There’s something a little special about Sunday lunch at Town House at The Kensington; a place to relax, some delicious food and a gorgeous part of London…
Sunday lunch might not seem like the most summer-y meal to go out for, but a few Sundays ago Andy and I took ourselves out of lazy Sunday mode and wandered through the beautiful streets of Kensington. The Kensington is a beautiful building and a hotel that feels more home-like than many others.
Strolling underneath its beautiful banners and past the flowers on the doorstep we both felt our tummies rumbling and were ready for some lunch! Town House is just around the corner from the main hotel entrance and has an unsuspectingly quiet entrance, highlighting that it really is a hidden gem.
I hadn’t meant to co-ordinate my gingham dress with the tiles but it seemed to happen just perfectly!
The restaurant itself lives up to its name and feels very much as though you’re sitting in someones beautifully decorated living room in a beautiful town house.
With books lining the walls ready to be plucked off once you’ve eaten yourself into the traditional, British Sunday afternoon food snooze.
Crisp white wine was poured as we perused the menu, and more excitingly, the market table that we couldn’t keep our eyes off…
Starters for Sunday lunch are served buffet style, with a chef on hand to shuck your oysters and serve you langoustines at any time.
If you’re not a shellfish fan, there’s enough smoked salmon, thinly sliced Italian meats, patés and salads to keep you more than satisfied.
I was really pleased to see the scallops that I loved at 108 Marylebone were in the shellfish selection, too.
I was trying to be oh so good and avoid bread, but the temptation of flaked crab on sourdough toast was far too much to resist. Delicious, crisp bread topped with generous portions of crab and a moreish sauce – safe to say we enjoyed more than the original one between us!
Proscuitto ham was delicious, full of depth and flavour and yet thin enough to almost melt in the mouth.
And then I might have headed back for some more crab… What can I say…
Before feeling that I had to be a little healthier and digging into the superfood salad, filled with beetroot, feta broccoli and quinoa, it helped to cure Andy’s hangover and made me feel guilt free for the rest of the day!
Having indulged in the crab toast I left the warm bread selection, but Andy dug in and enjoyed the crisp sourdough as well as the incredible Guinness bread that I loved so much at Dalloway Terrace.
Since the market table is buffet style, you’re able to pop up as much as you’d like and take your time over your starters, a touch that I really enjoyed. I’m often worried when I’m booking a restaurant that whilst I’ll be satisfied that Andy might not be, but that certainly wasn’t the case at Town House.
For his main course, Andy ordered the Spring Risotto which is served with asparagus, broad beans, fresh herbs & girolle mushrooms. A light, refreshing risotto that had a beautiful depth of flavour due to the girolle mushrooms.
Feeling a little more traditional I opted for the roast rib of dry-aged Devonshire beef served with roasted broccoli, lentils and almonds and with a side of boulangère potatoes. The meat itself was delicious and tender, but I would have preferred if the meat had been a little less well done.
Somewhat a little full, we decided to pause and enjoy our surroundings a little more. The ever friendly staff were more than happy for us to relax, spend some time together and plan some exciting upcoming trips.
There’s a special place in my heart, and in my stomach, for dessert – especially the dessert platter that is served at the end of Sunday lunch at Town House, ’cause it’s pretty special.
Served on a cute wooden platter with a selection of 3 desserts, served one for each guest so there’s no fighting (!) this really was a piece of art as well as a culinary treat.
The trio of desserts included Strawberry shortbread trifle served with vanilla custard, which was, if possible, more delicious than it was pretty…
And a baked cheesecake with Kentish raspberries, both of which were lapped up!
Though I’m not usually a trifle fan, I couldn’t get enough of the presentation and the creativity of this dish, and may have even had to try a little of Andy’s to make sure his was just as good…
If you’re looking for a home away from home this Sunday lunch Town House at The Kensington is a perfect option for a delicious and exciting Sunday lunch, with some interiors that will give you some serious Instagram game..!
I’m already planning to come back when it’s a little colder to sit by this fire and warm myself up when it’s cold outside.
And with full tummies and happy hearts we rode home on Pashley bikes (not quite – but I would like to do that at some point!)…
At £29 per person for a 3 course meal, I think you’ll struggle to find such good food and a beautiful location as Town House.
We dined as guests of Town House.