Launceston Place
1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
Latest critic review: November 07, 2012
Critics' score: 7 out of 10

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Joe Warwick Metro
Reviewed on November 07, 2012
"Whether you rate the Michelin Guide’s findings or not, Allen’s cooking deserves the attention and, given more time to settle into his smart, new London home, it should only get better." READ REVIEW

Jay Rayner Observer
Reviewed on October 05, 2008
"Yet, as I say, there are interesting things going on here, in a room which, on the right night, could be cosy. It is also overseen by a bunch of savvy waiters who knew exactly when to be there and when to go away, and did both with tact. In short, Tristan Welch may not have it all worked out yet, but he is certainly worth watching" READ REVIEW
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Susan Low Time Out
Reviewed on July 10, 2008
"We left feeling cosseted and pampered. It wasn’t what we had expected from Launceston Place, but this is the same restaurant in name only." READ REVIEW

Matthew Norman Guardian
Reviewed on June 07, 2008
"For now, though, this is as luxurious and linger-worthy a set meal as you're likely to find anywhere for a quid less than a pony." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on May 24, 2008
"But this is the sort of place that makes you want to stick around, and the menu could not have been more enticing..." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on May 18, 2008
"So the short version is, the revamp definitely hasn't made it worse." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on April 22, 2008
"The food is a terrific collision of finesse and fun and the environment is luxurious and cosseting. Really, what more could you want?" READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on April 06, 2008
" it stands, Launceston Place is a burp from the grave. A waste: a waste of brilliant material, a waste of a good location and, sadly, a waste of a considerable cook." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 4
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed on April 06, 2008
"So two icons of the 1980s are back, and better than they have been for some time, with cooking that has something I was not expecting: real personality." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
"Richard & Peter" Harden's
Reviewed on April 03, 2008
"All in all, therefore, this discreetly located spot – at the end of a cute row of multi-million pound houses – is now, for our money, one of the better all-round, all-purpose restaurants in town." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 7
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh London Lite
Reviewed by April 02, 2008
"At £35 for three courses, it’s a steal given that head chef Tristan Welch is from Marcus Wareing’s Michelin-starred Petrus. And you can totally taste the difference. The love, care and attention to detail is faultless." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 8
Jasper Gerard Telegraph
Reviewed on April 01, 2008
"Still, with three-course set lunches starting at £25, this is cheap for Kensington. And there is a basis here for a top-quality menu. However, there is just the faintest hint that Welch has set out to box-tick his way to Michelin glory." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7
Andy Hayler Andy Hayler's Restaurant Guide
Reviewed on April 01, 2008
"This is a place that I feel could develop into something special, especially if the chef can learn to put his chemistry-set away." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on March 19, 2008
"Despite a posse of formally dressed waiters no one seemed in charge. I missed smoothy Simon Slater. I wished Princess Diana was still alive and not remembered with a soufflé by people who didn't know her." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6

More information

Address1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
Telephone number 020 7937 6912
Telephone numberAverage price: Moderate
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
• 3 AA Rosettes
trainHigh Street Kensington
Opening timesLunch: Tue-Sat 12 noon - 2.30pm, Sun 12 noon - 3pm Dinner: Mon-Sun 6.00pm - 10.30pm
  • Private Hire available
  • Chef's table
• Private dining available

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