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.
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.