Yes Eateries: The Ledbury

EmmaBy Emma  •  22 Apr 2016 at 7:00am  •  Eating Out, Food and Drink, Grub Club

Emma

by Emma

It’s time for the latest instalment in our magical michelin star restaurant tour (you can check out my thoughts on Sir Charles Napier in Oxford here, and Turner’s Restaurant in Birmingham here), and you will be pleased to know that with our visit to London town we have well and truly saved the best until last.

This time around, we were living it up with not one but TWO michelin stars, Now of course, that extra star comes with a higher price tag, but if you are a foodie I can guarantee it will be worth it.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you fine dining London style… at the Ledbury.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

The food was utterly divine, but what really set the Ledbury apart from any other restaurant we have dined at was the impeccable service. They were friendly and attentive without being overbearing but their attention to detail was such that they even noticed the boy switches his knife and fork to eat, and continued to re-set his place in that way after every course.

Speaking of courses – there was a choice of two set menus, one serving six courses and one serving eight. As there was only a small difference in cost between the two, and because we are greedy little piggies, we naturally went for eight courses.

But that delightful extravaganza didn’t even include these tasty morsels that we sampled….

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

The tastiest crackers we have ever experienced, followed by heavenly cheese bites…

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

And the nibbles weren’t done there, we rounded off our pre dinner treats with these delicate little deer dumplings. They melted in the mouth. But don’t let their size deceive you, they certainly packed a punch on the flavour front – certainly one of our highlights of the meal.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

And then the main event began.

Mine was a fish course, cured Mackerel, shiso celtic mustard and avocado. Mackerel has actually been making a regular appearance on the fine-dining menus I have sampled recently. It isn’t generally something I would pick but I have really started to warm to it.

This mackerel was delicate in flavour, soft and beautifully complimented with the tangy mustard.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

The boy sampled a delicious white beetroot dish, that was paired with a tangy goats cheese.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

Next up was artichokes, violet and Chinese, grapes, walnuts and grated foie gras. Again, artichokes aren’t usually my thing but these were lightly pickled and tasted divine with the sweetness of the grapes and depth of the foie gras.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

The next course was a real crowd pleaser, a warm pheasant’s egg with truffled celeriac, arbois, and dried ham.

The yolky egg cascading all over the plate was a spectacle to behold but it also delivered flavour; rich but tasty.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

Another fish course meant Cornish Turbot for me, served with asparagus, lemon and seaweed oil. It was topped with a very light creamy sauce.

Of course the fish was sublime, but I am a particular fan of asparagus and that was the real hero of this dish for me. Soft and crunchy at the same time, beautifully fresh.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

The next course was slightly controversial for me. An agen prune, with earl grey tea and bacon. Tea is my nemesis and something I particularly dislike, so whilst I pushed myself to try the prune (predictably, I loved it. Sweet and salty when combined with the bacon) I couldn’t quite face the earl grey sauce.

I am assured that it was delicious and didn’t taste at all of Earl Grey tea but as I was becoming even more stuffed I became a bit more picky about what I wanted to take or leave…

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

…and I certainly wanted to take the main course. Hardwick lamb with shallot cream, salt baked turnip and wild garlic. This isn’t just a feast for the eyes, it really was the perfect spring dish.

There was a sneaky little mushroom nestled in there on the top right as well – it really packed a punch and was the perfect vibrant flavour for this delicate plate.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

At this point we moved onto the sweet treats. First up was richmond park honey, buffalo milk, bee pollen and mead. The perfect combination of crunch and melt in the mouth.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

And of course, why would you have one pudding when you can have two. Our final course was chocolate and mint, ice cream and steamed sponge.

The chocolate was rich, delicious and velvety. The freshness of the mint ice cream was the perfect plate-fellow. It really was the best way to round off the meal.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

But the folk at the Ledbury had other ideas, they didn’t want us to wrap up there and treated us to the some sweet morsels to finish off the meal.

Eating out in London, Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, fine dining, via Year of the Yes

It was the perfect meal. Perfect surroundings, incredible service and thoroughly tasty food. It might have been pricey but it was worth every penny for us and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this decadent treat to fellow yes foodies out there.

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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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