You’re instantly at ease in the little Portland bubble, with its bright bay window and subtle colourful touches.

From the open kitchen, the talented Merlin Labron-Johnson chisels a monthly menu starring the best of British produce: delicious crispy chicken skins and parfait; charred ox heart tartare with crunchy pickled mustard seeds; Yorkshire hogget, beetroot and buckwheat… Speckle the set menus and the à la carte dinner with unique tastebud-ticklers (like the parsley root panna cotta) and carefully sourced wines. There’s even a list dedicated to single bottles!

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Siblings: Clipstone, The Quality Chop House The spots you should know about: private dining room

How much?

À la carte: £4-32 Lunch menus: £34-49 - Evening tasting menu: £65 Wine: glass from £7, bottle from £25

Where, when, how?

Monday-Saturday 12-2.30pm and 6-11pm 113 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QQ Tube stations: Great Portland St, Goodge St, Oxford Circus Reservation: yes +44 (0)20 7436 3261 portlandrestaurant.co.uk