Lunch, anyone? One of the most common questions I get asked about is food. As one of the most popular Kensington hotels in London, the Regency gets its fair share of foodies passing through, and I’m always delighted to see them. These are the people who can sniff out a good truffle faster than any dachshund, and who know instinctively what wine goes with what fish. For me, a love of food indicates a love of life, company and new discoveries. Show me a belly that loves good food and I’ll show you a mind that loves adventure!
I love sharing my tips on Kensington cuisine, and the first restaurant that springs to mind is always the Kitchen W8 on Abingdon Road. This Michelin Star rated restaurant is a favourite of everyone staying in Kensington hotels in London and I must say it lives up to its hype.
For a Sunday lunch that will change your life, drop in to W8 for a very reasonably priced three course lunch. I love to start with the velouté of Cornish mussels, move on to the roasted haunch of venison – perfectly complimented by a twist of Swiss chard – and finish with a rhubarb fool served with almond biscuits. Here you’ll find that the bitter rhubarb and sweet, homemade biscuits are the dessert ying-and-yang: absolute harmony!
Just five minutes from the High Street Kensington tube station, this western gem is run by the royalty of the London culinary scene. Head Chef Philip Howard is co-owner of the Square – a Michelin Star quality French bistro in the West End – and owner Rebecca Mascarenhas has a veritable empire of amazing restaurants throughout South London.
Next time you stay at The Regency Hotel, make sure to pop in to Kitchen W8 – and thank me later!
11-13 Abingdon Road
London W8 6AH
020 7937 0120