What would you give to eat from one of London’s finest restaurants? Everything in your pockets, and then some! The Ledbury is undoubtedly one of UK’s priciest restaurant, but with two Michelin Stars, four All in London “Ultimate London Restaurant” Awards, and three Restaurant Magazine “National Restaurant Awards” firmly in the bag, it’s hard, impossible even, to argue with the price point.
Sitting rather inconspicuously on Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London, The Ledbury is certainly every foodie’s delight. Stepping into the restaurant immediately leaves you awash with luxury. The setting may be simple, standard sized diner tables covered with traditional white tablecloth, but the entire interior speaks of the luxury that washes over the place – ‘silent, muted luxury’, it is called.
Established by Australian award-winning chef Brett Graham in 2005, The Ledbury’s cuisines marry all of his European experience prior to his arrival in the UK, with a strong British core. A look at the menu will present you with a delightful mix of Modern British and Contemporary European dishes. Explaining this British twist, Graham notes that the cuisine is “based around fabulous British produce where possible, with lots of vegetables and wild English game”.
The chef’s Antipodean background can be felt in the surprising Pacific infection in his dishes, which also depends heavily on wild and reared British game. Each meal course is distinctive and inventive, taking your palate through a wonderful sensory experience.
As charming as the restaurant interior may be, with a perfect blend of white and other earthy hues and textures, the food is a spectacle in its own right. The presentation is as flawless as can be expected from any top restaurant, and the wine pairing is never a let down.
Whether you opt for the tasting menu, or you carefully select a full course meal from the menu, you can be sure that this will be your best ever food experience. A slow, satisfying moan accompanies every first bite you take from a new plate.
The popular baked white beetroot wrapped in smoked eel and caviar. Shiitake-wrapped Scottish langoustine, exquisitely presented with clementine and pumpkin. A portion of Herdwick lamb with a slice of fleshy Japanese-flavored aubergine. An olive oil shortbread for dessert with poached rhubarb and whipped buttermilk – soft, light and deliciously presented – will make you forget the exquisite delight of the main course before.
Routinely included in The World’s 50 Best list of top 50 restaurants in the world, The Ledbury piqued at no. 14 in the world in the year 2016, and has maintained its presence on the list since then. Beyond its carefully prepared and presented meals and its opulent interior, the calm ambiance, naturally friendly staff, less than formal organization, and a generally relaxed setting makes it a premium destination for food lovers.