Posh Lunch Club at The Ledbury
Well posh lunch club is very posh, we know that. But now, it’s very posh indeed, for we have been to 2 michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury.
The Ledbury has been on my list for a long time. The long ineffectual list where places langour interminably. It was raised to prominence once I saw a photo of a gorgeous, pretty amuse of beetroot meringue with foie gras. Within 5 minutes of seeing that, I had secured a lunch reservation for a set menu at a very reasonable £22.50 for two courses or £27.50 for three.
On a cosy quiet Notting Hill St, The Ledbury sits unassuumingly on a corner. Very elegant and affluent, there’s no mistaking that this is high end. It’s spacious and bright, with large windows supprting a high ceiling. It was busy but very gentle. The service was charming and I immediately felt at ease.
This is posh lunch club, so I have to do the set lunch menu, but there is a very attractive tasting menu on offer also.
We started with a brief chat with the sommelier on our wine. He was open, friendly, and interested in us getting the best wine within our budget and that would match our meal. Happily we had chosen the same things. There was no pretention, or snobbery, it was really refreshing. He suggested three and we went with a lovely, crisp German riesling.
The meal started with a divine amuse of beetroot meringue with foie gras. A lovely bright cerise pink, it was really soft and chewy, and the foie gras was melt in the mouth. More please? No? It was followed by a gorgeous brioche with onion and bacon. I was in heaven.
The starter was Celeriac Baked in Ash with Hazelnuts, Wood Sorrel and a Kromeski of Wild Boar. Now this was really special, the earthy ash coated the celeriac, which was sliced and had a lovely bite, the wild boar kromeski was like a meaty croquette, dense and full flavoured, the meat was extremely tender. All of the extra details were a pleasure to try and worked wonderfully, I especially loved the grated egg, note to self, use this. This was the star of the meal.
Our mains followed, at a gentle pace, this was a lovely leisurely lunch. We had Roast Baby Monkfish with Romanesque, Seak Kale, Razor Clams and Brown Butter which was tender, light and fresh. The fish flaked gently and had a great freh and light flavour. The squid ink on the side (I can’t remember what it was combined with) was velvet and rich, it was a perfect complement. I have since been informed that it is important not to eat young wild fish as it compromises and endangers the species, so, in retrospect, would have chosen the alternative. I know now for future choices, and wonder, if this is the issue I have been told it is, why it was there?
Dessert? I can never resist forced Yorkshire rhubarb, so chose Raviolo of Rhubarb with Buttermilk and Hibiscus. The rhubarb was covered with a curious gelatinous sheet, which to my mind was unecessary, but the flavours were perfect, and the hibiscus was a wonderful accompaniment. It was served with vanilla doughnuts, which were light and crispy. I wanted more of those too.
We finished with coffees and petit fours which included homemade marhshmallow and an earl grey macaron. Very good indeed and included in the price of the coffee.
The meal with amuse, water, wine, coffee and petits fours came to a very respectable £50 each. This was a very fine meal, in lovely luxurious and relaxed surroundings. I will be back, as soon as I’ve scraped together more pennies.
Another posh lunch club, another lovely lunch.