Pomona's

Restaurants, Contemporary American Westbourne Grove
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Pomona's
Venue says Celebrate all things David Hockney with California-inspired cocktails at Pomona's London until May 29.

A casual Californian-inspired eatery in Notting Hill.

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.

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Pomona's says
Pomonas Restaurant and Bar brings a piece of south California to London with all-day dining from 10am Monday to Saturday and from noon on Sundays. We combine a Californian wine selection with our signature cocktails and a menu that takes the culinary keynotes of modern West Coast cooking and delivers them using the best British produce.

With an emphasis on fresh vegetables, grains and charcoal cooked meat and seafood, we capture the essence of modern California in the heart of the affluent and cosmopolitan London borough of Notting Hill; a few minutes from Notting Hill Gate and the legendary Portobello Market.

Executive Chef Gareth Sanderson has travelled along America’s West Coast in search of inspiration to create the menu, consisting of carefully selected and locally sourced fresh produce, with a focus on the healthy, clean and tasty flavours so typical of that part of The States.

The stunning American bar at Pomona, headed by Kestutis Stirba (formerly head bartender at Gordon Ramsey Restaurants), offers a list of cocktails well worthy of such a California-inspired place.

The décor has an unmistakably ‘Pop Art’ touch: chairs in bright orange and green, turquoise and canary yellow that contrast with the pale yellow walls. The interior, designed by Sundae Design Studio, was inspired by David Hockney’s 1970s Malibu period.
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By: Ellie Walker-Arnott

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Venue name: Pomona's
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Address: 47 Hereford Road
London
W2 5AH
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 10am-10.30pm; Sun 9am-9pm
Transport: Tube: Royal Oak
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £100.
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Richard N
Tastemaker

California inspired food is always a strange way to describe your food, but Pomona's has done it. We came by for a breakfast during their soft launch and had a few items on the menu. First off, we were drawn in by the beautiful decor, and enamoured with how brightly lit the place was, full of plants and colours. As for food, some of the standout items included the huevos rancheros and surprisingly, their all american pancakes! For the latter, they were surprisingly fluffy, and the syrup and butter used were rich and complemented the pancakes perfectly. It's a little out of the way, but the pancakes alone make this place worth coming back to. It's nothing too awe-inspiring, but you'll certainly be filled with an immediate sense of warmth and a certain satisfaction in your tummy. 

Chlo Fo
Tastemaker

Pomona's is what would happen if a David Hockney painting came to life: picture chic 60s vibes a la Bigger Splash, Miami Beach tones and the cool kids to go with it. Visiting Pomonas is a feast for the eyes, like entering some kind of dream world that has a permanent insta filter going on. The decor is really what sells this place, pastel yellows and mint coupled with splashes of teal, orange and zebra print. I must be honest, first impressions of service were not great, we'd been there an hour before I complained and we were finally able to place our food order. However, I am prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt that this was just a teething problem as they really did make an effort to atone their errors with a free drink each and extra special attention from then on. We visited for a Sunday lunch and it really did prove to be a great spot for it, picking up our spirits on a gloomy rainy day with the summery glow of its interiors. We sat there for hours and there was no pressure to leave, which was nice. They pitch their menu as 'healthy' I wouldn't quite say chicken and waffles smothered in maple syrup is healthy as such but it tasted bloody good (although not quite to the standard of those in the states). Juices are delicious (especially the chia fix) if a little pricey. Maybe not a regular spot, but I do recommend checking out this new joint. I can imagine it will be popular come summer when the outdoor terrace will be in full swing. I will certainly pay it another visit and hope to then boost my review to four stars.

Mr B

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

Sarah Janes

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.