We were going be in London over Easter, for several meetings the next week, and were finding that many of our favorite restaurants were closed for the holiday. That turned out to be a very good thing, as I received several recommendations for The Ledbury. I had never heard of it before, but a bit of research indicated that it was just what we were looking for - and was that every correct!
Just a short cab ride from the Hilton London Park Lane, we arrived at a small, but lovely restaurant. From the moment that we entered, we knew that we were in the "right place." While the dining room is smallish, a mirrored wall gives the impression of a larger venue.
We initially had reservations for two, but one of our US board members was flying in a day early. The reservations staff was very helpful in accommodating her, even though it was Easter Sunday evening, and on fairly short notice. We were seated at a lovely 4-top, and the service began.
The wine list is not all that large, but the offerings have been well-thought out, and compliment the meals perfectly. Sommelier Anja Breit has done a wonderful job pairing the list for Chef Brett Graham's fare. After a Chave Hermitage Blanc, we opted for Breit's wine pairings, and were delighted. We also ordered the Tasting Menu, and our server (and the kitchen) knew that they would need to substitute the Scallop on my wife's dish. They handled this to perfection.
Every dish, and every wine was a joy. The presentations were on par with the wonderful food. The portions were perfect, and with the Cheese Course and the desserts (plus some Port), I do not think that any of us could have eaten another bite, however delightful that would have been.
My only sorrow is that I did not know of The Ledbury earlier, but am so glad that I followed those recommendations. They now have three followers and fans in the US, and we WILL dine there again. I have already sung the praises to another US board member, who missed this trip. Next time, it will be a party of 6!
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