The Ledbury is one of London’s best fine dining restaurants and currently holds two Michelin stars. It has become a Notting Hill institution where it is notoriously hard to get a reservation. We were lucky enough to get a table on our wedding anniversary last year, snapping up a cancellation through being on the waiting list.
The restaurant is very open and has a sophisticated calm about it. I couldn’t believe a girl on a table near us was wearing a beanie/bobble hat! Granted it was a cold and horrible night, but this is a place where you should dress to a standard!
At our table was a beautiful card signed by the chef congratulating us on our wedding anniversary which was a lovely touch. I had not realised until we were dining there that the chef is a fellow Australian, Brett Graham.
To begin, I was served gluten free brioche on a hot stone which was a lovely idea to keep it warm. At a fine dining restaurant the gluten free diner is not left with an empty side plate while your dining partners feast on bread!
My first course was white beetroot and smoked trout. The appearance may look a little plain, but it was a lovely delicate dish!
I was so excited at this stage I forgot to make a note of my second course, but again, the flavours were amazing. My main was perfectly cooked duck with a blackcurrent jelly, which was a beautiful accompaniment.
For dessert I could not resist the caramelised banana with peanuts and vanilla ice cream, and my husband had the peach and riesling jelly with coconut ice cream.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we were presented with an ‘anniversary’ ganache with pistachio ice cream!
There is not a special gluten free menu, but the wait staff knew all the options that were available. If you have a special occasion coming up, plan ahead and book The Ledbury as you will not be disappointed! The service and food was fantastic, and I’m not surprised it is number 20 in the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
You are probably wondering how much it all cost?! Four courses was £90 per person, plus wine, which averaged £10 per glass and we thought it was well worth it for a special night out. The lunch menu is four courses for £50 per head, so that is a more affordable option if you still want a special meal (Wed-Sun).
127 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2AQ, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7792 9090
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