Notting Hill restaurants, breakfasts, lunches, pubs, bars, cafés and more.
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From plush and pricey eateries to Caribbean influences and fried chicken, Notting Hill’s food scene — like its population — is pretty diverse. Our guide cuts out the overpriced tourist traps to reveal character-filled pubs, local lunch spots, international dining and enough rum to fuel a carnival.
NOTE: We’re loosely describing Notting Hill as the area west of Queensway, east of Ladbroke Grove, north of High Street Kensington and south of the Westway. All venues are within easy walking distance of Notting Hill Gate station.
If the weekend queues are anything to go by then Granger & Co on Westbourne Grove could be the nation’s top breakfast and brunch spot, let alone Notting Hill’s. Daylesford Organic, on the same street, is also an excellent — if somewhat pricey — option for anything from Bircher muesli and cold-pressed juices to fresh pastries or a farmhouse fry-up. Mike’s Café on Blenheim Crescent is a traditional caff offering a more wallet friendly and hefty-sized Full English, while Lowry & Baker on Portobello Road serves top notch Monmouth coffee along with simple morning food including their own mix of granola and eggs on sourdough.
For quick lunches there’s a small selection of street food — particularly Moroccan and Middle Eastern — on Portobello and Golborne Roads of a weekday and plenty of a weekend. Books For Cooks on Blenheim Crescent serves a good value menu of the day (there's no choice and no bookings) cooked from a chosen recipe book. You can also grab a falafel wrap from the ever-popular Falafel King, a Jamaican-tinged burger from Boom Burger or a chippie lunch from George’s Fish Bar on Portobello Road.
As one of London’s key going out areas, Notting Hill offers plenty of choice when it comes to restaurants. Global highlights include Al Waha, one of London’s best Lebanese restaurants; smart Indian Chakra; dim sum at trendy E&O; rustic Spanish tapas at Galicia; Caribbean at Rum Kitchen; Mazi, which is one of the city’s best modern Greek restaurants; Italian fish restaurant Pescheria Mattiucci; French bistro Bloody French; fried chicken at Moral Fox and resolutely British venues Hereford Road and The Shed.
Something special — fine dining
Set on a Notting Hill backstreet, Michelin two-starred French restaurant The Ledbury is one of the nation’s best eateries — it was ranked 10th best restaurant in the world at the prestigious World’s 50 Best Awards. Pan-European restaurant Marianne, which is run by 2009 MasterChef contestant Marianne Lumb and has only 14 covers, is another top choice for a special occasion. Clever French and Algerian-inspired fusion cooking marks Wormwood out for praise, while you could also consider the wonderful by wallet-hurting Japanese The Shiori and opinion-dividing fine-dining paleolithic venue Pure Taste.
The Mall Tavern on Palace Gardens Terrace is the area’s top spot for a traditional Sunday roast or nostalgic, gutsy dishes cooked with style any day of the week. The Prince Albert on Pembridge Road and The Sun In Splendour on Portobello Road are also safe bets, and both come with pleasant gardens for sunnier days. Bumpkin on Westbourne Park Road, part of a small chain, offers very good British grub.
There are two destination coffee spots on Portobello Road — Coffee Plant, which roasts a variety of beans on site for impressively rich, complex and rounded coffees, and Talkhouse which serves outstanding espressos in relaxed surrounds. You’ll also be well catered for at Lowry & Baker on the same street and Kitchen & Pantry on Elgin Crescent.
Notting Hill’s best pubs include the charmingly cluttered and OTT The Churchill Arms, which also serves very good Thai food, and The Windsor Castle which has a rural charm, good ale, an open fire and a beer garden. Visit our good-pub database to see more recommendations in the area.
Once a shabby boozer, we’d now consider the Portobello Star — where Portobello Gin used to be made — more of a bar. After all, it’s the cocktails you’d come for. The proudly kitsch and endlessly fun Trailer Happiness is one of the capital’s best places for tiki cocktails and rum (plus there’s Rum Kitchen if you want some more), while Mexican bar Crazy Homies towards Westbourne Park is the place to go for tequila. Notting Hill Gate spot Little Yellow Door brings a taste of an east London speakeasy to the west, while Negozia Classica at the intersection of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove deals in excellent Italian wines and spritz
The Arts Club on Notting Hill Gate is open until 2am most weekdays. Café Diana on Wellington Terrace towards Queensway isn’t all that special, but does tend to be open when you want it — from early breakfasts to late kebabs.
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