Think Notting Hill and you most likely think of the either the carnival or floppy haired Hugh Grant looking at Julia Roberts like a lost puppy, there’s so much more to W11 though, especially when it comes to food. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite places from vegan hang outs and neighbourhood wine bars to Mexican restaurants and classic fish and chips, here are 11 top places in Notting Hill you can’t afford to miss:
Kensington Park Road is a hot spot for great restaurants but for something a little more exotic, try Peyotito. The modern Mexican eatery is the little sister of Mayfair’s Peyoto and is a hot favourite. The margaritas come with a mini bottle of mezcal in spicy rimmed glasses and match the punchiness of tacos, enchiladas and ceviche. Just make sure you save room for the churros…
Your Go-To Brunch
Eggbreak is the egg-obsessed brunch spot on Uxbridge Road, positioned on a slightly quieter side street. Two floors of seating mean you can almost guarantee getting a seat – unlike many of the popular places nearby. The decor is no frills but the food is anything but and you can get your brunchy fix from 8am right through until 10pm although the menu changes slightly at midday. We love the corn cakes (spinach, poached eggs and sriracha hollandaise) and the McMuffin (sausage patty, fried egg, American cheese and sambal).
Booze and Grub
A couple of minutes from Notting Hill Gate tube, The Mall Tavern is a watering hole with sophisticated yet hearty food. A garden is a secret sun trap for the summer months whilst a cosy beer cellar has recently been transformed into a private dining area (one of 3) which can host beer tastings. It’s a pub with a difference but does a mean Yorkshire pudding so if you’re on the area and it’s Sunday, give them a visit.
Fish and Chips
If, when you think of fish and chips, you think of a hunk of (beef dripping-battered) cod with (chunky triple cooked) chips, minted peas and tartare sauce, then The Chipping Forecast will be a favourite. Fish is sustainably caught and you can check out the port/boat details on the blackboard if you are interested in where your food came from. You can ask for scraps too – and they’re complimentary – and if you prefer your fish grilled, deep fried in oil seed rape or to be coated in gluten free beer batter or Panko breadcrumbs then that’s fine too.
Independent Gift Shop and Cafe
If you want a little more with your coffee than a packed coffee shop and the odd complimentary newspaper then Pedlars will appeal. A small independent shop selling vintage homeware and stationery, head trough to the back for a sit down or grab a takeaway coffee from the front as you stock up on birthday presents.
Cocotte is the heathy rotisserie restaurant on Westbourne Grove that will satisfy anyone with a craving for chicken. The chicken is free-range and comes from a farm in France before being marinated for 24-hours in Cocotte’s secret recipe of herbs and spices. Choose your chicken (full, half or quarter), add on your sides (mac and cheese, salads or potatoes) and pick a sauce (BBQ, garlic mayo, gravy, truffle mayo). Food is available to eat in or to takeaway, if you just can’t face cooking.
Gladwin Brother's Restaurant
Run by the Gladwin brothers (Rabbit, Nutbourne) , The Shed, is a slice of the countryside in Notting Hill. Making the most of seasonal, foraged and local produce, the menu includes the likes of black pudding with labneh, apple and Guinness and beef cigars with Shed mustard and tarragon, and 55 day-aged rump beef, with onions, mushrooms, beetroot and whole cave Cheddar. Wine comes from the family vineyard in Nutbourne, West Sussex and cocktails include English Negronis and salted caramel espressos – drink them at the tractor bonnet bar. It’s the perfect place for a midweek supper.
Where: 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, London, W8 4RT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate (0.2 miles)
For Your Health Boost
Notting Hill, it’s known yummy mummies most likely sipping a green juice, but whether you’re a yummy mummy or not, when it comes to green juices and all round healthy food then head over to Farmacy. The menu offers the likes of burgers, cinnamon rolls and calzone – yep it doesn’t sound particularly healthy, but it is when we tell you that the burger is made from millet, black bean and mushroom served with garlic aioli, goji ketchup, avocado, pickles, tomato, potato chips and wholemeal vegan bun. Likewise the cinnamon roll is made with kamut and spelt flour. Open from breakfast through to dinner, the menu is full of vibrant, healthy and comforting dishes and support vegan, vegetarian and dairy free diets and those looking to cut out refined sugars and additives and chemicals.
Japanese and Nordic Dining
On the edge of Holland Park, restaurant Flat Three’s adventurous menu brings together Japanese, Nordic and Korean ingredients and flavours. Choose from their seven course tasting menu or order sharing style. Dishes include the likes of smoked sand carrot, miso and ground elder; scallops with smoked wagyu fat and ginger, and chocolate cake with porcini fudge and dandelion coffee.
Neighbourhood Wine Bar
There has been a wine bar on the site of Six Portland Road since the 1960s. Some Londoners might remember it as Tethers back in the seventies, others may know it by its more recent name of Hollands Wine Bar. Now, it is a 36 cover restaurant with a teeny bar, dishes include the likes of rabbit, pork and green peppercorn terrine and braised lamb neck, pearl barley, peas, turnips and radishes. Or stick to its roots and just drop by for a glass of wine.
Trade the Italian riviera for the blue and white tablecloths of Piccola Cucina, the restaurant that already has sites in New York, Miami, Italy and Ibiza. The menu is sophisticated yet authentic and they know their stuff when it comes to seafood – think tuna tartare, octopus salad and seafood pasta. It isn’t cheap so bear that in mind but if it’s an understated spot you’re after then it hits the mark.