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.
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.
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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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.