We’ve eaten the gourmet burgers. We’ve drunk the bellinis. We’ve extensively tracked the movements of the yummy mummy brigade. Behold the results of the most gruelling restaurant research of all time (probably).
And so: the best Notting Hill restaurants.
Core by Clare Smyth
Sleek, sophisticated, and set around a huge kitchen separated only by a glass wall, Core by Clare Smyth is the debut restaurant from the superb chef who maintained Restaurant Gordon Ramsay‘s three Michelin stars for four years (the first female chef in the UK to do so), and was just named Best Female Chef in the World. So to say the food here is good is an understatement. Her menu of three tasting menus has won critical acclaim – and a casual debut two stars in the Michelin guide. READ MORE
Details: Open for dinner Tues-Sat 6.30-10.30pm, and lunch Thurs-Sat 12-2.30pm | 92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN
Farm Girl Café
As a former dairy farmer, Rose Mann is simply outstanding in her field…
Which is no longer milking cows like a pro, but serving up flawless flat whites using coffee from the Roasting Party alongside health-conscious brunches to the people of Portobello. Her holistic approach to the colourful Aussie café culture means that soups, salads and sandwiches are packed with nurturing ingredients and sprinkled with superfoods – and all served in one of the most picturesque restaurants in Notting Hill.
Details: Open weekdays 8.30am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm | 59a Portobello Road, W11 3DB
The roots of this restaurant lie firmly in rural Nutbourne, Sussex… which means they’ve grown an impressive 45 miles in length… from the idyllic farm and vineyard where the Gladwin brothers were brought up, and now source a bumper selection of the English countryside’s finest ingredients.
As farmer, chef and restaurant man respectively, they’ve formed the perfect family food cycle: from farm to table – via the kitchen, of course – where Oliver turns already delicious things into delicious-er things like lamb chops with lemon, parsley and harissa. And they’re remembering those roots with a heavy dose of farm decor – expect reclaimed tractor parts, oil drum tables and portraits of cows. READ MORE
Details: Open for lunch Tues-Sat 12-3 (4pm Sat) and dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-12.30am | 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RT
Snaps and Rye
Denmark is the happiest country in the world. Fact.
Probably because they have 19 million pigs. But more likely because they get to eat smørrebrød (delicious open rye bread sandwiches) on a regular basis.
Now you can, too, at Kell and Jacqueline Skött’s contemporary Danish restaurant on Golborne Road. This former hairdresser’s has become a Scandi haven, serving authentic Nordic fare like home-cured herring and house-infused akvavit, as well as traditional cakes and pastries. There’s also a small shop where you can stock up on high quality Danish produce and stylish homewares.
Details: Open breakfast-lunch Tues – Sun; dinner Thurs-Sat | 93 Golborne Road, W10 5NL
Michelin-starred spot The Ledbury is the 14th best restaurant IN THE WORLD. Which means it might just be the best restaurant in Notting Hill. One thing is for certain: Aussie chef Brett Graham’s spine-tinglingly good cooking is worth a detour. Expect dishes like veal tartare with aged beef fat on toast; Herdwick lamb with salt-baked kohlrabi; and clay-baked white beetroot with goat’s cheese and hazelnuts.
It’s the finest of fine dining. READ MORE
Details: Open for lunch Wed-Sun, 12-2pm; dinner Mon-Sun 6.30-9.45pm | 127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ
It comes to us courtesy of Emily Roux and her husband Diego Ferrari (what a name). Roux of course being the daughter of Michel Roux Jr., the two-star Michelin chef still heading up Le Gavroche; and the grand-daughter of Albert Roux OBE, also of Le Gavroche, before his son took over. Together they’ve crafted a French-Italian menu, that draws on both of their individual heritage. Slow cooked pork cheek ravioli with peas, roast grelot onions, parsley and lemon; and roast rack of Herdwick lamb, with multicoloured chard, glazed Rattes potatoes and jus; all of which you can enjoy from the comfort of their chic yet friendly restaurant just off Westbourne Park Road. READ MORE.
Details: Open for Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, 12-2pm and 6.15-9.45pm | 209 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 1EA
Last Updated: 28th October 2019 | Main image: Andina
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