REVIEW: SUNDAY LUNCH AT THE TERRACE

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bloody love a good Sunday lunch, and there’s nothing better than eating simple grub cooked well. The Terrace is located just moments from High Street Kensington, but has all the cosiness of a neighbourhood restaurant. Trying out their Sunday offering, it’s clear that head chef James Kelly is set to please more than just a few locals.

The menu offers three courses of relaxed fare, ensuring a classy but comforting way to get your weekend treats. A starter of crab croquettes hit just the right balance of salty seafood and sharp sliced apple, while a combo of multicoloured beetroot and blood orange lifted the veggie stalwart of goat’s cheese out of any cliches.

Mains were similarly inventive yet relaxed: roast chicken on celeriac puree brought together the crisp of chicken skin with the crunch of herb-studded black pudding, and a gnocchi dish married the pan-fried potato dumplings with perfectly roasted cauliflower florets and the tang of Montgomery cheddar.

Soldiering on for pudding, we were treated to a rhubarb and stem ginger Mess that pitted the sweetness of meringue and cream against the sharpness of a perfectly pink rhubarb sorbet. The Valhrona chocolate fondant was near-defeating in its richness, yet somehow disappeared alongside the candied walnuts and syrupy coffee ice cream.

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Of course, there’s no Sunday lunch without a top-up of your weekend alcohol levels, and The Terrace’s wine list means there’s no need to worry yourself over how to do it. Alternatively, there are cocktails for the bold, or easily tempted…

The Terrace has only recently started serving Sunday lunches, but with fantastic food and drink served in elegant but relaxed surroundings, it seems like they were born to do it.

Sundays 12pm – 3.30pm
The Terrace, 33C Holland St London W8 4LX
www.theterraceonhollandstreet.co.uk