AA Rosettes in 2017, while the wine list has won Tatler Best Wine List Award, the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine and Notable Wine List 2013 and 2014 by the AA guide. Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday and dinner all week (except Monday) Launceston Place attracts a loyal local following, as well as being a fantastic destination for visitors to this charming London neighbourhood.
Level 6 Contributor
335 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
“A taste of Launceston Place”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Set in a wonderful location, we walked round the block as we were a little early for our table, the neighbourhood is well worth a look. On to the restaurant, where our jackets and shopping was taken - no fuss. Our table, was tucked away slightly and a little dark, as the decor is dark grey and we didn't benefit from any natural daylight.

The waiting staff were excellent very courteous and knowledgeable of the menu. We went for the taster menu with wine pairing, as the selection looked varied and interesting. Every course was so enjoyable, the taste had such a depth of flavour and I can only describe it all "as out of this world".

To pick some highlights is so difficult as there are so so many, but here we go - warm cauliflower mousse; spring vegetable salad (which sounds ordinary but is anything but); the apple variations with the scallops; horseradish ice cream which came with the mackerel; the lobster; the pork belly with the popcorn crackling; the lemon confit and granite; with the pure pistachio soufflé for me being the icing on the cake!

The accompanying wines were well balanced and complimented the food perfectly, the only slight criticism was we would have liked the sommelier to have not only described the wine, but why it had been chosen to go with that particular course.

Overall the evening was perfect. Tim Allen deserves the mitchelin star recently awarded, and this resturant comes highly recomended.

  • Visited May 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank RoutemasterCambridge
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

757 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Camborne, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Enjoyable afternoon lunch”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine and apart from a very slightly underdone scallop couldn't fault it. The service was wonderful and the wines matched perfectly. Having never eaten in a Michelin star restaurant before we were unsure what to expect but would recommend as a lovely place to go for a special occasion.

  • Visited May 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank brightspark89
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent food & service”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

There initially being some mix up with the reservation (our fault!) we were accommodated superbly. We were offered (a group of 6) an excellent table but 'limited' to the tasting menu. I say limited, but it wasn't really limited at all.....and was perfectly accompanied by the wine pairing. Staff were very knowledgeable and both the food & wine were very well presented & 'introduced'.

  • Visited May 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank Leigh G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Pinner, UK
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Better than last time”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We last visited over a year ago, but this time the experience was even better. They seemed to have refined their service, and improved further some of the dishes.

We order the tasting menu, and everything was superb. The main course lobster was excellent. We added an extra course from the main menu - our favourite duck with duck egg, and it was even better then we remembered. Wine pairings were excellent.

I special thank you to the assistant manager, Martin, for the attentive but unobtrusive service.

  • Visited May 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank TF_555
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Very special”
Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant is in a lovely location just behind Gloucester Road. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Lovely wine list with good value as well as top priced wines: there is even a good choice of good wines by the glass. We were there at lunchtime and mixed between the two set menus. Everyone was happy with their choices and really enjoyed everything. Delightful amuse-bouches served before the meal. Arrived at 12.45 and left around 4.00 so not rushed at all.

The only criticism was the coffee - the espresso had a nasty burnt flavour, but when replaced by filter coffee was excellent. For that reason not 5 star.

Highlights - everything apart from the coffee

Visited April 2013
Thank michaelo230
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Launceston Place also viewed


Been to Launceston Place? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing