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 THE BEST FOOD IN
NOTTING HILL

A LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF

NOTTING HILL’S FINEST PLACES TO FEED YOUR FACE

Follow this food trail through the colourful streets of West London to find the Best Food in Notting Hill.

From plush and pricey eateries to street-side crepe stalls and Caribbean fried chicken, Notting Hill’s food scene is pretty diverse. Just like the vibrant mix-n-match of celebrities, artists, yuppies, expats and families that have gravitated to the area in waves since long before Hugh Grant’s floppy hair and awkward oopsy-daisies put that blue door on the map. With so many food options to choose from there’s no harm in having this little black book of the best food in Notting Hill. Tasteless train wrecks can definitely happen, even with the magic of Hugh Grant’s hair in the air.

The appetites of the cosmopolitan population of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are well catered for in the culinary stakes but this guide to finding foodie bliss separates the best of Notting Hill from the rest. Discover the best breakfast haunts, trendy local hot spots, an organic option that’s not just for the health nuts, a michelin starred experience, a “take-away” mecca with a window display so sweet it melts my heart, London’s best coffee and enough rum to fuel a carnival. Bon Appetite!

THE BEST BREAKFAST (AND COFFEE)

GRANGER & CO

Address: 175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB

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t is always really annoying when one of your favourite breakfast hang outs, also happens to be everyone else’s. Often sporting queues that clog the footpath at weekends, if the volume of brunchers waiting in a line 12 deep at 10am is any indication, Granger & Co could be the nation’s top breakfast and brunch spot, not just Notting Hill’s.

If you’re a coffee guru, a Melbournian coffee kid, or in fact on any quest for decent caffeine, Granger & Co is the go, no questions asked. The breakfast menu is first-class; you cannot go past the corn fritters with crispy bacon & avocado salsa; Unless you’re Australian, then thou shall probably select the vegemite on toasted sour dough and love it. Bill Granger is something of a national treasure in Australia and his famous ricotta pancakes with banana and honeycomb butter bring brunchers to Granger & Co from far and wide, so too do the creamy scrambled eggs. If you’re into your liquid nutrition, the Bill’s Raw (a blended almond milk, banana, cacao concoction) is bliss. In fact everything on the menu is fresh, fairly healthy and definitely cool – just like a good Australian should be.

THE ORGANIC BRUNCH

DAYLESFORD ORGANIC

Address: 208-212 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH

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t might look like Notting Hill is hoarding all the best breakfast spots by the time you’ve taken note of all the options on this list of the best food in Notting Hill.  W11 might be famous for the Notting Hill Carnival and

 

of course, that Richard Curtis film, but it’s also home to a pretty famous farm shop that’s back in business and basking in all it’s post-renovation glory. Beckoning you in to buy your groceries, have brunch or get a bit of retail therapy, you’ll find the Daylesford Organic Farmshop & Cafe just down the road from Granger & Co, on Westbourne Grove.

Dishing up delicious organic produce straight from their farm to your fork, this cafe-come-shop-come-grocery store is an exemplary showcase for an eco-fabulous lifestyle. You’ll find everything from fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, soups, salads, sweets and meat to bath products, homewares, honey-haired yummy mummies holding babies and a partridge in a pear tree. If you’re full to the brim and can’t squeeze in a seriously swoon worthy streaky bacon roll with homemade brown sauce, head downstairs to mooch around for bits and bobs for the house, or check out the salad bar for something light to lunch on later. As far as local food stores go, the Notting Hillbillies are slobberingly grateful Daylesford is back in business (just slightly less solvent).

THE TRENDY DINER

ELECTRIC DINER

Address: 191 Portobello Road,
 London, W11 2ED

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ivide opinion it might, but that doesn’t seem to stop Electric Diner’s clientele from lining up to swamp the restaurant’s comfortable booths, every single day of the week. Some say it’s a bit swanky, but I’d say we expect no less from a Soho House establishment and if you want to park your ass in a popular Portobello hang out with a menu that can’t really go wrong, this place is perfect.

Have a hearty breakfast, sip a smoothie, stay for lunch and plough through some Franco-American diner food. The option to stick round for dinner and a drink or ten is always there if you’re in for the long haul and don’t won’t to go home till the wee hours of the morning. Electric does it all; it’s delicious and it definitely ain’t your average diner. It’s electric. Smack bang in the middle of all the action on Portobello Road this place is prime real estate to refuel before you hit more market stalls.

THE DANISH CAFE

SNAPS + RYE

Address: 93 Golborne Road, London W10 5NL

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ou might not have the faintest idea what the deal is with Danish tucker when you walk into this cool Golborne Road cafe, but by the time you’ve sampled some of these sandwiches, smørrebrød, meatballs and akvavit you’ll definitely be down with Danish classics and on the Snaps + Rye bandwagon, along with half of London.

It might be the new kid on the block, but serving sensational food in a fashionable Scandi-style setting, this Danish café has taken the hip, Golborne Road crowd by storm. Snaps + Rye may be a small space but it seems to be kind of a big deal round these parts. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch with dishes based on Danish classics, the options include porridge dish Øllebrød, Nordic rice pancakes with liquorice syrup, home-marinated herring, home-pickled beetroot and the more familiar dish of smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. Don’t knock it before you’ve tried it. Scandinavian cuisine is in and Danish isn’t being done better than this anywhere in London.

FOODIE HEAVEN YOU CAN TAKE AWAY

OTTOLENGHI

Address: 63 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AD

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h Ottolenghi Notting Hill… The place where it all started for this London legend. One look at what’s available here and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d died and gone to foodie heaven. Celebrity chef and part-time food writer Yotam Ottolenghi’s little café has oodles of charm, sans any stuffiness. The food is seriously exceptional. There’s a great selection of mouthwatering salads, sweets, produce and meats piled artfully on platters all over the counter. There’s so much to choose from but it’s often the famous pastries and superb cakes that steal the show. Given the reasonable prices it’s practically impossible to leave without a couple.

There’s a large table down the back if you want to eat there but there isn’t much space, and no toilet.  Not ideal. But that’s hardly a concern if you’re happy to grab take away and savour your selection somewhere further away from the cake display. It’s probably a better idea for the waistline anyway. One is just never enough here…

GROWN, COOKED & SERVED WITH LOVE, LOCALLY

THE SHED

Address: 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RT

From a distance, with its white wooden cladding and pitched roof, this restaurant does look suspiciously like a shed. It actually could be, but that just adds to its rustic charisma. I’d recommend it to absolutely everyone who finds themselves this side of Hyde Park. The plates of hummus, chorizo, colourful carrots and all varieties of meat are cooked to tender perfection. Everything that leaves the kitchen is mouthwateringly delicious and designed to be shared (and fought over) like tapas.

It’s homely and wholesome food, the service is brilliant and the kitchen doesn’t keep you waiting; the food’s always on your fork fast. The pokey stools arranged around barrel tables inside aren’t lounges you’d want to spend the rest of your life negotiating, but the minute you take your first mouthful you’ll forget all about it and feel like you’re at a fabulous farmhouse even though you’re 200 metres from Notting Hill Gate. The menu changes regularly but the dishes are cooked with love and feature ingredients sourced from their younger brother’s farm in Sussex and other local suppliers. Don’t you dare leave without trying the lamb chips or the hummus with dukkah and heritage carrots.

SOMETHING ‘MICHELIN STAR’ SPECIAL

THE LEDBURY

Address: 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ

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or those looking for something a little bit special and wanting to sample some of Britain’s most prized gastronomic delights, book a table at The Ledbury. A Notting Hill institution with the lofty claim to two Michelin Stars, the Ledbury takes its food very seriously. Head chef, Brett Graham, and his highly skilled team present a menu and a dining experience that impresses even the fussiest of taste buds.

The surroundings are swanky but busy and full of energy, and the prices can be eye-watering, but for special occasions or a posh treat, there’s simply nothing that compares to it in the area.  From the ceviche of scallops with cucumber, kohlrabi and seaweed to the blade of beef with parsnips and pickled walnuts or brill with brown crab and new potatoes, Ledbury loves to deliver artfully plated exquisite dishes. It is after all fine dining, and it’s fabulous. Ranked 10th best restaurant in the world at the World’s 50 Best Awards, this is the best fine dining experience in Notting Hill and unquestionably home to some of the best food in Notting Hill.

BEST ‘BRITISH’ FOOD

HEREFORD ROAD

Address: 3 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB

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estled on the cusp of Bayswater and Notting Hill, Hereford Road is one of the capital’s best places to sample modern British cooking. It’s well worth the trip off Portobello Road.  The seasonal produce is sourced nationally and cooked to perfection; simple ingredients like pork, mackerel and rabbit come to the table having being transformed into culinary gold at the hand of head chef Tom Pemberton.

Hereford Road is a small and unassuming restaurant but the service is fantastic and the food, divine. Not over-complicated. Interesting combinations are cooked brilliantly and carried to the tables of loyal locals who can’t get enough of anything Pemberton plates up.  If you have a sweet tooth save space for dessert. Holy smokes the sweets are glorious; the fact the menu changes daily just makes it more tempting to pop past every night and sample something different.

Have I missed your favourite spot? Let me know in the comments below! Check out Back to Buckley’s guide to the best vintage shopping in Notting Hill while you’re at it. 

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