Review on The KPH
Formerly The Kensington Park Hotel, it has been relaunched as The KPH in London's Notting Hill, the latest arm in the Harcourt Inns group founded by James McCulloch, together with Chef Director Henry Harris. Since 2017 they have saved a number of iconic pubs marked for residential redevelopment and their portfolio includes The Harcourt in Marylebone, The Coach in Clerkenwell, The Crown in Chiswick, The Three Cranes in the City and the Hero of Maida in Maida Vale.
A local landmark, it's one of London's oldest live music venues, Tom Jones performed his first London gig here and it's the Clash's Mick Jones favourite local. The Victorian building sits on a prominent corner of Ladbroke Grove and Lancaster Road and has undergone a sympathetic refurbishment with interiors created by Liana Braune of Zaffera.London. There's a ground floor pub and a first-floor dining room decorated in shades of blue, featuring dark wood furnishings, luxurious red leather banquette seating and interesting artwork from local photographers on the walls.
Working closely with carefully sourced British suppliers, Henry Harris and Head Chef Ruairidh Summers, who was sous chef at St John for three years, have created a Parisian bistro style menu with accents from the Montreal food scene, fusing with more traditional French flavours. For openers there's duck liver and foie gras parfait served with toasted brioche or from the sea, cured trout, crème fraiche and sorrel. Main courses usher in grilled mackerel, cucumber and dill or for meat lovers there's guinea fowl and Alsace bacon.
The comprehensive wine list roams the globe, and there's also 12 draft beers, three cask ales alongside classic cocktails. The KPH hosts quiz night and live music sessions throughout the week.
Gastro pub / French
Henry Harris and Ruairidh Summers
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Thu (12.00 - 10.30pm Fri & Sat) (12.00 - 6.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Thu
Accepted credit cards