The Ledbury has been named as the London restaurant with the best food in a new report released last week. For the second year in a row, Zagat readers nominated the Michelin-starred restaurant as the top establishment in the 2012 London Restaurant Survey for its haute French cuisine coupled with its traditional British ingredients.
Around 5,500 diners named the Notting Hill restaurant as their favourite eatery out of 1,190 restaurants in Greater London.
The restaurant opened in 2005 and since then, Aussie chef Brett Graham, has rocketed the restaurant into Michelin star status. Brett has also rapidly gained the attention of the culinary world and international food critics.
As well as being the London restaurant with the best food, The Ledbury was also the highest new entry in Restaurant Magazine’s S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants, debuting at a very impressive No. 34.
It has been reported that out of 361 Zagat reviews, diners were nearly unanimous in their praise of the restaurant with 98% describing the cuisine as being inventive.
One diner was so smitten with their rabbit ravioli starter and cod with pumpkin polenta main, they exclaimed that it was “beautifully executed”, before then adding that it was “like staring at the sun, it’s blinding – simply awesome” and that the service was “outstanding”. The diner then went on to say that the food was “exquisite” and that “it doesn’t get any better than this.” This sounds like one very happy customer who would be more than happy to return!
The Ledbury also gained international headlines last month when the staff leapt to the defence of diners after thugs from the London riots thought it would be a good idea to storm the restaurant. The staff came at the rioters with rolling pins and fry baskets and chefs and staff chased the hooligans out of the door that had been smashed in. The restaurant will, no doubt, have had commercial restaurant insurance to cover such damages, and it’s not just the food that is to be commended it seems!
In the meantime, The Ledbury was followed in the Zagat survey by Pied à Terre, another fine restaurant boasting two Michelin stars, whilst just behind in third place was a Japanese restaurant, Dinings.