Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Westbourne, Notting Hill

A former colleague was over from Dublin and she wanted to revisit an old haunt - The Westbourne, not far from our workplace.

It's a trendy place, which veers much more towards gastro than typical pub food.  A typical menu (which changes daily) would offer more than one fish option, possible some game, a couple of salads, vegetarian options and pasta.

On the day in question I selected a mushroom risotto, which was creamy and beautifully cheesy with the slight bite of perfectly cooked rice.  The only complaint would be that there wasn't very much and it didn't come with anything at all - a little salad might have been nice for variety. Others chose mackerel, chicken pie and seafood linguine, all of which were freshly cooked and packed with flavour.  

The ordering system could be better here - you must order from a till at one end of the bar and it can be very slow given the number of tables.  Also, in our experience, the staff can be very brusque to the point of rude.

However, the atmosphere is good and in the summer they have a good amount of outdoor tables.  The wine, beer and cider selection is excellent and for the area you can't really beat it for a long lunch.... except perhaps on price.

One course and a soft drink: £13 per head

Value: 6/10

Service: 5/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Food: 7/10

SCORE: 25/40

The Westbourne, 101 Westbourne Park Villas, London, W2 5ED.  Tel: 020 72211332.

1 comment:

Gourmet Chick said...

I agree the staff have serious attitude. But in summer with the lovely outdoor area it is hard to beat.