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Garden Bar and Grill (Bar, Restaurant)

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41 Bramley Rd, Notting Hill, London, W10 6SZ
Cuisine: Gastro Average Price: £15
Tel: 020 7229 1111 | Email to Garden Bar and Grill | Transport: Latimer Road | Write review

Garden Bar and Grill Review

The crowd in the bustling Garden Bar and Grill makes me feel youthful. I can tell I'm going to like this place. At 30, I'm one of the youngest, surrounded by suited folk in their early 30s and beyond, all clearly on comfortable incomes, stopping in on their way home from work. I don't work at the nearby Monsoon or Talk Talk offices and look positively shabby in comparison but don't feel at all out of place; As the night progresses, the sight of locals and regulars decked out in sports wear becomes more common.

The décor is like the clientele – its colonial contemporary feel exudes class without intimidation. A mishmash of conflicting styles from the colonial period comfortably blends like the tracksuits and ties: the walls are decorated with wooden panels and grand full length gold gilt mirrors; wooden blind slats cover the windows and two large Greek style urns house four tier lollypop trees, marking the entrance to a raised area with a bronze effect tiled floor, comfy looking Chesterfields and a cobbled-fronted fireplace.

Put in the corner like Dirty Dancing's “Baby”, sitting at a terracotta topped table, we feel like Peeping Toms with the perfect vantage point to watch without being seen. Pumping beats and the distant sound of nattering chums create a buzz without encroaching on conversation, although voices are raised in our lively chatter. Preoccupied with our problem solving, we finally remember to peruse the menu – a modest selection of standard gastropub dishes carefully selected, aiding fast decision-making, although still giving us plenty to think about.

The more friendly of our Jekyll and Hyde waitress duo helpfully selects a delicious extremely light Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa to accompany our enormous starters. My companion savours tasty grilled halloumi with roasted peppers on bruschetta with a generous side salad, while I tackle Italian salami accompanied by a stack of bread big enough to daunt the biggest bread lover.

Having showed uncharacteristic restraint by abandoning the majority of my bread pile, I'm ready for an enormous succulent aged steak smeared in melting garlic butter. Watching me chomp on my man-sized beef slab, my sidekick comments on the menu's disappointing lack of vegetarian options. Non-fish eaters would struggle but luckily my munching partner is happy with fishcakes, another substantial side salad and homemade tartare sauce - apparently tastier than the shop-brought “packaged sh*t”, thickened up with capers and gherkins.

As the evening dwindles so does the light in our dark ‘make-out’ corner and the DJ starts to set-up. Remembering where we are, we order our male substitutes for the evening - light moist chocolate fudge brownie perfectly offset by smooth vanilla ice cream. Plates virtually licked clean, our inquisitive nature takes us past the sign very directly stating ‘loo, to the garden to see what the restaurant is named after. A romantically lit Mediterranean style back terrace stretches out before us, alive with the merriment of partygoers who've hired this impressive space.

While the menu isn't groundbreaking, dishes are done well and reasonably priced. The Head Chef, Ari, is keen to please, offering a handful of new lunch specials every day and trying to “follow customer's” wishes, implying food can be tailored to suit. With its eclectic décor and clientele and no nonsense menu, The Garden Bar and Grill is the kind of place I might return to sample one of the all-day weekend barbecues - if the British weather ever decides to stabilise, that is!
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Customer Reviews for Garden Bar and Grill

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Shame as this place is a local bar, but shame about the staff. Waited ages to be served and when it came to servic - very poor. Won't be spending my hard earned cash there again. Change of management and staff - defo. Toilets could do with a clean every so often.”
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Sarah James, London (8 years 4 months 16 days ago)

“Had a great lunch here at the weekend, weather wasnt great but the waterway was!”
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Jemma Ray, London (8 years 6 months 8 days ago)

“Excellent food and atmosphere for a chilled Sunday afternoon/evening. The beer garden is the best feature of the pub. There is even an undercover section so you don't have to worry about the rain!! Highly recommended”
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Kate, [ Unknown ] (14 years 4 months 7 days ago)

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Food

We have an immensely talented kitchen team. Our food encompasses a European theme and we have several daily specials which utilise the freshest seasonal produce available from the market.

Updated 16/07/2009

Menu
We have an immensely talented kitchen team. Our food encompasses a European theme which includes classics such as Bangers and Mash, Salmon and Dill Fishcakes and Chicken Caesar Salad. We have five or six daily specials which utilise the freshest seasonal produce available from the market. All our food is freshly prepared.
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Drinks

We have a wide and extensive range of beer in both draft and bottles and a full range of premium spirits. Our wine list is extensive and covers all the major wine producing countries and grape varieties and also a few gems from lesser-known sources.

Updated 16/07/2009

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Garden Bar and Grill Opening Hours

Monday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Friday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Tuesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm    

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: Gastro
  • Average Price: £15
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Group: House Bars

Events and other great things going on at Garden Bar and Grill

The venue is available for private hire.

We have hosted many functions both large and small from a full scale charity music night to small and intimate birthday BBQs our garden marquee can accommodate upto 200.

We can arrange parties, corporate evenings and bespoke events for 40 - 400.

We have a Chelsea and Kensington wedding licence.

Updated 09/10/2012

Garden Bar and Grill Hire Details

We have the largest and without doubt the most beautiful garden in Nottinghill and central London.
We can arrange parties, corporate evenings and bespoke events for 20 to 400.

Updated 16/07/2009

Name: Garden Bar
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 100 / Min Bar Spend: £ 2000
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Optional
Capacity: 400
Notes: The entire venue can be hired for special occasions, we can provide BBQ or canapes or a full sit down meal. <br />We have a thatched cocktail bar in the Garden
Name: Garden Deck
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 100 / Min Bar Spend: £ 1000
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 120
Notes: We have a raised deck area at the rear of the garden with its own thatched bar and BBQ.

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