West London

The Commander

The Commander

Gastropub | West London

This porter house and oyster bar has certainly pulled out all the stops when it comes to decor - reviewers have universally praised the gastropub's clubby ambience. Unfortunately the food doesn't live up to its surroundings - but if the Notting Hill set take it to their heart, that probably won't matter much.

Restaurant details

47 Hereford Road, London W2 5AH
Nearest station: Westbourne Grove
Telephone number: 020 7229 1503
More info: 
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area
  • Wheelchair access
  • Shop onsite


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47 Hereford Road, London W2 5AH


Critic reviews - total score 5.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 6
Lisa Ellwood View London
Reviewed on December 01, 2009
"Food used to be the redeeming feature of The Commander when it was still finding its feet. Unfortunately, a new chef has changed the balance and whilst the interiors and atmosphere are now spot-on, the food is far more hit-and-miss." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on June 03, 2009
"So much attention is being given to pointless details that essentials are overlooked: bread is duff and both white wine and fizzy water are tepid." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Mark Bolland ES Magazine Estimated score
Reviewed on April 20, 2009
"Without doubt, this is currently the best bargain lunch in London." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on March 08, 2009
"This isn’t a place you travel to for the food, but you’d be perfectly happy to eat here if you were coming to meet friends." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed on March 04, 2009
"The operation may not quite be there yet, but we sense that there’s some momentum here, which might end up making this handsomely-furnished and spacious spot quite a destination." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5.5
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed by February 22, 2009
"The whole place is lively, loud and young. With the bare shoulders, oyster platters and flickering candles, it presents a very pretty picture; but behind it, the offerings don’t really rise much above food-court level." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on February 19, 2009
"High prices are nothing unusual in London, but the combination with some disappointing dishes explains The Commander's low star rating." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Feargus O' Sullivan thelondonpaper Estimated score
Reviewed on February 11, 2009
"We were more or less satisfied – but there was nothing quite delectable enough to lure us back." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on February 11, 2009
"Looking for something racy to order, springbok carpaccio called out rather more winningly than seared foie gras with poached cherry pancake and cocoa, for which I couldn’t find a taker. The gazelle meat was as soft and gentle as you would expect from an animal that eats shoots and leaves and the accompaniments of smoked chilli jelly, rocket and Parmesan worked well." READ REVIEW

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