West London

Hereford Road


British | West London

For seasonal British food done brilliantly you can't go wrong with Hereford Road where the former head chef of St. John Bread and Wine, Tom Pemberton, is in charge of the kitchen.

Restaurant details

3 Hereford Road, Westbourne Grove, London W2 4AB
Nearest tube: 
Notting Hill Gate
Telephone number: 020 7727 1144

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Best for: 
Sunday roasts


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3 Hereford Road, Westbourne Grove, London W2 4AB


Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 7
Amol Rajan Independent
Reviewed on January 08, 2012
"Properly British, proudly simple, and professionally delivered –through Hereford Road, gastronomic Hendersonism is thriving in west London too." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Dos Hermanos Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on September 25, 2008
"With this style of cooking there’s nowhere to hide if the ingredients aren’t of a decent quality and the cooking itsn’t spot-on. Hereford Road almost gets it right and given the reasonable (for London) prices that makes it a decent local bet." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Mark Bolland ES Magazine Estimated score
Reviewed on January 14, 2008
"I honestly can't think who this restaurant is aimed at. Hereford Road needs to take stock of itself, and quickly. Apart from fine-tuning a menu that is strong on basics but lacks overall vision, it really needs to rethink its décor." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Matthew Norman Guardian
Reviewed on December 22, 2007
"This... is a cracking neighbourhood joint in which the highly talented owner-chef Tom Pemberton, formerly of St John Bread & Wine, serves proper, gutsy, richly flavourful food in big portions, but does so at prices that hint more at a labour of love than any desire to get rich quick. READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on November 11, 2007
"It was made and served by charming, nice, well-meaning people who were working hard, and it’s a crying shame that the food simply isn’t a credit to their obvious effort." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed on November 04, 2007
"That's the thing about the St John style of simple, seasonal, unadorned and unadulterated food. There is nowhere to hide. Get the produce, the flavour combination, the seasoning or the timing wrong and it is the emperor's new clothes. Nail it, and it is suddenly wow, look at that cloth, that cut, that glittering gold trim." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6.5
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on November 03, 2007
"...Hereford Road emerged as a really convivial neighbourhood restaurant. My guests, locals who thought they wouldn't enjoy the St John style of eating, were absolutely converted. And Amen to that." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh London Lite Estimated score
Reviewed on October 31, 2007
"Like St John, so-called since it is situated on St John Street, Hereford Road's uninspired name disguises an inspired way with humble, fresh seasonal ingredients. It does way more than what it says on the tin, and without a tin in sight." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed on October 31, 2007
"No one has ever gone to the St John group restaurants for the ambience, though, and this place is surely really all about the food. What we had was hard to criticise, but equally tough to get too excited about." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed by October 27, 2007
"But Hereford Road is its own place. The fact is that for all Henderson’s being touted as the great revolutionary leader of a new kind of British eating, very few actual restaurants (too few) have followed his lead. And Hereford Road has, perforce, and it’s a brilliant thing." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on October 17, 2007
"Pemberton has created an attractive, simply decorated restaurant from former curiosity Veronica's. The neighbourhood should rejoice." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6.5
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on October 17, 2007
"Every dish we tried on the daily-changing menu at Hereford Road was so assured, so well thought through and so delicious, it gives the original St John in Clerkenwell a run for its money." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 17, 2007
"In the main course not everything tried was unassailable. Pot roast saddle of mutton had a strange flavour, a fatty texture unrelieved by the accompanying fennel and spineless salsa verde and just a very drab look. Not so much schoolhouse as workhouse." READ REVIEW

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