There are countless places to eat in the area – some very affordable, some pretty exclusive, some famous for one reason or another – that I couldn’t possible name every single place. However, here’s is a little black book of restaurants & pubs in Notting Hill that have great reputation and I think are well worth checking out.
Wholesome, creative, colourful dishes inspired by tapas/mezze culture executed with French gastronomic flair. Chef Rabah Ourad has Michelin-starred experience, he was also a trailblazer of North African Hip-Hop. 16 All Saints Road, London W11 1HH wormwoodrestaurant.com
Ultimate London City Guide: Chucs on Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill. My friend Charles Finch is a genius at everything he touches. Chucs has the most delicious food and is the best place for a girls night out.
Pizza East. More LA than Lazio, not fancy-schmancy, but dependent on accurate cooking and decent produce. The menu fizzes with so-now ingredients: soppressata, Boschetto al Tartufo, cima di rapa. Everything is good. But the pizzas… Plump, airy and pleasingly chewy, thicker – in the LA way – than the Neapolitan thin crust, with a tang of sourdough and the crunch of semolina....
Almost opposite Snaps and Rye, you’ll find John Doe, run by 4 guys who share a passion for sustainably sourced and wild British ingredients seeking to serve traditional dishes in a contemporary and accessible way. Also uniquely gas free using ovens, grills and smoking units fuelled by sustainable English charcoal and wood from renewable forests. Artisanal beer is given the same careful treatment.