There’s more to Notting Hill than a Hugh Grant romantic comedy and colourful houses. Turns out the restaurant scene in Notting Hill is one of the best in London with enough options to please everyone. So whether you’re planning a fancy date, family outing, brunch with friends or a Sunday roast and want to know the best places to eat in Notting Hill, we’ve rounded up a selection of best restaurants in Notting Hill for 2023.
Best Restaurants In Notting Hill
Core by Claire Smyth
We couldn’t mention the food scene in Notting Hill without putting Core by Claire Smyth at the top of the list. This restaurant is one of the best in London and the only restaurant in the U.K to-date where a female chef has bagged three Michelin stars (to find out more checkout our article on The Best Female Chefs In London). Granted it’s not a restaurant for a casual dinner but if you’re planning a fancy date or celebration, we guarantee the experience will be like none other.
Why we love it: you might already know by now but at The Women’s Journal we love promoting women and their accomplishments. Claire Smyth is the one and only female chef to-date in the U.K to be awarded with three Michelin stars and we understand why. The experience at Core is like non-other and not as intimidating as many other Michelin star restaurants. Situated in the heart of Notting Hill on Kensington Park Road, the fine dining restaurant puts an emphasis on natural and sustainable foods sourced in the U.K.
To note: as with many Michelin star restaurant expect to pay around £155pp for the lunch menu, £175pp for the dinner menu and £205pp for the tasting menu. Reservations must be made a few months in advance. Although the restaurant does not have a dress code as such, we recommend smart attire nonetheless.
If you’re a fan of seafood, then Orasay is one of these elegant neighbourhood restaurants you just need to try. Situated in between Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove, Orasay serves simple yet elegant dishes with a focus on seafood inspired by the West Isles. Orasay also has a great wine-list and has options available for private dinning.
Why we love it: a small and elegant restaurant offering incredible price for value. The ingredients are seasonal, full of flavour and prepared beautifully. The atmosphere is fun-loving, laid back and contemporary.
To note: Starters range from £12 to £16 whilst mains are around £19 to £34 with two set menu options (one at £6o and the other at £90). Reservations are recommended on the weekend but not always necessary during the week so a great option for last-minute bookings.
The Aussie-born café chain is an instagramer’s dream. The focus at Farm Girl is around healthy-food with an aesthetically pleasing presentation you will want to share on your social media – expect açai bowls, salads, liquid gold lattes & more. You will find delicious and healthy options for breakfast and brunch all day and lunch from 11am. Farm Girl has locations in Notting Hill, Soho, South Kensington, Belgravia and Fitzrovia.
Why we love it: situated right by Portobello road, it’s the perfect spot for a girl’s brunch or post workout hang, the food is both delicious and good for you. We love the carefully decorated interiors created by leading UK designer, Beata Heuman and the versatile heated terrace which can be used year around. Oh and they are dog-friendly!
To note: the weekends get busy, especially for brunch and they do not take bookings. But your patience will be rewarded.
Sunday In Brooklyn
Situated in Westbourne Grove, the much-loved New York restaurant opened in London in 2021. Sunday In Brooklyn serves American staples, amazing cocktails (probably one of the best Bloody Mary in London) and an epic brunch. The restaurant is over two floors offering plenty of seating and is also available for private parties and private dining.
Why we love it: situated in the heart of Notting Hill, we love that it’s located on Westbourne Grove. Shopping anyone? Their brunch is absolutely next level and we love how inviting the contemporary interior is. Their outdoor seating is also a major plus for the warmer months.
To note: reservations are not required but we highly recommend booking, especially if you want to go on the weekend. You can always try your luck at walk-ins but you might have to wait a little for a table. We highly recommend their Sunday Pancakes with hazelnut maple praline.
Last but not least on our list of Best Restaurants In Notting Hill. A great option for vegetarians and vegans in Notting Hill, Farmacy have been bringing us their contemporary and nourishing plant based dishes since they first opened in 2016. Some highlights include their Truffle Ramen, Got No Beef Burger and Jackfruit Loaded Tacos. Don’t forget to try their healthy Farmaceutical shots served in syringes. Just what the doctor ordered!
Why we love it: with an extensive menu, it’s hard to choose just one dish. All the dishes we tried were amazing, from the starters to main and deserts, they were full of flavour and left us feeling nourished without the dreaded food coma. Everything on the menu is plant-based and free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. And lastly, all of their ingredients are either grown on the farm, or sourced from local, sustainable and environmentally conscious suppliers.
To note: weekends can get very busy so book ahead if possible. Farmacy has seasonal set menus in addition to their a la carte options so make sure you check that out as well.