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Short & Sweet: The Ledbury

Style: Modern European, fine dining

Budget: Very expensive (£600 for two, though we did drink a lot)

Venue and atmosphere: Inviting and elegant dining room with soft tones and plenty of natural light. White tablecloths and silver service but not too stuffy. 

Service: This is the kind of place where they read what kind of people you are and what service you want and behave accordingly. We were clearly there for a good time and they gave us one. Our waitress talked, joked and laughed with us. When my cousin wanted to swap one of the tasting menu options, they brought it as an extra course. When it came to cheese, they saw we’d been having a few craft beers and suggested a beer matching instead of wine. Nice touch.

Food: The food was of course delicious and immaculately presented, but for a restaurant at this level and price, I felt that the food was a bit safe. There weren’t any dishes that made me think ‘wow, I never would have thought of that.'

A decadent dish of Warm Bantam’s Egg with celeriac, arbois, dried ham and truffle was rich, comforting and bursting with umami. Jowl of Pork with chestnuts, girolles and pears was everything you might want in a pork dish: salty, tender and crispy with some sweet fruit to cut through the fat. Brown Sugar Tart with stem ginger ice cream was as good as it sounds, the sweet and nutty tart lifted by fresh and spicy ginger and a great balance of creamy and crisp textures.

Drink: We did the matching wines (plus some beers and cocktails). They were beautifully balanced and expertly matched. A light and fresh gruner veltliner complimented a dish of Hand Dived Scallop Ceviche with seaweed and herb oil and frozen English wasabi. Citrus notes are always good with seafood and a hint of white pepper in the wine went particularly well with the English wasabi. A refreshing blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault with raspberry and blackberry notes offered some light relief paired with a gamey dish of Aged Pigeon with quince, red leaves and vegetables. 

In a nutshell: The service and the venue are faultless, but the food lacks the wow factor for a place at this level.

Out of 10: 7

The Ledbury: 127 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AQ; +44 (0) 20 7792 9090;

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Reader Comments (4)

Excellent and fair write up . It wouldn't put me off , but I would know what i was in for.

March 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMa

Hi Ma, glad you agree. Pigsy Papas did not ;-)

May 9, 2017 | Registered CommenterVix

Interesting. We ate at the Ledbury too and like you I was not knocked away. I agree with all your comments about the atmosphere. I think my two favourite things where a bloody Mary that I had with smoked vodka which was unusual, and onions cooked about three different ways. Simple but delicious. But I too was disappointed at the lack of wow.

May 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Hi Victoria, I am glad you agree! My cousin who I went with disagreed with me. She said that is the point of the place - they do what they do very well and everything is immaculate, but with a restaurant at that level I expected to blown away.

August 9, 2017 | Registered CommenterVix

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