Last night I visited the new Park Terrace restaurant in the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington. The revamped venue has a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with views over Kensington Gardens, and the park theme continues in the food and drink menus.
We started off in the relaxed bar area, with two non-alcoholic cocktails: a Parkside Cooler (strawberry puree, peach juice, fresh mint, orange juice) and a Virgin Vanilla Mojito (apple juice, fresh mint, lime juice, vanilla sugar, lemonade).
Next, we moved into the fine dining restaurant to sample chef Steve Munkley’s food. The restaurant sources lots of ingredients from small, local suppliers – including meat from Essex, sea bass farmed in a disused quarry in Anglesey, British cheeses, and wild mushrooms from the New Forest.
I chose Ticklemore goats’ cheese with ratatouille for starters. It came wrapped in thin slices of green and yellow courgette, and was fresh and creamy. My guest opted for the Shetland organic salmon, which was also delicious.
There was only one vegetarian main course – ravioli of Ogleshield cheese with chanterelle mushrooms, pesto and black olives, which was tasty and not too heavy. My guest enjoyed the English chicken breast with herb gnocchi.
We both agreed that one of best things about the meal was the amazing carrots. Whatever main course you choose, make sure you order the carrots. We were literally fighting over the last one in the vegetable dish!
For pudding we shared a raspberry flapjack with pear sorbet and soured raspberries, which was light and fruity and beautifully presented.
Park Terrace is hidden away at the back of the Royal Garden Hotel, without its own entrance from the street. But it’s worth seeking out for the lovely fresh food and refined but friendly service.
Park Terrace, Royal Garden Hotel, 2 Kensington High Street, London, W8. Two courses £26.50, three courses £31.50