It’s hard to miss The Ladbroke Arms with its award-winning display of hanging baskets giving the small terrace out front a personality all its own. Having wandered away from the bustling tourist hotspot that is Portobello just a few streets away, The Ladbroke becomes welcome relief for those in the know when in West London.
With seasonal menus sourced locally wherever possible the options are short but sweet. Cocoa-rolled venison, braised pork belly with black pudding or pan-fried plaice with Israeli cous-cous all tempt the tastebuds all year round.
Those friends easily persuaded with promise of a spot of sunning oneself over a bottle of Provençal rosé are the ones to ask for assistance for table-nabbing from midday at weekends. It may seem like a high level of commitment but is well worth it (they don’t take reservations on these hence the need to get there early).