Review – Books for Cooks in Notting Hill

A neighborhood gem in Notting Hill – one of the most unique places you will find in London. Books for Cooks is the kind of place you want to find out about and visit. There is a shop in the front that sells cookbooks featuring any cuisine possible as well as a 9-series range of favourite recipes of the Books from Cooks test kitchen. In the back, there is a cafe/restaurant serving a daily seasonal 3-course menu. When entering, it is hard to miss the blackboard noting the daily menu and the selection of mouth-watering desserts on display. The starter is often soup and the dessert is an offering of homemade cakes and/or crumbles.

Prices cannot be beat – starter only (£3), starter and main (£5), starter, main, & dessert . Good coffee is available.  Service is efficient and warm.  Get there early (by 12:15 on weekdays) if you want to eat lunch as the food is served until it is gone and tables are seated on a first come first serve.  Tables are communal so be prepared to sit with others if there are open seats at your table.

I recently had a delightful main of beef in red wine and shallots.  It was topped with carrots and fresh parsley.  It was prepared using Hugh’s Three Good Things….on a plate cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  The dish was delicious and one I would like to try to cook myself.

Insider Tips:

  • Ask for 2 types of dessert split 1/2 and 1/2 for your portion. 
  • Note that the menu on Tuesdays is vegetarian.
  • Don’t miss it if near Portobello Road Market!  Be sure to stop across the street at The Spice Shop either before or after lunch.
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays.
  • Get there early!!

It is near to Holland Park for an afternoon walk after enjoying the irresistible cakes at Books for Cooks.

Books for Cooks

4 Blenheim Crescent 

London W11 1NN

020 7221 1992

Tube Station: Ladbroke Grove or Notting Hill Gate

Closed  Sun-Mon; Open 10-6 Tues-Sat and occasionally for Supper Club

Reservations: Not possible for lunch; check for details on Supper Club if interested




Filed under Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill

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