Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of dining at The Ledbury. It was four of my friend’s 30th birthdays (one of them including Tim!) and Matt had managed to get us a table at this incredible restaurant, one of very few to have two Michelin stars! Chef Brett Graham has won countless awards since beginning his career in Australia at the age of 15, working in a fish restaurant. At The Ledbury he is joined by Head Chef Greg Austin, also from Australia.
For dinner, the restaurant offers a Tasting Menu or a four course meal, and we decided on the latter. The quality of these photos won’t do these exceptional plates of food justice, but it really didn’t feel appropriate to get a big camera out – our phones had to do! I ordered the following:
First Course: Hand Dived Scallops, Ceviche, Seaweed and Herb Oil, Frozen English Wasabi
Second Course: Warm Bantam’s Egg, Celeriac, Dried Ham, Arbois and Summer Truffle
Main Course: Iberico Pork, Purple Carrots Baked in Hay, Mustard and Trompettes
Dessert: Warm Chocolate, Tartlet with Malt and Banana
Some of my snap happy friends were keen to take photos of the dishes they chose too:
Herdwick Lamb, Salt Baked Kohlrabi, Padron and Garlic
Aged Pigeon, Quince, Red Leaves and Vegetables
Richmond Park Honey, Buffalo Milk, Bee Pollen and Mead
As if all of these beautiful courses weren’t enough, we were actually brought a number of smaller dishes in between too, so it actually ended up being more like a 10 course menu.
As you can imagine, a meal at a restaurant like this is never going to be anything short of perfect! Each course was beautifully crafted and had us questioning around the table how on earth some of them had been made. And it was easily one of the best meals I’ve had.
The wine was also gorgeous and we ended the meal on some whiskies and Espresso Martinis.
The service was obviously impeccable and the staff were great fun! They knew that we were celebrating and there was plenty of alcohol flowing – they were more than happy to humour us! All the while being very professional and incredibly knowledgeable about the wines and dishes.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a special occasion, you must try The Ledbury – it can be difficult to get a reservation as it’s so popular, but it’s absolutely worth the persistence. A big thank you to our friend Matt for getting the table and for such a lovely, laughter-filled evening!