Notting-Hill Carnival time! 6 Of The Best Places to Eat
Notting-Hill is still as popular as it’s ever been, famous for its annual Notting-Hill carnival, Portobello Road market and its general edgy vibe.
It is also known for its eclectic array of cuisines. Notting-Hill is still a place to be seen, to be cool and hang out in.
Conde Nest Traveller cites The Ledbury as being one of London’s best restaurants, it has two Michelin stars that seem almost understated when you walk through the residential streets to find The Ledbury.
Designed in relaxing creams and browns it is intimate and expensive. The tasting menu will set you back at £165 for 6 courses at lunch (per head) and £195 for dinner and a further £100 (£130 evening menu) if you pair each wonderful dish with wine.
As typical with a restaurant of this calibre the menu seems wonderfully simple yet tastes as if the chef has been all over the world to acquire the ingredients. A fish lover’s delight with Cornish turbot with cherry blossom and trout from the Isle of Wight. We particularly loved the scallops from the Isle of Mull cooked with elderflower, gooseberry, and asparagus. If fish is not your thing try the delicious veal sweetbread with an optional Australian truffle, or Brett’s Iberian pork. There is something for everyone at The Ledbury and if you’re holding out for a sweet dish the English raspberry with fromage blanc, violet and Madagascan pepper will transcend you to heaven! The chef has made a huge effort to buy mainly British ingredients that are seasonal and ever changing. The Semillon was knowledgeable and paired each dish to perfection making us feel very tipsy at the end of our meal. We give The Ledbury 5 out of 5 stars for atmosphere, food quality and service.
It is well worth breaking the bank balance to eat at The Ledbury and we would love to see your reviews and food pics on the Foodsnapp app!
Address: 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ
A weird yet delicious combination of Italian/Mediterranean food mixed with Japanese, sounds odd but this former Michelin star chef Andrianos Poulis who made his name at the Cornerstone in Hackney has really gone the extra mile to create taste sensations.
Kuro-Eatery is also the perfect hideaway to relax from the hustle and bustle of Portobello Road. Kuro is an urban hideaway that is also known for its coffee shop and bakery.
Our favourite dish from the menu is smoked cod roe for starter and the lumina lamb Yakitori with mint truffle for main or if you’re a pasta addict the Trofie Pasta with watercress, aged Manchego, and Bottarga is to die for. Dessert is interesting, Crème Caramel with fish sauce and pine nuts giving a truly unique twist on a French favourite. Both lunch and dinner menus are the same, starters from £8-£11 and mains from £15 to £30 so very reasonably priced. Open 6 days a week, closed on a Monday.
Address: 5 Hillgate Street, Notting-Hill W8 7SP
A delightful restaurant to see and be seen in, with the likes of A listers such as George Clooney and his wife Amal, Kate Moss, David Beckham and Idris Elba to name but a few. It’s not hard to see that quality combined with elegance is a huge hit amongst the famous and coolest names in the capital.
The interior is plush pinks and greens with an art deco 20’s ambiance. The cuisine is modern European and cooked in an open kitchen for all to see.
The Laylow offers snacks as well as starters and mains, our must have are, the burrata starter with tomatoes and pesto, followed by grilled salmon, Almalfi lemon with pickled cucumber and spring greens. Two courses will set you back £40 per head with a side and if you can’t resist a pudding burnt cheesecake and strawberry is rumoured to be the most favourite dessert amongst the A-listers, desserts are from £8-10.
Each dish is colourful and creative with an interior that will inspire a FoodSnapp moment.
The great thing about Laylow is you can have dinner and pop downstairs to the basement to see a show (book in advance).
Address: 10 Goldborne Road, Notting-Hill London W10 5PE
Situated on Portobello Road, famed for it’s raving reviews and tropical ambiance, scoring 4.6 overall on Opentable.
Gold only opened in 2019 and has already made a huge impression on locals and visitors to Notting-Hill. Gold is set over four floors with inside and outside dining and a late bar.
Simple ingredients packed full of taste, portions are bold and generous. Chef Theo Hill insists on seasonal produce cooked in wood ovens in an understated yet stylish interior reminiscent of the blues and greens of the Mediterranean.
The menu is divided into five sections: Raw, Charcuterie & Cheese, Salads, Vegetables and Plates. Gold is perfect for sharers we highly recommend the octopus carpaccio from the raw category, burrata with charred pear, Tuscan ham in a balsamic dressing from Cheese & Charcuterie, the feta cherries, radicchio with shallots and balsamic from the salad options, the wood roasted sweet potato from the vegetables and the wood roasted sea bream with wild oregano and capers from plates. This mouth-watering menu has something for everyone and is reasonably priced between £26-40 per head. The late-night crowd can drink throughout the night with an array of cocktails, well-chosen wines, and a variety of beers.
Address: 95-97 portobello Road, Notting-Hill London W11 2QB
Set across three floors in a backstreet townhouse, Akub only opened its doors in January 2023. Despite being a newcomer to the Notting-Hill scene it has been welcoming lovers of Palestinian food from right across London. The whole restaurant is inviting with a glass roofed dining room, a heated outdoor courtyard and a cosy intimate bar.
Hotelier and chef, Fadi Kattan created a menu inspired by his childhood memories in Bethlehem, combining traditional home-made Palestinian food with a contemporary twist. All ingredients are sourced seasonally from Britain, the food is sensational and the presentation is modern and enticing.
Menus are comprised of A la Carte and brunch. The bread selection is vast we recommend the spiced focaccia or the ultimate bread selection with coriander tahinia or green shatta. The rest of the menu is divided into categories of land sea and meat. Palestinian food is designed to be indulgent, a banquet to be shared and enjoyed together. Try to pick from each category and you will create the perfect Palestinian meal. We chose the Mafghoussa from ‘Land’ a mouth-watering combination of courgettes, garlic yoghurt, pine nuts and mint. From ‘Sea’ we ordered the Langoustine Zibdiyyeh that was beautifully cooked and presented. From ‘Meat’ try the Short Rib Fatteh which is slow cooked beef, garlic yoghurt, pomegranate and more focaccia, every taste bud tingled in culinary heaven. If you are a group of 5 or more we suggest ordering two to three options from each category. If you still have room for more they serve the traditional Baklawa but with a healthy twist of yoghurt or try our favourite Hibeh Baba consisting of funugreek and cardamom baba with whipped cream and pistachios.
We left very full and determined to come back for more, it was definitely a FoodSnapp worthy moment as the presentation was superb!
Opened 6 days a week, closed on Mondays. £25-45 per head.
Address: 27 Uxbridge Street, London W8 7TQ
The Princess Royal
Part of a chain of very fancy pubs scattered throughout Chelsea, Mayfair and Marylebone by Cubitt House.
The princess Royal sits proud in Notting-Hill, a place where the refined West Londoners hang out. Elegant clientele frequent the Princess Royal, beautifully groomed pooches sit in bags or gracefully laid out by their owners feet whilst they sip on a glass of Rosé to watch the world go by.
The Princess Royal has four boutique style hotel rooms all named after female members of the monarchy, the whole place has been restored offering a beautiful conservatory and two terraces designed by the famous Jinny Blom, gardens here are plush and beautifully designed. Although described as a “pub” this is not your typical British boozer, the menu serves Mediterranean seafood, with a few meat and roast dishes, from chef Ben Tish of Norma in Fritzrovia.
The menu is exquisitely composed of Sicilian flavours with Moorish boldness that makes each dish satisfying, memorable and wanting more. What’s really impressive is that every ingredient has been locally sourced in Britain. For fish lovers this is the place to be, the raw bar displays daily specials and lots of oysters. The A la carte menu is divided into snacks, small plates, large plates, and roasts. We tried one from each section, nibbling on focaccia with extra virgin olive oil from ‘snacks’ whilst waiting for our small plate of burrata with stone fruit ketchup, hazelnut dukkah and wood sorrel, I’m a big fan of burrata and this was by far one of the best I’ve ever tasted. My colleague had a small plate of confit beef shin croquettes with burnt apple and black garlic sauce, the only words he muttered was “mmm, I love this job”.
From the raw bar the dill cured trout with Neal’s Yard cremé fraiche and apple is delicious, refreshing and reminded me of a hot summer’s day in Portofino harbour. From large plates we recommend the Angus beef burger packed with burnt onion relish, mustard mayonnaise and an added extra bit of pancetta. For fish lovers the grilled whole day boat fish with sweet and sour tomatoes was light but filling, simple, and full of flavour. There are plenty of options for vegetarians and a kids menu. Based on two courses price is between £35-60 per head, but because the food is packed with flavour and nutrition a lot of the regulars just choose a dish from the raw bar or a small plate for around £15.00.
The Princess Royal is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday roasts 7 days a week.
Address: 47 Hereford Road, Notting-Hill London W2 2AH