Visiting new restaurants can be exhausting, you have to decipher the menu, find a good table and determine whether to book or not. We all know how hard it is to book a decent restaurant last minute in London. Most of the time after work, I simply prefer to eat at home or go somewhere nice and local. If I lived at Nottinghill Gate, Hereford Road would be the ideal place. Seasonal fare, honest food with locally sourced ingredients and cooked by the former head chef at St John Bread and Wine. Not only is the restaurant always chilled, the lunch special is also one of the best valued in London. The express lunch including a main course, wine and coffee is only £9.50, cheaper than Pret. The set lunch is only £15.50 for 3 courses, what a bargain.
No booking is required for this always calm restaurant and weekdays are particularly quiet. Compared to queueing 2 hours for Burger and Lobster, there is an almost therapeutic calmness to be able to walk in whenever you like.
Globe artichoke and vinaigrette
A good starter to share between two, nibble through each piece while catching up on latest updates. It would’ve been better without the extra butter, slightly oily.
Wooden pigeon, lentil, peas and broad beans
Good flavour but the wood pigeon didn’t have much meat and was quite hard to cut.
Pearl Barley, field mushrooms, red onion and spinach
The vegetarian dish on the menu, could be better without the whole plate of oil.
Verdict - 3/5
Food (local) - Hereford Road is a local place with simple food for everyday. Nothing fancy and not particularly worth the trek for if you live far away. Some of the dishes were a bit more oily than St John Bread and Wine, but quality was still good.
Service (chilled) - very chilled space with a natural skylight. No need to book but not ideal for large group.
Cost (£20pp) - starters from £5 to £7.50, and mains from £10 to £15. Very good value lunch set menus during the week, £15.50 for 3 courses.
3 Hereford Road
London, W2 4AB
020 7727 1144