A little while back I had a great evening with friends at Hereford Road in Bayswater. This restaurant is a real local gem because it serves simple yet innovative British comfort food, has friendly and efficient service and reasonable prices. Tom Pemberton, former head chef at St Johns has cooked at Hereford Road since its opening in 2007. Don’t expect anything hip and trendy here – it’s a lovely low-key local, perfect for a dinner with friends or family in a nice environment with quality flavourful food. The menu at Hereford changes daily and dishes are reasonably priced from £6-£8 for starters and £10-£15.5 for mains. Also, there is a great value set lunch for £13.50 for 2 and £15.5 for 3 courses.
Chef and co-founder Tom Pemberton remarks, “It seems to me the area lacks a strong neighbourhood restaurant. Our main priority is to provide genuinely high quality, interesting and affordable British food in a relaxed environment.”
Here some photos of our evening at Hereford Road in Notting Hill…
As soon as you enter Hereford Road you stumble across the open kitchen and some casual small tables that are perfect for a casual drink and dinner for two. And then down a small flight of stairs is the main dining room, that is light due to a large skylight. It was a very relaxed vibe and seating wise has large red leather banquettes or 2 – 4 person sized tables.
We started off with some wine, freshly baked bread (nom nom) and some starters; the Globe artichoke with vinaigrette and the Crab with English Tomatoes and Pea Shoots.
For mains we went for a nice selection of different meats! Little fact; before Hereford Road was a restaurant there was actually a butchers in this location. We had the Braised Rabbit with Fennel and Bacon // The Guinea Fowl with Lentils and peas // The Roast Leg of Lamb with Chard and Anchovy // and the Blythburg Pork Belly with Runner Beans and roast Red Onion.
They were all delicious. I had the lamb which it was perfectly cooked and the salty anchovies flavour accompanied the meat very well. But think I did have slight food envy for the pork belly – that definitively looked and tasted amazing.
Then some of us couldn’t resist a cheeky dessert, yes…I was one of those people! I had the chocolate pot with cherries and creme fraiche, oh so yummy – and my friend had the Eton Mess which is simple but sometimes you can’t beat fruit, cream and meringue goodness.
Overall a great night at a lovely bistro in Notting Hill / Baywater!
3 Hereford Road,
Notting Hill, London
Tel: +44(0)207 727 1144