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Le Café Anglais
8 Porchester Gardens
London, W2 4DB
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Le Café Anglais Details
0207 221 1415
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Sunday 12pm - 3.30 pm
Brunch: Saturday 12PM - 3:30PM
Monday to Thursday 6.30 - 10.30 pm
Friday and Saturday 6.30 - 11.00 pm
Sunday 6.30 - 10 pm
Monday to Saturday 12pm - 10.30pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
British, English, French
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Did you know that our roaming magician visits every Sunday lunchtime?
He’ll keep your children spellbound with his incredible magic tricks, giving you a moment to enjoy some grown-up time and have a thoroughly relaxing Sunday. Yes, it is still possible with children.
Tube: Queensway & Bayswater
Whiteley's shopping centre has its own car park
A word from Le Café Anglais
West London's finest restaurant. Offering superb food and drink in a chic and stylish restaurant, Le Cafe Anglais is the ideal retreat for a luxury meal or a relaxed Saturday brunch.
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Diners' Choice Winner
Diners' Choice Winner
Le Café Anglais -
Best Restaurants in Bayswater
Brought friends for Sunday lunch -
their first time but not ours. They loved it. Great food and a wonderful ambiance. Still our favorite resto in London - consistently excellent"
dined on 29/06/2014
Maybe it's because I came to this
restaurant with high expectations that I felt so let down. But I know why. The parmesan custard was outstanding, and I thought the rest of the meal would follow suit. it didn't. My chicken breast came lukewarm, as if it had been left aside while my husband's meal was cooked, and that shouldn't happen in any kitchen. I was too hungry to send it back, and as our waiter changed with every course, there was no one to ask. The queen of puddings was also a let-down. Then my latte, requested as one shot, must have been translated into 'weak' and came searingly hot because it was full of water, undrinkable. Time for Rowley to take a firm hand. Until he does, I can't recommend Le Café."
dined on 26/06/2014
Lovely lunch in a light and airy
setting. Several Rowley Leigh trademark dishes on offer; all special, but just can't eat them all at once!"
dined on 17/06/2014
We arrived at the restaurant at
opening time and were the only table, but it was soon bustling. Everything was delicious, and the wine list was full of food-friendly wines. The room is bright with huge multi-paned windows and high ceilings, with a gorgeous crystal chandelier over the bar area. The chef was in the open kitchen, and clearly overseeing every dish that left the pass. We had read about Le Cafe Anglais a write up in Conde Nast about London "beyond the pub" restaurants, and it did not disappoint."
dined on 07/06/2014
I like spacious bright airy dining
spaces of Le Cafe Anglais even more than the convenient location. think the roast chicken won today over the slow braised lamb shoulder - but my son's burger was too dry and he rated it below the GBK version."
dined on 07/06/2014
Le Café Anglais has featured among
our local favourite for many years. However when we returned with a couple of friends recently, we were quite disappointed. Whilst the quality of the food, the wine menu and the service were still top-notch, we found the choice on the menu to be limited and the cooking somewhat lacking creativity. Hopefully it was just not a good day, and they will make up for it next time!"
dined on 05/06/2014
The service was professional and
prompt although a bit lacking in charm. The menu is well balanced and cooking solid with attention to detail as evidenced with my crisp and perfectly cooked red mullet which was presented beautifully. My guest was from the USA and was unfamiliar with some of the items and asked for an explanation and was not put at ease when receiving the explanation. The final bill came to £160 for two with pre-dinner drinks, two carafes of wine and three courses and after dinner drink. I found it a bit pricey but for the location and surroundings, not that bad. "
dined on 05/06/2014
We have had very good meals
recently here and Sunday lunch was no exception - usual great food well cooked - great choice and value - we'll be back again!!"
dined on 01/06/2014
This is a restaurant with a
lovely ambience, , a feeling of space and light, unexpected. The food was very well cooked and the service immaculate. Well worth a long lunch or dinner. "
dined on 29/05/2014
The cooking is perfect, the
service is friendly but professional. A great place for a discreet business lunch. I have always had a nice time here, the chef / patron knows what he is doing."
dined on 27/05/2014
Came here with a group of friends
ranging between 32-70. Loved the options available for 2/3 course meals. The service and food was amazing and good value - £330 for 6 people including 2 bottles of wine. "
dined on 25/05/2014
We visited for lunch, we had
chosen it because it has a fairly straightforward menu which would suit our 8 year old. Food was very nicely cooked if unexciting (but then that is why we booked). On the whole starters were better than mains. Portions were large. The dining room is lovely and spacious, our table for four was big and comfortable. Nicely chosen wine list and good advice."
dined on 24/05/2014
We found many of the dishes we
ordered surprisingly lack lustre. We are sorry about this as it used to be very good and the decor is stunning. We hope that Rawley Leigh will give some attention to his restaraunt as clearly at present he is no longer involved in even menu planning let alone execution. when i complained the staff knew exactly what I was talking about, they immediately took the cost of the dessert off our bill. They were all trying so hard, but very much let down by the kitchen. for example our lettuce hearts were ordinary lettuce hearts drizzled with what tasted like a supermarket bottle of salad cream. YUK. Sorry. i loved this resteraunt, I am sad to have had this experience. "
dined on 23/05/2014
As always the food and service is
superb here and good value for the quality. A lovely wine list which offers good value for such an establishment - we'll be back!!"
dined on 11/05/2014
Great for families with children.
Quick service, delicious roast beef and potatoes with Yorkshire pudding.. The magician is always appreciated with all children. Food and wine choice for the adults is great. "
dined on 11/05/2014
We had a very nice Saturday
evening at Le Cafe Anglais. The food and wine were excellent and the prices appropriate--perhaps a bit on the expensive side for the vegetarian options. The service was excellent and I very much like the ambiance. "
dined on 10/05/2014
I visited with my parents and even
though we sat after our reservation time none of the staff were pushing us to sit or to order out food, which was nice. It surprised me to see that it wasn't very busy, as it was 7:30 on a Wednesday. I ordered the Veal Chop, which was cooked a little less than I liked and the waitress took it back to the kitchen immediately. No questions asked, as you would expect in a good restaurant in London. The chef also sent us new portions of the side dishes when my meat came back - which I thought was a lot nicer than just keeping warm whatever was lingering on the plate. Our waitress was very understanding even to my silly requests and helped us have a lovely evening. "
dined on 30/04/2014
Excellent with the kids, even had
a magician doing an act. Great food and friendly staff. It is too good for its current location which does it no favours "
dined on 27/04/2014
Comfortable with a discreet air of
opulence. The fennel and (proper French) fish soup excellent with real depth of flavour. Gnocchi were a fabulous vegetarian main course and the lamb was very good, just a bit too much gravey. Pain perdu dessert lacked a bit of zing. Wines by the glass were really well chosen and the service could not have been better. All in all, a wonderful lunch and very good value. We have been raving about it since and recommending it to our friends"
dined on 15/04/2014
Especially if you fancy old
classics like Omelette Arnold Bennett; or beef hash with chilli eggs - great."
dined on 05/04/2014
We've been, several times now, to
this place. The room is beautiful, one of the nicest you'll find in London. Big, high ceilings, massive windows -- a classic Art Deco vibe to the place. The food is always very good, with a menu that changes enough to keep it interesting. My only minor complaint is that the service is very hit and miss. "We might have another drink" means just that, not "please nod and disappear for 10 minutes." Likewise, just too many moments where you feel like you've been forgotten. Don't get me wrong, the staff seem very nice, and seem to be trying their best - I just wonder if they're inexperienced or that the place is perhaps understaffed. Overall though, more than worth a visit."
dined on 04/04/2014
Perfect place to dine early with
guaranteed parking as we had 2 hour drive home ahead. Arrived at 6.30, the staff so nice that just three of you dining then you don't feel alone. The menu is varied - you can eat grandly or have a snack. Kir Royale and cocktails helped us recover from the day. Then oysters, the crab, chilli spaghetti and fish soup, all spot on followed by Thai fish curry ,- carpet burger with fried oyster. Great puds for two, pain perdu with apricots and sorbets all just right. By now the restaurant was quite full, a couple with well behaved children , - two regulars seemed like three times a weekers - people dressed up and celebrating and many more,, a lovely mix we hadn't noticed them arrive, a delicious brasserie."
dined on 03/04/2014
This is a real good place to bring
your friends because of the ambience. It was my first time and best on what I heard about it, I expected more from the food that was actually quite traditional on not very special"
dined on 01/04/2014
Excellent service and food
quality, and a comfortable spacious restaurant. And a convenient location top have dinner before catching a train from Paddington, as we found."
dined on 31/03/2014
Home made Bearnaise (nice),
overall food poor. Friendly front of house and restaurant staff but service very slow. Very poor value for money. Sorry but would not recommend"
dined on 29/03/2014
The food is brilliant modern
cooking, with excellent wine selections in a great ambience and with unobtrusive but terrific service. There is plenty space so you can have private conversation. One of my favourite restaurants."
dined on 27/03/2014
A good restaurant in a good
setting. To be in the top 50 as this restaurant is the difference between Cafe Anglais and it's competitors is the attention to detail. I felt they took the edge off a great meal by a rather petty action. Instead of having the mixed variety of ice cream I asked for one flavour, ginger. When it came it was just one small scope, but they still charged the full price for it. It was not a cheap meal and such a petty response to a request such as this is what we remember."
dined on 25/03/2014
I chose the £10 lunch not because
I wanted to save money -- though that's always nice -- but because it included dishes that looked interesting and turned out to be very enjoyable."
dined on 19/03/2014
This was a return visit, following
lunch there a couple of years ago, to say thank you to a cousin & his wife. The restaurant was surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening but everyone was still very much on their toes with the ambience not really being affected. The 1930s decor is quite classy and oozes a natural elegance that matches the offering from Rowley Leigh and his team. The staff are warm and friendly and have been well trained and the food, whilst somewhat traditional is cooked to the highest of standards. All this is done at a very reasonable price. Whilst Le Cafe Anglais is not cutting edge and trendy it will always be solid, dependable and would be regularly visited if we lived locally."
dined on 14/03/2014
"Fair" may be a bit harsh, but I
don't think the place was especially good. Service was impersonal - our waiter was almost a caricature of how I'd imagine a surly French waiter. I wondered if it were all an act and he was in fact from Peckham! Food was OK: Parmesan custard starter was very tasty, but the main of chicken and mushroom pie was more gravy than anything else (and only came with a side of wilted lettuce - had I realised, I probably would have ordered potatoes / chips). Dessert of chocolate fondant was very good. In summary, nothing was particularly wrong, but nothing wowed me either. I don't think that I'll go back. Bill was circa. £85 per head including half-bottle of wine each and service. Felt a bit pricey for the experience."
dined on 11/03/2014
We had attended the restaurant
before and was happy to receive the same seats. We had lunch before this time we had dinner. The restaurant wasn't very full so lacked ambience. Staff greeted us well and were reasonably attentive but just seemed to be going through the motion. My starter of celery and fennel soup was delicious but not warm enough as we're the new potatoes. My son enjoyed his steak. Overall overpriced and they did not say goodbye as we left. Will not be going again."
dined on 09/03/2014
I had no idea this restaurant
existed as you can't see it from the street, so only found out about it on Top Table. We had a lovely lunch with some really interesting and unusual starters and deserts as well a perfectly cooked traditional roasts. The service was excellent and the room is lovely art-deco and light and spacious. Because it is carpeted it is not noisy so you can have easy conversations. We will definitely go there again."
dined on 09/03/2014
All 4 in our party greatly enjoyed
the excellent food. As well as the fine cooking, we appreciated the interesting dishes on the menu. The spacious layout and professional service also contributed to a relaxed meal."
dined on 04/03/2014
Although Cafe Anglais is one of my
favourites, I had not been for Sunday lunch these last 12 months. As usual, roast beef was superb and the Yorkshire pudding was amazing, The pris fixe menu is extremely good value. Many families there with young children who were, individually, entertained by a young magician who went from table to table. An excellent innovation and, from what I could see, the parents were enjoying themselves as much as the children. One of the many advantages here is, no matter how busy the restaurant and no doubt thanks to the high ceilings and sift furnishings, is is never noisy. I'm through with restaurants where one has to yell at each other to be heard. Interesting wine list, too."
dined on 02/03/2014
When you walk in the place looks
really lovely, a place you feel you've come to that is rather special. Staff are friendly and thoughtful. The place is large. We all enjoyed our food. We had ordered extra toast which never arrived, but I think it was a young waiter who messed this up. We thought the brunch menu a little expensive, and when we asked if we could pick things off the brunch menu (as in not have the whole thing) they said we couldn't. Which was a pity. I just wanted an eggs benedict - not quite sure why they couldn't accommodate this request. Yes i we would all go again."
dined on 01/03/2014
This remains one of my very
favourite London restaurants. The Kitchen remains supberb and speks for itself. Whether I want a light supper (e.g. omelette fine herbes) or a full lunch or dinner, I receive the same impeccable, courteous service. My only beef remains the lavatories which are in a corridor so dark that one needs a torch to light the way - and the doors are so 'designery' that one has to grope about till they open. But the restaurant itself cannot be faulted. And, above all, one is not sitting in the lap of fellow diners and it's never noisy, no matter how full."
dined on 27/02/2014
We had a wonderful meal at le Cafe
Anglais this week. It is such an incredibly pleasant place to eat. Do not be put off by the fact that it is at the top of Whiteleys - you would never know it once you were through the door. In fact, it has a separate entrance on the street - but it also has a very useful car park on the roof - free if you ask them to stamp your parking ticket! The food is always great and the service is exceptional. We love it!"
dined on 25/02/2014
Dined here several times in the
past and always found it reliable and reasonable value. Good accessible wine list and we took advantage of their special wine offer on the night, half price for an upmarket red Burgundy. Not many diners on a Sunday evening in late February but the vast dining space felt quite cosy nevertheless."
dined on 23/02/2014
I've been here a handful of times
in the past few years, and always had a terrific experience. They have probably the best email newsletter of all the London restaurants - well-written, witty, punchy - and I'm tempted to visit more often than I am able to! This visit was a disappointment. Two of us had Sunday roasts, which were very poor. Roast potatoes were soggy, the meat serving was small and the gravy was thin and tasteless. The Sunday lunch my OH makes at home knocks spots off it! On a brighter note, the starters and puddings were good, and up to the usual Le C.A. standard. The roving magician is always fun. Service was fair: competent, but lacking any charm nor warmth. No-one thanked us nor said goodbye as we paid and left."
dined on 23/02/2014
Had delicious Sunday lunch, good
range of interesting starters - 'pike boudin' went down well for instance! All went for traditional roasts which were delicious. The Best Roast Potatoes ever - and an extra bowl arrived on request. Puds good too. At £50 per head, with one bottle of wine and service it was just about £10 per person more than I wanted to pay!"
dined on 23/02/2014
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