Chelsea, Kensington

Launceston Place

Launceston Place

Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 6 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

Critics' score: 6 Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
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

Critics' score: 8.5 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

Critics' score: 8 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

Critics' 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

Critics' score: 6 Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on May 18, 2008
"So the short version is, the revamp definitely hasn't made it worse." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8 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

Critics' score: 4 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

Critics' score: 8
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

Critics' score: 7 "Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
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

Critics' score: 8 Larushka Ivan-Zadeh London Lite Estimated score
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

Critics' score: 7 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

Critics' 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

Critics' score: 6 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


Restaurant details

Address: 1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL

Telephone number: 020 7937 6912

Cuisine: British

Michelin star 1 Michelin star
• 3 AA Rosettes

Nearest station: High Street Kensington

Opening times: Lunch: Tue-Sat 12 noon - 2.30pm, Sun 12 noon - 3pm Dinner: Mon-Sun 6.00pm - 10.30pm

• Private dining available
  • Private Hire available
  • Chef's table


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