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Launceston Place

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Not original, naming a restaurant after its street – there are loads like that in London. But when it’s as nice as this… Well, why not? LP’s villagey part of Kensington is festooned with flowers in summer, and its rows of mansions are immaculate: this poshest outpost of the D&D London restaurant group fits in.

It has the quirks and tics that the Michelin inspectors look for (it received a star in 2013), but our recent visit showed irregularities. The carpets were a bit scuffed, for instance, and the men’s toilets are inhibitively tiny. Towards the end of a late lunch booking, we experienced rushed service. The peculiarly shaped series of rooms works better after dark, when the charcoal walls and spectral artworks lend gravitas.

Standards of food are generally high; cooking is an accessible and inventive French/British marriage. A starter of salmon with mooli and sweet little cubes of pressed apple was made special by a sorbet-like scoop of iced horseradish, although hake with peas, broad beans and lettuce tasted too vegetal and ‘green’. Launceston Place is a restaurant that makes living in Launceston Place even nicer than it undoubtedly already is, but a visit from further afield isn’t always rewarded.

 

Venue name: Launceston Place
Contact:
Address: 1A Launceston Place
London
W8 5RL
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Tue-Sat; noon-3pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Gloucester Road
Price: Set lunch (Tue-Sat) £25 3 courses. Set dinner £48 3 courses, £65 tasting menu

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Kat

The service was very good and the food was absolutely delicious. I had the lunch set menu and the duck egg starter stood out for me.

No Expert

Really impressed by the great value set lunch menu. Amazed this place still does not have a Michelin Star. It is a mystery, as Launceston Place has it all. An attractive location, first rate service and some rather impressive cooking. On our visit this week the stand out dishes were the Mackerel which was quite lovely, both in respect of presentation and taste, and the braised duck with Isle of Wight tomato fondue . To go with these dishes we had a side order of Jersey Royal New Potatoes, they were smothered in butter, perfectly cooked with that wonderful earthy taste that epitomises Jersey Royals - just fabulous.

DB10

Lunch today from the short lunch menu. I caught the kitchen on a bad day. The watercress soup was over-salted. A quick taste before leaving the kitchen would have spotted this. The slow braised duck leg seemed to have been cooked yesterday. On reflection, it's an ambitious lunch dish; do they start cooking it on arrival in the morning? The gooseberry fool with cobnut financier was sweet and stodgy; something from another era. Overall, a heavy meal. I do not understand your 5* rating.