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There’s a hint of gastropub-by-rote to the large, corner Bonaparte, but the formula is rendered well. It’s a big, bare-bricked, high-ceilinged space but not an unwelcoming one, with picture windows inviting an egalitarian mix of men and women inside for evenings of friendly chat over a glass of something cold.
In both the lunch and the dinner menus, the starters (grilled squid, butter bean and chorizo stew; squash purée, goat’s curd and toasted pine nuts with pitta bread) display a little more spontaneity than the mains, but it’s all good stuff, with prices about what you’d expect given the postcode.
The Bonaparte also serves the drinker well: ales from Sharp’s (Own, Doom Bar, Cornish Coaster) feature on the low, half-moon bar counter, along with Moretti, Camden Hells Lager and Sagres; there are more than a dozen wines by the glass and around 40 by the bottle.
80 Chepstow Road
|Transport:||Tube: Notting Hill Gate or Royal Oak tube|
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-10.30pm Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun|
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