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Feb 24, 2008 10:57 AM

Hereford Road review

We went to Hereford Road review yday. Wow. We absolutely loved it. We had the following:

- Starters: braised octopus; sweetbreads
- Mains: pork; lamb
- Dessert: praline parfait; sticky date pudding
- Very quaffable house red.

Best sweetbreads ever. One of the two best dishes of pork I've ever had (beautiful crackly skin). Lamb was also excellent. Beautiful food - simple preparation, incredibly high quality ingredients.

Highly recommended. Tab was 60 pounds + service. Very reasonable given the high quality of the food (and the cost of living in London!)

We are looking forward to going there again.

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  1. Where is this place, please? Is it in London?

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    1. re: Harters

      I Googled to find the location. Yep - it's in London in Notting Hill, and the reviews are really outstanding. You might want to put this one on your list for next visit!

      1. re: zuriga1

        Thanks, June. I was actually rather hoping it was going to be somewhere near, erm, Hereford.

        Should have read the OP properly - which mentions London. Lazy Harters.


        1. re: Harters

          John, I wouldn't mind it being near Hereford either. We have good friends who live outside Ludlow!

          1. re: zuriga1


            Without wishing to hijack the thread too much, next time you visit make sure they take you to lunch at the pub that Claude Bosi (Hibiscus) still owns (run by a relative I believe). A fine way of passing an hour or two.


            1. re: Harters


              I feel like a criminal. :-) Our friend lives in Moreton Eye near Leominster. He took us to a very good pub near there, but I doubt it was the Claude Bosi one. But I'll remember your tip. It was my first experience with a a gastropub - great fun for a newly arrived Yank.


    2. Hereford Rd is in London. Right next to Bayswater. For more details, see the restaurant's website:

      We'll be going there again soon, as we want to sample more of their menu.

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        1. I have had the whole braised oxtail at Hereford Road and it was amazing. It is served for two on a long oval platter and does still look very much like a tail. Once you get over that though you will find yourself literally scrabbling with your dining companion to get every bit of the delicious, incredibly tender meat off the bone.

          1. re: Gourmet Chick

            Cheers Chick.
            I was in Madrid last year and have a fantastic bull's tail. I assume it was similar to that. Well, I hope it was.
            It seems I must find a time to pencil in a return...

            1. re: food.snob

              We had dinner here last night and had a very poor meal.
              My starter, crab toast, was served on completely burnt toast. The char taste was overwhelming. I mentioned this to the waitress but no comment was made.
              My duck with fennel and bacon was uninspired and the caramel pie for dessert lackluster and the crust inedible.
              My husband said he'd never had venison so chewy and lacking in flavor.
              What a disappointment!

              1. re: Oakland Barb

                Wow, absurdly unlucky! I'm amazed you stayed for pud.

        2. Like to give them every chance! You never know when a restaurant will shine,
          And speaking of that, they were standing on the stove, cleaning the range hood when we left.
          We had reservations for 9 PM and didn't particularly dawdle.

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          1. re: Oakland Barb

            I don't think Barb was absurdly unlucky at all. Hereford road is a nice place, I like it. it represents a certain style, and type of london dining - but it is far from a brilliant can't miss place.

            there is a big difference between being interesting, and being a good choice in class and being beyond reproach.