A casual Californian-inspired eatery in Notting Hill.
Please note, Pomona’s has been partially redecorated and has a new menu since this review was written. Time Out Food editors, February 2018.
Walking into Pomona’s is like pushing through the wardrobe into Narnia. But instead of a snow-covered forest, you find a slice of sunny California on the other side. Formerly dark, leather-bedecked gastropub The Commander, it’s seen an impressive transformation. There’s a casual SoCal vibe: whitewashed walls, trailing greenery, botanical prints and David Hockney-esque pops of zesty colour.
Ingredients are resoundingly British but the menu is all-American. Buttermilk waffles and soft scrambled eggs for all-day brunchers, sharing plates and bigger dishes in the evenings. There’s a fun cocktail menu and a Californian-heavy wine list too.
The sea bass with saffron pearl couscous was perfectly cooked, well seasoned and delicately flavoured. The Pomona’s cheeseburger with fries and daikon slaw was a little disappointing, and felt overpriced at £16 when you can get a seriously tasty burger and still have change from a tenner lots of places in London. The highlight was smoked mackerel rillettes. Intensely smoky fish, drizzled with jalapeño, ginger and mint pesto, it was punchy, peppery and laced with just the right amount of heat.
Pomona’s is on the pricy side, but it’s a buzzy and unpretentious place to spend an evening in the Notting Hill area. Staff are as smily as they are in California – you’ll definitely leave feeling like you’ve spent a few hours in the sunshine.
47 Hereford Road
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 11.30am-10pm; Fri 11.30am-10.30pm; Sat 9am-10.30pm; Sun 9am-9pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Royal Oak|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £100.|
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Excellent food, fresh ingredients, tasty. We ordered 5 different dishes and all were delicious, certainly above average for most London restaurants. Good value for money. The interiors and settings are beautiful, modern, bright and airy. It also has a terrace for al fresco dining. Also great for larger groups, such as lunch and dinner with friends or family. Very welcoming service. Great neighbourhood restaurant!
Worst place ever.
From fish to meat every tinting it’s frozen an we paying a lot of money for it. I will never be back.
We booked a table for lunch, and after about half an hour had to walk out to find somwhere decent to eat. Service was dreadful. No vegetarian main cources apart from salads. AVOID
We all love the Commander, the food is so fresh and great daily choices, the outside seating is lovely and has blankets to keep you cosy! The fish bar always looks good and it has a great range of drinks, cocktails and wines to suit all budgets. They have various offers on that they put on FB so you can keep upto date.