A restaurant, converted from an old orangery, with a stunning interior - having, at some stage, also been the ballroom to Holland House.
Successive owners haven't quite made the best of this, but under the capable hands of Jimmy Lahoud , a menu concentrating more on traditional French and brasserie-style dishes, plus well-sourced ingredients, seems to be working better than over-flowery embellishments of some past owners.
Expect the likes of 'Parfait of Foie Gras and Chicken Livers'; 'Rillettes of Duck with Mixed Leaves and Poilâne Toast' and 'Tian of Artichokes & Asparagus with Truffle Vinaigrette' among the starters - (while Avocado with Prawns is not unknown). 'Daube of Beef with Horseradish Mash'; 'Ballotine of Guinea Fowl & Tarragon' and perhaps 'Bream with Ratatouille and Fondant Potato' among the mains.
You can even finish with a Knickerbocker Glory.
Try to secure a table on the terrace in fine weather.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-14.15 (Sun 15.30); set L £17.95 (2 courses), £21.95 (3 courses); mains £19 to £25; set L Sun £29.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-22.30; set D £20 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses) between 18.00 &19.00 only; mains £19 to £25
- Seats: 144 (plus 20 outside)
- Wine: a long wine list kicks off at around the £30 mark, but there is only a limited choice under £25, wines by the glass start at £4
- Children's portions: No
- Wheelchair access: No, only with difficulty
- Nearest station: Holland Park or High Street Kensington Underground
- Directions: at the Kensington High Street end of Holland Park - see the map on this page.
- Parking: Street Parking
- Closed: 26th Dec, 1st Jan
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating