- National Restaurant of the Year 2010, 2011 & 2012
- The Service Award 2011 & 2017
Brett Graham’s flagship reopened in 2022 after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. Much has changed, but the overall ethos at the Notting Hill restaurant remains the same: namely an obsession with top quality produce; a singular approach to cooking that blends classical and contemporary elements seamlessly together; and - perhaps most importantly - an unusually warm and flexible service style.
First opened in 2005 when the Australia-born Graham was just 23 (he had excelled at Phil Howard’s The Square), The Ledbury soon became one of London’s most famous and in-demand dining rooms for both Londoners and visitors to the city. Part of the reason for the restaurant’s success and legendary status is that Graham keeps an unusually low profile for a chef of his calibre. He does no PR and rarely talks to the media, preferring to spend the vast majority of his time in the restaurant’s surprisingly cramped subterranean kitchen.
Graham’s produce-led dishes arrive strikingly plated - there is arguably no chef in the capital with a more distinctive style on the plate - but, at the same time, there’s a refreshing down-to-earthiness to the cooking at The Ledbury, with the team always prioritising deliciousness over culinary showboating. All the ingredients are of extremely high quality, but Graham is particularly obsessive about his venison - in his spare time he runs a successful game business - and, more recently, mushrooms, which are grown on site in a moisture-controlled cabinet.
In its 2022 incarnation, the dining room has retained the same layout as the original save for a beautiful central service table, but the overall look is more moody, more modern and more in step with the restaurant’s level of ambition.