As a cookbook specialist, this bookshop-cum-café is one for the purists. Each week, its tiny in-house kitchen road-tests recipes from the latest titles and serves them as two or three-course lunches at OMG prices. There are also loads of cakes, all of which would have Mary Berry coming back for seconds. It may be off the tourist trail, but this is a hugely popular spot – so expect to queue.
SEPTEMBER 2019: We’ve added some more of our favourite spots in Ladbroke Grove, ranging from Orasay (sharp modern cooking with a bias towards seafood) to Pearl & Groove (a swanky gluten-free café/bakery) and the Lisboa Patisserie (some of the best pasteis de natas in London). The line-up also includes a few local classics like Books for Cooks, the Electric Diner, Fez Mangal (a Med-inspired Turkish grill) and Pizza East Portobello.
Not far from Notting Hill’s beating heart, Ladbroke Grove has its own vibe and a hotchpotch of colourful restaurants to satisfy any culinary craving, at any price. There are pizza places, Vietnamese BBQ specialists, superior ramen rockers and even the odd Portuguese custard tart on display – not to mention cafés, bakeries and fashionable high achievers peddling modish contemporary food. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites below.