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Review of The Ledbury

The Ledbury
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Ranked #8 of 23,993 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $63 - $84
Cuisines: European, French
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Notting Hill
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I hadn't been to the Ledbury for several years. It still feels like a grand neighbourhood restaurant despite becoming more famed. It's not hip, but it's not stuffy. What I like:

- very light (in daylight), spacious room
- charming staff
- inventive but very edible food. Some of the menu suggestions are a bit off-putting relative to their contribution to the taste (e.g. eel sauce doesn't whet all appetites). But what you get is delicious and attractive.

Don't like:

The whole 'contract' to get a table. If you cancel or someone drops out within 48 hours, you must pay.... Isn't there a better way to handle cancellations? That said, I wanted a table 4 days before for lunch and was 'waitlisted'. A table became available and yet the restaurant was never more than half full. Suggests a lot of people drop out! This is the problem with getting a 'you must book a month ahead' reputation. When everyone drops out at the 49th hours, others aren't calling on the off-chance of getting a table. Madness.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We were six guests at the Ledbury and we had the tasting menu. The meal was excellent with a couple of really amazing components. The sommelier had a tough challenge as there were both eggs and raw vegetables in some of the starters. Consequently the red wines felt like a better match.

We got the impression that some of the starters were inspired by Noma in Copenhagen.

The service were excellent.

All in all a good value for money. You dine really fine for about 200£.

Thank Oveko
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I visted last year with another foodie friend who happens to have a gallery very close to the restaurant. She tried to get a Friday lunchtime booking as she knew I was travelling over from Belfast and it would suit us best. Unfortunately, even for a Friday lunchtime you have to book well in advance and there were no tables available so my friend put us on the waiting list. Happy days when they phoned to say there was a cancellation and we were booked in for lunch.

The food was totally amazing. We had the three course set lunch and let the sommelier do his job by picking the wines he felt would suit the dishes best. My starter of tartare of scallops with horseradish snow will forever live in my memory as will the beautiful pork main course dish done six ways. Yes, it is expensive but if you really love food it is truely worth it.

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Thank PurpleKim1
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Wow! This was an incredible night of food and wine (the company wasn't bad either). We waited a patient 3 months for our reservation, and it was worth it. Lovely mackerel to start and couldn't resist the beef main. We all had different starters and main, my sister had the pigeon main which was incredible. Service was wonderful and even got to see the kitchen in action at the end of the night. I can't wait to go back.

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Thank Domenyk
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Four of us went to celebrate a monumental event (driving test passed at fourth attempt) with lunch on a Saturday. We turned up bedraggled from a heavy spring shower, fearing disapproval. We got a warm and sympathetic welcome, setting the tone for the whole meal.

The food and service were simply outstanding. No need to go for the tasting menu, the set menu and the a la carte gave us a full range of delicious, well-judged dishes. Even the bread was exceptional. There wasn't a duff note and by the time we got to the end, we were trying to remember when any of us had had a better meal.

Scraping around for sub-superlatives, we concluded that the sorbets were only good (not the equal of Ruby Violet of Tufnell Park) and found a one-letter misprint in the wine list. Otherwise perfection. Go!

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Thank Jay P
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