Whether you’re drinking tea with Hugh Grant, telling someone you’re “just a girl, standing in front of boy, asking him to love her,” or styling it out at Europe’s biggest street festival, there’s always something going on down in little ol’ Notting Hill. As well as movies being filmed and parties being had there are various eateries asking for you to dine in them. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Vegans, listen up, because you’d be a buffoon not to tick this restaurant off your list. Quite literally a sanctuary for catering to all your plant based needs, Farmacy is the brainchild of Camilla Fayed opening in 2016 on Westbourne Grove between Notting Hill and Bayswater. The menu and concept was undeniably ahead of its game when it came about a few years ago, with a smorgasbord of seasonal, nutritional and sustainable flavours on offer.
Fast forward a fair few years and Farmacy really plays into the 21st century trope of experimental flavours and vegan food advancement, championing alternative and lesser-known flavours including CBD cocktails and an adaptogenic latte made with reishi, chaga, ho shu wu, maca, vanilla protein powder and coconut milk. Also expect vegan curry and some of the more moreish Mac ‘n’ cheese going.
Great for: Those who are living that vegan life, quirky coffees and chilled vibes
Where: 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH
It can’t be denied, Clare Smyth as been making waves on the culinary front as of late. Yet, this is perhaps unsurprising seeing as her debut restaurant secured two Michelin stars pretty sharpish after the opening. She previously ran Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and he didn’t call her an idiot sandwich during any of her time there – success! Now, she’s at the helm of her restaurant, Core, which is an intimate dining space with an emphasis on natural, sustainable fare sourced from the UK’s most dedicated farmers and food producers. You’ll find highlights including buttery skate with Morecambe bay shrimps and citrussy duck with nectarine, with a real emphasis on British, artisanal food.
Great for: British cuisine, elegant interiors and being in the same space as someone who survived the wrath of Ramsay.
Where: Notting Hill Brasserie, 92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN
What’s up Chucs? Westbourne Grove is home to the Italian that has Notting Hill talking. Served up in a bistro, Chucs is the place where you’ll find all the traditional Italian dishes you need and sleek, luxurious interiors with pictures on the wall that will entice the nomad in you. Let your taste buds explore their many venues from Chucs Mayfair to Chucs Saint-Tropez.
Great for: A touch of class and Italian food
Where: 226 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH
Farm Girl injects a slice of antipodean in the city with its holistic vibe and Melbourne-inspired brunch culture. Inside you’ll find a large importance put on coffee and healthy food that doesn’t compromise on flavour; expect locally farmed ingredients and vegan influence in the form of vegan mayonnaise used in their signature Jackfruit Tacos. Whet your whistle on Instagrammable, hand-crafted cocktails and wander back to Notting Hill Gate – a stone’s throw from the eatery – to tube to your next destination. Farm Girl Cafe has various outposts across the city, all of which are proof of the restaurants success.
Great for: Healthy eating, antipodean food and brunching
Where: 59A Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB
The utterly A-Mazi-ng restaurant that is Mazi champions updated Greek cooking in a rustic setting. Mazi in Greek means ‘together,’ and that’s replicated via the restaurants’ communal atmosphere. Plates are shared, as are tit bits of chatter whilst guests enjoy the large selection of wine and Greek fare.
Great for: Greek food, sharing plates and a buzzy vibe.
Where: 12-14 Hillgate Street, Kensington, W8 7SR
With more than a decade and two Michelin Stars under its belt, The Ledbury has become a Notting Hill institution. Which is good, because like all institutions you’ll want to be associated with it.
The restaurant, a quiet sanctum of fine dining is the creation of Australian chef Brett Graham and, along with a team headed by head chef Jake Leach, the food really is something special. Leach, who came from Simon Rogan’s Fera at Claridge’s, has maintained an incredibly high standard making this a destination worth visiting.
Great for: No trip to Notting Hill is complete without a slap-up brunch there.
Where: 127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ
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