Bespeckled chef and co-owner Tom Pemberton mans the busy front-of-house grill at this Bayswater favorite, renowed for its pared-down, pomp-free and ingredient-driven seasonal British fare. With an accent on well-sourced honest-to-goodness regional and seasonal British produce, many dishes are as unfussy as you'll find. Slide into side booths, and work your way though uncluttered combos like steamed mussels with cider and thyme, lemon sole with sea dulse, duck breast with
old-fashioned pickled walnuts, or warm and soothing English rice pudding with strawberry jam. Expect to brush past the entire Tory party leadership and the rest of the Notting Hill set on the way out. Note the £9.50, £13 or £15.50 set lunches are arguably the best high-quality weekday set lunch deals, bar none.