Notting Hill: Guide to the Best Restaurants. The ultra-cool area of Notting Hill is often overlooked as a London destination for eating. The Notting Hill Carnival is a highlight during the summer bank holiday, the Portobello Market is a huge draw on most weekends and bars & clubs always a big attraction. You may be surprised at the quality of cuisine that Notting Hill offers but we're here to help you!
Notting Hill / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
A back alley, a hidden entrance, is this someone's house or a side garage of some kind? Oh wait, it's only one of the best restaurants in the whole of London! Keep it a secret because there's not much room to twirl at cat in The Shed but getting cosy and wearing a constant smug smile is what this place is all about. For truly inspiring seasonal British food, that has been passed between three brothers (the farmer, the chef, and the restaurant manager who serves the food), from a menu that will have you back through the door within weeks.
Notting Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: Burgers
In 2014, the best burger ever finally jumped from street food/pop-up status to full time resident of London. Hallelujah! Young chef Josh de Lisser brought a Jamaican twist to London's burger scene. The restaurant holds 25 covers inside, another 20 outside and also offers takeaways - perfect for the Portobello Market crowds. Caribbean flavours are key to the Boom Burger experience, and so plantain fries are served alongside the standard potato variety, house mayo is pepped up with Scotch Bonnets, and the traditional chicken burger is replaced by a Jerk Burger, complete with papaya and mango sauce and fried plantain.
Notting Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
This café and bar (pictured above) merges city chic with a calm rural influence. A short stroll from Kensington Gardens, this hotspot serves up stylish restaurant fare with a laid back rustic edge. Diners can enjoy honest British cuisine using locally sourced produce, with a focus on Grab and Go items, sharing platters and smaller grazing dishes that can be enjoyed as a light bite or tapas-style. Menu items range from quinoa and goat's cheese, and hot smoked salmon salads, to home-baked pastries, cakes and open sandwiches, such as roast gammon and English new potato salad on spelt bread or buttered London sourdough.
Notting Hill / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Seafood
Since first opening in 1939, Geales restaurant has been a neighbourhood favourite among Notting HIl locals, serving quality fish & chips. In 2007, the famous fish & chippy re-launched with a new look and new menu, but still retaining the British chip-shop mentality - fresh fish, no frills & fabulous service. The glamorous champagne bar is the perfect spot to indulge in Duchy of Cornwall oysters & a glass of Ruinart champagne. All fish are sustainable & locally-sourced within the UK.
Notting Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: Italian
Piccola Cucina has built up a great reputation in New York, Miami, Italy and Ibiza for serving deliciously authentic food in a homely, cosy setting. This intimate and delightful restaurant has been brought to the UK by Andrea Reitano delivering fresh food from Italy daily, ensuring true Italian flavours throughout from the oil to the coffee. The menu will include Sicilian, Italian and Mediterranean specialties, including tuna tartare with avocado, grilled Involtino of Sicilian swordfish, pasta a la norma with aubergine and tomatoes, and Vermicelli with Mediterranean lobster, alongside succulent grilled meats. This is paired with an elegant wine list that focusses on Italian regionals.
Notting Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: Cafe
Wildflower Café is an all-day family friendly restaurant serving fuss-free food and fresh flowers in a friendly atmosphere. Every aspect of this unique restaurant-come-florist is based on the same refreshingly simple policy - fresh seasonal produce, locally sourced wherever possible, allowed to speak for itself. This is apparent in everything from the hand-tied bouquets and potted plants sold in the pavement florist to the interior's understated upcycled design and the irresistible menus. All the dishes are freshly prepared from responsibly sourced, GM-free ingredients, inspired not by particular cuisines but by the produce itself - used only when in season.
Notting Hill / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Tapas
La Gitana is located in the heart of Bayswater and aims to showcase traditional home-style tapas, made with the finest ingredients and the love of cheeky Jerez-born Chef. With many of the dishes hailing from the region of Andalucia, La Gitana caters for all tastes offering classics such as carrillada (slow cooked pork cheeks), habas con jamon (broad beans with ham) and pincho moruno (marinated chicken skewer). to drink, the restaurant has the fantastic selection of Spanish wine, sherry or an authentic Andalucian Alhambra beer.
Snaps & Rye
Notting Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: Scandinavian
Snaps & Rye is a contemporary Danish kitchen and takeaway serving classic Scandinavian cuisine with dishes such as Smorrebrod on homemade organic rye bread with toppings, along with a selection of cured fish, meatballs and salads. The menu is complemented by Tuborg beer, Akvavit cocktails and house-infused Akvavit snaps. The light-filled interiors have been designed in the Nordic-style with lye-treated pine flooring, solid oak counters and 1950's Louis Poulsen PH lamps. There is a curated collection of Danish books, home accessories and food available to buy, including Anne Black crockery, Flensted mobiles and Lakrids liquorice.
Notting Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: English
John Doe is a smokehouse concept developed by four friends who share a passion for sustainably sourced and wild British ingredients. There is a venison focus to the daily changing menu, complemented with a diverse range of seasonal dishes. The restaurant is uniquely gas free using ovens, grills and smoking units fuelled by sustainable English charcoal and wood from renewable forests to cook the wild ingredients. Beer is brought to the restaurant as a key part of the offering, driven by the historical combination of game and beer, and given the same attention as the artisan wine list.
Notting Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: Fusion
Casa Cruz is the first London restaurant from respected South American restaurateur and designer, Juan Santa Cruz. The Notting Hill restaurant is set over two floors in a converted Victorian pub. The menu is predominantly European, with Argentine influences, and starters include wild sea bass crudo and artichokes with lemon and olive oil, available alongside main dishes including charcoal grilled monkfish. Argentine steaks are of course a highlight, with the very best grass-fed meat being imported from Argentina, but British fish and game, and French poultry is equally championed.
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