The Ledbury was name the #14 restaurant in the world in 2016 and in 2017, the restaurants dropped 10 spots to 27. Regardless, the Ledbury is one the best restaurants in the world and I had the good fortune of eating dinner there when I was in London.
After researching London restaurants, I was decided that our haute meal on vacation would be The Ledbury and as luck had it, I managed to snag the absolute very last reservation available the week we were there. SCORE.
We arrived at 9 pm for our reservation. The restaurant is, what I like to call, cozy modern. Warm woods with modern touches, I was happy to see comfortable high backed chairs. After a day of walking and touring London it was nice to sit in a comfortable dinning chair while enjoying a meal I had waited three months, with much anticipation, to eat.
The meal started with Canapés.
Guinea fowl puff with jelly (left), Smoked mussels puree on a crisp (right)
Warm Muntjac (that’s Bambi folks) dumpling.
The canapés set the mood and pace of the meal. All three bites were rich and decant. The next courses were paced over 3 hours.
Violet Artichokes and Walnuts with Foie Gras cream
Bread with goat’s whey and molasses
Beetroot, caviar salt and smoked eel
Warm Pheasant’s Egg, celeriac, arbois, dried ham and truffle.
This was my favorite dish of the night. It was a truffle BOMB. It was salty and rich and 100% decadent.
Aged pigeon, Figs and Vegetables
Aubergine, black tea and olives with a grilled leek
Did we need it, no. Did we want it, hell yes.
Dark Chocolate Chantilly and Mint Sorbet
This was one of the better fine dining deserts I have ever eaten. The mint sorbet was out of this world.
Buttermilk marshmallow, hibiscus & verbena donuts (that I apparently could not wait to eat before taking a photo).
The meal took well over thee hours and we commenced eating well after midnight. We were one of two tables left at the restaurant, but never felt rushed. The service was always courteous and attentive. The wine pairings were well chosen, appropriately poured and complimented each course.
I very much enjoyed each bite. My sister, a less adventurous eater than me, tried even dish. She embraced new flavors and devoured many of the dishes.
My choice to eat at The Ledbury was bullseye correct. Not only was the meal memorable but the dining experince added to the memories of our trip to London.
127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill
London W11 2AQ