Celeb hangout Chiltern Firehouse is ‘meh’ and the River Café serves ‘uneventful’ dishes so where can you eat out in London and not be disappointed?

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Do London's diners think Michel's kitchen has been naughty or nice this year?

Tis the season to eat, be merry and, well, eat some more. But where?

 

Panic not dear friends because the 24th edition of Harden’s London Restaurant Guide has spoken.

 

Compiled from 65,000 reviews by "ordinary diners" it reveals where you should – and shouldn't – be eating out in the capital just in time for Christmas. Yay.

For the top gastronomic experience


No 1: The Ledbury
Where: Notting Hill
Head chef: Brett Graham
Expect to eat: two Michelin-starred grub such as guinea fowl, potatoes baked in hay, black truffle, sweetcorn and girolles
 

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No 2: Le Gavroche
Where: Mayfair
Head chef:  Michel Roux Jr
Expect to eat: really good French food from another two Michelin-starred restaurant

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No 3: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Where: Knightsbridge
Head chef: Ashley Palmer-Watts
Expect to eat: savoury porridge with frogs' legs, steak with mushroom ketchup and a chocolate bar with passionfruit jam. Well, it is a Heston Blumenthal restaurant

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No 4: Chez Bruce
Where: Wandsworth Common
Head chef: Matt Christmas
Expect to eat: Michelin-starred food with a French / Mediterranean twist

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No 5: Pollen Street Social
Where: Soho
Head chef: Ross Bryans
Expect to eat: Jason Atherton’s fine dining bistro serves dishes such as suckling pig, pumpkin puree, kale, spiced plums and granola clusters

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For the most disappointing cooking

No 1: Oxo Tower Restaurant
Where: South Bank
Head chef: Jeremy Bloor
Expect to eat: think fillet of beef, girolle mushrooms, parmesan gnocchi and spiced golden raisin puree

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No 2: Dinner (yes, this appeared in the best restaurant list too and no, we don’t understand it either)
Where: Madarin Oriental, Knightsbridge
Head chef: Ashley Palmer-Watts
Expect to eat: well, it’s Heston Blumenthal so savoury porridge and quirky puds

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No 3: Colbert
Where: Sloane Square
Head chef: Andrew Woodford
Expect to eat: French classics such as onion soup and moules marinière

 

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No 4: The Ivy
Where: West End
Head chef: Gary Lee
Expect to eat: crackling roast pork belly with sprout tops, crab apple relish and sage or slow cooked salt beef with heritage carrots and horseradish cream

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No 5: Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Where: Chelsea
Head chef: Clare Smyth
Expect to eat: modern French cuisine, such as sautéed foie gras or caramelised tarte tatin

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Do you agree? What are your favourite and least favourite restaurants in the UK? Let us know in the comments box below