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London Lunch ~£20-25?

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stanleyk Jan 11, 2010 10:04 AM

Hi all,

Myself and three others are planning a trip to London in February and am keen to take them to a decent feed and restaurant. I was thinking along the lines of Arbutus/Wild Honey, how does WH compare, I did enjoy Arbutus but did feel there lunch offer may be a bit geared towards pushing people through? L'Autre Pied was also a consideration, I have eaten at Pied a Terre and feel if he has trained under Shane Osborne then the food should be pretty impressive. I know it is not the be all and end all but I would like some of the smaller bits around the meal too, bread, amuse etc, often just the little bits that make it for me, is this doable on the budget?

Thanks for any help

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  1. howler RE: stanleyk Jan 11, 2010 11:29 AM

    yes it is - check out launceston place restaurants website.

    MUCH better than wild honey.

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      stanleyk RE: howler Jan 12, 2010 12:04 AM

      Thanks Howler, anyone else been to Launceston recently? Menu looks good value, although wine may be a sting in the tail!

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        Jenny Sheridan RE: stanleyk Jan 12, 2010 08:02 AM

        I went to Launceston Place recently. Had the £20 lunch menu which was good value though not stunning and some of the options were an extra £5. There was a delicious amuse bouche and the restaurant felt smooth and smart.The wine list was mostly very expensive but we found a very drinkable Corbieres for around £20. Including tip the bill came to £110 for three of us. No coffee but one bottle of wine plus three glasses.

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          howler RE: Jenny Sheridan Jan 12, 2010 08:40 AM

          how did you like the food apart from the amuse?

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            Jenny Sheridan RE: howler Jan 14, 2010 08:02 AM

            Well, the foie gras was wonderful, the braised wild hare under a herby crust was good but the pear and blue cheese salad didn't go with it well. My friends had roast pheasant which was unexciting. Guinness ice cream was interestingly bitter. The sommelier was smarmy and the service altogether on the cool side of correct. The lunch was good but not as superb as Chowhound reports had led me to hope.

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              howler RE: Jenny Sheridan Jan 14, 2010 10:33 AM

              that potted foie gras is a thing of beauty isn't it? aah its too bad they weren't at the top of their game, and a smarmy sommelier can ruin good vibes pretty fast.

              i do hope you'll give them a second chance.

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      girlstead RE: stanleyk Jan 12, 2010 12:20 AM

      look at top table.The Ramsey group are doing special deals at the moment. Had a lovely lunch at Hibiscus. A little far out perhaps but I love Odettes Primrose Hill

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        fat boy slim RE: stanleyk Jan 14, 2010 03:54 AM

        Had loads of Michelin lunches last year in the UK and by far the best for freebie bits with the meal was Texture.
        Its hotly tipped to get its long overdue Michelin star in the coming days, so the price may change a little come February
        Currently £22 buys you 3 courses including dessert, or £25 to include cheese.
        Quality and value for money it can not be beaten.

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