The Best Restaurants In West London
The Best In The West:
Dinner By Heston | Knightsbridge
Your double Michelin-starred dinner at Dinner will take inspiration from dishes through the centuries, with a little help from Heston’s wacky creativity (this ‘orange’ is actually meat), a very old recipe book, and a historically accurate pineapple roasting pulley.
Details: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA | £££££
The Ledbury | Notting Hill
A simple, set-price menu of classic British fine-dining in the heart of Notting Hill. The Ledbury has climbed worldwide restaurant rankings every year since its inception, and currently sits 10th with two Michelin Stars.
Details: 127 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, W11 2AQ | ££££
Villa Mama’s | Chelsea
A bohemian, Bahraini eatery with al fresco tables, colourful textiles, reclaimed shop counters and its very own herb garden attached – the pickings of which regularly make their way into both the dishes and cocktails.
Details: 25-27 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT| ££
Darcie & May Green | Paddington
Brunch: good. Australian brunch: very good. Australian brunch on a bespoke, Sir Peter Blake-designed pair of barges tethered to Paddington’s increasingly scenic canals: bonza.
Details: Sheldon Square, W2 6DS | £££
Core by Clare Smyth | Notting Hill
Clare Smyth was the first female British chef to net three Michelin stars when she headed up Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous joint – so to say it’s of interest that she’s finally opened her own place is an understatement.
Details: 92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN | ££££
Maggie Jones | Kensington
A cosy, romantic hideaway tucked conveniently away in the depths of a Kensington cul-de-sac, filled with ceiling-hung flower baskets, wonky stairs and candle light.
Details: 6 Old Court Place, Kensington, W8 4PL | £££
108 Garage | Portobello
108 Garage is, unsurprisingly, housed in a former garage. What is surprising, is that the chef was a former artist who fell into cooking as a way to pay the bills. Which it certainly will, now that the place is so wildly successful.
Details: 108 Golborne Road, W10 5PS | £££
The River Café | Hammersmith
West London is often mocked for being less rapidly evolving than its Eastern counterpart. But that’s probably because it’s busy nurturing the award-winning eateries that have been flying the flag for great British restaurants for over 30 years.
Details: Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, Hammersmith, West London, W6 9HA | ££££
Elystan Street | Chelsea
Laurelled chef Phil Howard is calling this place his “last hurrah”. Which means you should waste no time in going in to experience his glorious seasonal dishes, served up in a surprisingly pared-back space for the area.
Details: 43 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT | ££££
Chicama | Chelsea
Chicama is named after a beautiful coastal town in Peru, something that’s instilled in both the decor (light washes of pastels, tiled floors and an optimistic al fresco terrace) and the menu (delicate ceviche, barbecued small plates and pisco sours).
Details: 383 King’s Road, SW10 0LP | ££
Nutbourne | Battersea
The third restaurant from the three Gladwin Brothers in the third least accessible neighbourhood in the city, Nutbourne is worth the trip, thanks to its fresh, seasonal cuisine; rustic decor; and riverside perch.
Details: 29 Ransomes Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP | ££
The Painted Heron | Chelsea
The Painted Heron, along with Ganapati and Zumbura vie for London’s best Indian. It’s just that the Painted Heron has a cigar room, which means it has a cigar room.
Details: 112 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, West London, SW10 0DJ| ££££
Main Image: Chicama
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