A high-end yet unpretentious dining experience that puts the emphasis firmly on high-quality British produce
Trends come and go in the restaurant world but some things remain constant, and one such thing is the brilliance of The Ledbury.
It might not gain the column inches of its newer rivals, but this two Michelin-starred dining room and regular on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list quietly goes about its business of cooking peerless food. In chef Brett Graham’s own words, the cuisine at this Notting Hill stalwart is “based around fabulous British produce where possible, with lots of vegetables and wild English game”.
A tasting menu and more affordable set menu is offered alongside à la carte. Current dishes include a tartare of sea bream accompanied by oyster cream and English wasabi; and white beetroot, baked in clay with caviar salt and smoked eel.
Born in Australia, Graham opened The Ledbury with the backing of his mentor Phil Howard back in 2005, when he was just 25. The dining room remains classic in feel and serves as a masterclass in relaxed yet polished service. Graham is a great talker – get him onto his passion projects such as raising livestock at his deer farm or the importance of an unobtrusive and relaxed service style, and you’ll know it – but he’s an even better cook.
The Australian is not one to parade around his west-London dining room, and eschews TV, books and international gourmet summits in favour of turning out exquisite dishes from his basement kitchen.