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Okay, it maybe tucked away just a few paces off fashionable Kensington High Street and lends its name to its up-scale postcode, but the ‘Kitchen’ shrewdly delivers a winning neighbourhood-character format, albeit high calibre, to these well-heeled parts. Inside follows the theme; a smart, relaxed, light, contemporary confection of warm pastel shades interspersed with modernist artworks and oval mirrors, while stylish seating, white linen and friendly, efficient service seal that neighbourhood-cum-destination vibe. Appealing menus fit the bill from the off, the kitchen delivering light, clean, well-presented modern dishes with a strong emphasis on flavour and seasonality. Perhaps open with a breast of quail teamed with Scottish girolles, summer truffles, corn and almonds, while main event sea-fresh roasted John Dory, served with coco bean ragù, pancetta and caramelised cauliflower, might rock your boat too. Desserts fly the flag for fruit, perhaps poached greengage plums with stem ginger, yogurt and almond, but also go rich; witness a warm chocolate croustade, salt caramel and lime. The fixed-price lunch/early-evening menu offers real value, while wines score high too.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence

Neatly designed dishes with a strong emphasis on flavour

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- AA Inspector
Kitchen W8
11–13 Abingdon Road, Kensington, LONDON, W8 6AH

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 13
  • Cuisine style: Modern British

About The area

Discover London Postal Districts

The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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