Town House At The Kensington

Restaurants, British South Kensington
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Venue says Introducing our new spring menu with delightful twists on old favourites, as well as our afternoon tea.
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Located within a boutique townhouse, Kensington Hotel’s aptly named Town House restaurant is a casual affair, albeit one with a strong focus on quality food. The period rooms, wood panelling, parquet flooring and bay windows create an air of sophistication, without the pomp.

The food menu has been put together by executive head chef, Steve Gibbs. Dishes range from caesar salad, grilled asparagus with fresh crab and cress, and smoked salmon served with Guinness brown bread to poshed-up fish and chips, seared sirloin steak with watercress and horseradish, and whole sea bass with lemon and herbs, cooked on the grill. 

Desserts include gypsy pie, warm chocolate fondant and baked pineapple served with coconut sorbet. Steak sandwiches and croque-monsieurs feature too, should diners want something a little lighter.  


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Town House At The Kensington says
Located in the heart of South Kensington, the newly refurbished Town House restaurant is an all-day dining haven. A home-away-from-home, Town House is the perfect space for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or to while away an afternoon over a delicious afternoon tea.

Executive chef Steve Gibbs has created a menu to match all tastes, with the emphasis on fresh produce focusing on the seasons, balanced with a hand-picked wine list offering something for everyone. The restaurant experience, from the service to the ambience, make this unfussy space a local favourite.

The Town House also doubles up as the perfect event and private dining space suitable for a wide variety of events – from wedding receptions to birthday meals.
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Venue name: Town House At The Kensington
Address: 109 -113 Queen's Gate
The Kensington hotel
109-113 Queen's Gate
Transport: Tube: South Kensington tube
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Brittany B
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Great british food and nice ambiance , a superb dining and the service is quick and efficient.

Tara P

The Town House restaurant at the Kensington Hotel is currently the home of the Tale As Old As Time afternoon tea, inspired by the classic Disney film, Beauty and the Beast.

When the tea was announced in February it sold out its limited two month run almost immediately, and even when it was extended to November it was full booked in a matter of days.

I grabbed a coveted spot on a Thursday afternoon in June, and eagerly awaited the experience.

It lived up to my high expectations. The restaurant was smaller than expected, and retained a calm and relaxing atmosphere despite the tea's popularity. There was no attempt to cram in as many people as possible, and elegance and luxury was clearly placed above rampant profit-making.

The decor was beautiful. Duck egg blue was the predominant colour, from the menus, to the crockery, to the book-lined shelves. The Beauty and the Beast theming in the room itself was subtle, yet effective: a cloche-covered rose flanked by Lumiere and Cogsworth was the main feature.

We had the full afternoon tea, with a glass of champagne. The tea list was fairly extensive, and the champagne tasty.

The food, however, was the star of the show. Savouries started us off: a mini pie, quiche and arancini ball offered a substantial appetiser.

Then our tea stand arrived, with fresh, delicious sandwiches and luscious cakes. In keeping with the French theme, scones had been replaced by brioche and conserves - which was a nice change, but in truth I did miss the scones.

The patisserie collection was magnificent. Beautiful cakes, mousses and macarons winked up at us, accompanied by pouring cream served in Mrs Potts. You'll want to try the grey stuff (it's delicious!), and the Cogsworth biscuit achieved that difficult feat of being both adorable and tasty.

From start to finish it was an exquisite experience, and the Kensington have done a fine job of offering a themed tea that still feels elegant, luxurious and classic.

If you can get a table, snap it up!

Elodie C

Such a beautiful place to have lunch or dinner. It is quiet, cosy with the fireplace and the comfy sofas and chairs. The food is amazing and service always on top !

phanice m

The best venue for afternoon tea and relaxation, I particularly loved the sandwiches and the scones as they were very warm and crumbly plus the service is very attentive from George and Alessandro. Thank you and I highly recommend.