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Maggie Jones

Bringing some country vibes to fancy Kensington (and next door to Dirty Bones), this cosy and friendly bistro hasn’t changed a bit in fifty years: same rustic cartwheels and hanging dried flowers decor, hearty dishes (soups, pies and roasts) and seasonal game (venison, pheasant, partridge). Leave the all too quiet ground floor to princess Margaret (the most famous loyal customer the restaurant was named after) and head upstairs: the huge central table is perfect for a homely feast with friends.

It’s simple, it’s reliable: the Stilton mousse builds up the appetite, the lamb rack melts in your mouth, and you won’t stop digging into the cheese cauli before the classic puddings, homemade crumble or Cambridge burnt cream. The traditional wine list is (almost) entirely French.

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Starters: £7-10 – Mains: £10-28
Puddings: £6
Set menus: £20-24
Wine: glass from £4, bottle from £26

Opening times: everyday 12am-2.30pm and 6-10.15pm
Location: 6 Old Court Place, Kensington Church Street, London W8 4PL
Tube stations: High Street Kensington, Notting Hill Gate
Reservations: yes
Telephone: +44 (0) 2079376462