Hereford Road is a classic spot in the neighbourhood of Notting Hill serving top-quality British cuisine. The restaurant has succeeded in maintaining a high reputation which led it to earn a spot on my to-go list. Luckily, it wasn't too difficult to make a reservation so I headed there with MRG for dinner. The restaurant is nicely situated on a quiet high street in a predominantly residential area (not too far from the Ledbury); it's kind of like the neighbourhood's best kept secret!
The restaurant's design is very simple and understated which gives rise to a laid-back vibe; it's almost like time slows down as you dine there. The menu was concise and to-the-point, which I love! MRG and I ordered the same starter - Roast Quail with radishes (£8.40). The quail was excellent. The breast of the quail was particularly juicy and the aioli had a soothing smoky flavour which was complemented by the sharp freshness from the radish salad.
The Duck Leg with Peas (£15) was the next dish to show up. Although it was painfully hot, the duck was skilfully cooked and the skin was seasoned to perfection. The bed of peas beneath the duck leg were cooked to a nice finish which created a hint of sweetness in a rather salty broth. Overall, the main course was very hearty and I would definitely order it again!
The Rice Pudding (£6) soon followed and this was also lovely! It was silky and smooth and the punch of acidity from the blackberry jam nicely cut through the richness of the rice pudding.
In summary, I would definitely recommend a visit to Hereford Road! The restaurant allows for a change of a scene, in a slow-paced environment, in the company of traditional British flavours. Also, the prices are fantastic and the service is great.
3 Hereford Road
London, W2 4AB