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05/06/22


The Best Notting Hill Restaurants

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.

The Pelican

A beautifully revamped neighbourhood pub just off Portobello Road that just so happens to have chef Owen Kenworthy at the helm, who was head chef at the critically acclaimed Brawn for five years. He’s brought his nose-to-tail philosophy with him for his latest venture, where he’s cooking up small plates and hearty fare like spider crab on toast; monkfish pie with lobster head gravy; and scorched leeks with crispy shallots…

Details: 45 All Saints Road, London, W11 1HE Book a table

SUMI

SUMI, Notting Hill

It’s the second venture from sushi master Endo Kazutoshi – the sister to his Michelin-starred knockout in Shepherd’s Bush. This time however he’s gone for something a little more neighbourhood friendly, somewhere that you can imagine taking a relaxed first date – or a 91st – and both leaving thoroughly impressed. It’s got a sort of effortless elegance to it – everything from the Nordic-Japanese design, to their signature, Japanese-leaning cocktails. And of course the food. Stand out dishes include bright, colourful bowls of iced sashimi, their hand-rolled temaki and their salmon teriyaki. It’s not cheap, but then true quality rarely is. And it’s worth it…even if you do eat beans for the rest of the week.

Details: 157 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RS | Book a table

Core by Clare Smyth

core by clare smyth three michelin stars

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 recently named Best Female Chef in the World. So to say the food here is good is an understatement. Her trio of tasting menus has won critical acclaim – and a casual debut two stars in the Michelin guide, followed by a third not long after.

Details: 92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN Book a table

Suzi Tros

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From the team behind other local gem Mazi, Suzi Tros is an airy eatery focussing on Northern Greek cuisine. You’ll find all your favourite holiday dishes here, but refined and elevated a couple of notches almost to the point of fine dining (though in thoroughly relaxed surrounds). There’s Greek salad given extra crunch with Cretan rusks; gyro “tacos” with BBQ pork belly; braised octopus with kalamata olive cream; and Greek coffee profiteroles to finish, which it would be criminal to miss.

Details: 18 Hillgate St, London W8 7SR Book a table

The Shed

The Shed

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 grew 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.

Details: 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RT | Book a table

Orasay

orasay best restaurant notting hill

Brought to you by chef heavyweight Jackson Boxer (Brunswick House, St Leonards), Orasay is a polished neighbourhood eatery inspired by the Outer Hebrides, where Boxer spent family holidays as a child. That means well-sourced and exquisitely prepared seafood like grilled white-legged prawns with miso butter & kumquat; aged chalk-stream trout with green apple and smoked yoghurt; and an oyster happy hour every day at 5pm. For drinks, expect twists on classics like the blood orange and chilli Negroni, or explore the mostly European list designed to compliment the food – including bottles from Jacksons’ own personal collection. Just ask for the black book…

Details: 31 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU Book a table

Caractère

Caractère comes to us courtesy of Emily Roux and her husband Diego Ferrari — 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. No pressure, then. Together they’ve crafted a Franco-Italian menu that draws from each of their families’ heritage, featuring dishes like celeriac cacio e pepe; wild turbot with black garlic & liquorice; and slow-cooked cuttlefish with potato gnoccho — all served in the comfort of their chic yet friendly restaurant just off Westbourne Park Road.

Details: 209 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 1EA | Book a table

Sunday in Brooklyn

No offence to Saturday, but Sunday In Brooklyn (in Notting Hill) is the winner. The star dish at this brunch spot is the malted pancakes, covered in their signature hazelnut maple praline sauce. And to back them up, you can score some smoked salmon on brioche, a classic shakshuka, a zingy beetroot salad, and much more besides…

Details: 98 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RU | Book a table

Fiend

Fiend

It’s the deviously delicious new venture from 108 Garage owner and chef Chris Denny – a moody, boundary-pushing restaurant and cocktail bar shaking up Portobello Road. The dishes are bold and flavour-filled, often with a Japanese lilt. Lamb heart agnolotti with sea onion and mustard dashi sits alongside wagu short rib with belper knolle, tartar relish and dandelion. Of course, the downstairs bar means you can start your night early and end it late. The cocktail list is lengthy, mixing house blends like the Kyoto Collins (Hennessy VS, yuzu sake, pink grapefruit, grapefruit soda) with a number of well-shaken classics. You can sit back and drink in the arms of soft leather or silky velour, an experience which – coupled with dinner – is likely to leave you fiending for more.

Details: 301 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W10 5TD Book a table

The Residency

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Recently opened on Westbourne Grove, The Residency has a members’ club feel without the subscription fee. Enveloped in warm wood, it’s an all day bar and restaurant with food overseen by Carniel Francis (previously of Bentley’s and Berner’s Tavern), who’s created a mouth-watering Euro-Caribbean menu that celebrates Notting Hill’s diverse cultural heritage. Add in a decent line of cocktails and DJs at weekends, and you’ve got plenty reasons to take up residence.

Details: 50 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH Book a table

Hereford Road

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Want to upgrade your Sunday roast? Head to Hereford Road, where ex-St. John Bread and Wine chef Tom Pemberton reprises the nose-to-tail cuisine of his alma mater with a more neighbourhood-friendly price-tag. The £20 set lunch changes regularly with the seasons, featuring numbers like duck livers with spinach & tarragon (or, for the less offal-inclined, hake with cucumber & kohlrabi). And on weekends? Expect that meaty expertise to be applied to some of the finest roast chicken, beef & pork in town.

Details: 3 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB Book a table

Beam

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It’s warm, it’s stylish, and it serves a mean brunch. Family-run Beam started out up in Crouch End and has since spawned two siblings to cope with the lengthy queues that form outside each weekend. The secret to their success? Nailing classics like breakfast burritos, salmon & scrambled eggs and berry, banana & salted caramel French toast… but also peppering the menu with dishes drawing on their Middle Eastern heritage, with shakshuka, Turkish eggs, and a superlative take on Eggs Benedict that involves shawarma spiced patties, pickled red cabbage & harissa hollandaise.

Details: 103 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 4UW Walk-in only

The Cow

The Cow: a Notting Hill institution, beloved by celebrities but more importantly, people with tastebuds. Downstairs is a traditional pub that’s barely changed in the almost 30 years its been open (except for the addition of a mad Paul Slater mural). Upstairs is a crisp table-clothed dining room serving up exceptional, old-school British gastro fare, from Sunday roasts to platters of shellfish, best enjoyed with a cold pint of Guinness.

Details: 89 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QH Book a table

Last Updated: 13th June 2022


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