Notting Hill restaurants

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Brimming with great cafés and restaurants, Notting Hill will always have the perfect meal to suit both your tastebuds and budget. From simple fish and chips at Geales to modern cuisine at the Notting Hill Brasserie, find a restaurant with our essential guide to restaurants in Notting Hill. Think we've missed a great restaurant in Notting Hill? Let us know in the comment box below.

The Ledbury

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Few haute establishments have the hospitable hum of the Ledbury. Whether it’s due to the off-centre location, the Aussie input, or diners’ sheer delight in securing a table, this former pub remains top-tier for gustatory good times. British ingredients – Hampshire buffalo milk curd, smoked eel, Cumbrian lamb – line up alongside delicacies such as foie gras, Tokyo turnips, Bresse chicken and black truffle, but it’s chef Brett Graham’s clever contemporary treatment of

  1. 127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ
  2. Main courses (lunch) £32-£34. Set lunch...
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Mazi

  • Rated as: 5/5

This stylish addition to the capital’s Hellenic dining scene opened in 2012 in what used to be Costas Grill. Its food has more in common with the creations of leading Athens restaurants than anything you’d find in London – and the relief from the city’s Greeks is almost palpable. Purists might be troubled by the progressive presentation – mezédes are served in Kilner jars; tyrópitta is separated into filling and filo for DIY crumbling – but the flavours are

  1. 12-14 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR
  2. Main courses £6-£25
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The Shed

  • Rated as: 5/5

From a distance, with its white wooden cladding and high pitched roof, this restaurant does look suspiciously like a shed. Home for years to the old Ark restaurant, under brothers Oliver and Richard Gladwin it’s had a playful makeover that’s as much barnyard as back-garden, with piggy portraits, bits of tractor, and charming staff in check shirts. It’s a fitting setting for the food, which goes beyond the usual hackneyed take on British. Plates are small, meant for sharing,

  1. 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RT
  2. Dishes £7.50-£9.50. Meal for two with drinks...
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Taqueria

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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The word ‘taquería’ is traditionally associated with street stands churning out endless tacos. They do that here too, but in rather more salubrious surroundings and with a clipboard-toting greeter thrown in for good measure. It’s a charming, independent-feeling little place of two rooms, with dark wood floors and pristine white walls decorated with a few Mexican film posters. The food is equally unfussy: a dozen or so tacos (using corn tortillas made in-house daily), a

  1. 139-143 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS
  2. Main courses £3.90-£8.75. Set lunch (noon-4pm...
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Colchis

  • Rated as: 4/5

Notting Hill suavity versus hearty peasant cooking: who wins? Notting Hill, of course, and Colchis – serene in its stuccoed townhouse – presents a smartly turned-out form of Georgian cuisine, with the rough edges smoothed out. An eager-to-help, proudly Georgian waiter got the meal off to a dashing start, and the varied list of traditional starters increased the appeal. Khinkali dumplings being unavailable on our trip, chicken bazhe filled the slot well: chunks of

  1. 39 Chepstow Place, W2 4TS
  2. Main courses £15-£25.50. Meal for two with...
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202 Café

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

If you’re of the persuasion that breakfast should be about the glamour as well as getting a good feed, this trendy café will deliver. While frequented by many a Notting Hill celeb and monied ladies of leisure, it’s fortunate that the kitchen steps up a notch to impress. The French toast with maple syrup and bacon is a signature dish, but new additions to the menu include sweet potato, pepper and pancetta hash with a sunny-side up egg, and brunch items such as salmon and tuna

  1. 202-204 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH
  2. Breakfast for two with service: around £24
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Books for Cooks

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Books for Cooks runs on a simple but very successful formula. From the small open kitchen, co-owner Eric Treuillé puts recipes (one starter, one main) from the cookbook(s) of the day to the test. There’s no choice – until it comes to pudding, when there’s an array of must-try cakes (lemon victoria sponge, raspberry and pear cake, or chocolate and orange cake, say) – but the standard of cooking is high. Pea and ricotta salad with focaccia followed by merguez, roast lamb

  1. 4 Blenheim Crescent, W11 1NN
  2. Set lunch £5 2 courses, £7 3 courses
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E&O

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Will Ricker’s restaurants make up a small but impressive pan-Asian empire (plus one much-lauded Mexican street food hotspot). The well-thought out menu is brief, with just enough little touches to pique diners’ interest – black vinegar paired with crispy pork belly, barbecued beef bulgogi with coriander raita. But first, take time for an informal drink in the attached bar to mingle with the beautiful and the damned, as a steady stream of well-to-do twentysomethings float in

  1. 14 Blenheim Crescent, W11 1NN
  2. Dim sum £3.50-£8. Main courses £8-£27. Set...
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Negozio Classica

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Part owned by Tuscany’s Avignonesi winery, Negozio Classica is set up to showcase the full range of Avignonesi wines in the best way possible – serving them by the glassful. There’s also a careful selection of other Italian wines, many of them organic or biodynamic. In addition to the 25 or so by-the-glass offerings (starting at a considerate £4), there’s a monthly ‘flight’: introductory tasters of three wines from a particular region, served in elegant glassware by

  1. 283 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA
  2. Main courses £8.40-£19.90. House wine £19.50...
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Geales

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Someone had been at the salt cellar the night we dined at Geales – both battered pollock and fish pie had us gulping down water. A shame, as both were decent versions: the fish pie was a cheese, potato and fish medley, with one solitary prawn, topped with breadcrumbs; the large portion of firm pollock, cooked just so, was slightly overwhelmed by a vast wrapping of golden batter. This giant costs £10.75 (cod, haddock and sole hover around £12), but (OK) chips are cheekily

  1. 2 Farmer Street, W8 7SN
  2. Main courses £15-£25
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The Shed
The Shed

I came here to celebrate my fathers birthday and couldn't have enjoyed the evening more. The Shed has now become my favorite restaurant in London and I can't stop telling everyone about it! The waiters are lovely and its as if you are invited to join the family. There's a great atmosphere and genuine rural vibe. The daily loosener was delicious and we all enjoyed the fact that so many of the ingredients are foraged. The food was definitely the high point, especially the lamb chips, and we all loved the sharing aspect. Its amazing how much emphasis is put on sourcing the produce and the passion for the food is shared by the waiters, chefs and owners alike. The Shed offers a truly unique, fantastic dinning experience, which is not to be missed by anyone!

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