Restaurants with the best set menus in London

Side-step the hassle of decision-making

Some snobby, foodie types may frown at the set-menu, considering it a lazy option by which to feed oneself. These same folk relish every moment it takes to deliberate their a la carte choices, mentally comparing and contrasting flavours and all the while - and this is the real joy - narrating the decision to the entire table. Super. Super company.

So, unless you're especially eager to try a particular dish, hand the decision-making over to the chef and have one of the pre-selected menus - it'll be easier on the pocket and it'll make you far better company around the dinner table.

The Ledbury
127 Ledbury Road W11 2AQ
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Westbourne Park (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: London’s favourite restaurant offers a set lunch menu priced at £45 for four courses. The dishes show as much flair as those on the à la carte, for a fraction of the cost.

  • 3/100
  • OUR REVIEW 10/10
34 Portman Street W1H 7BY
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Marble Arch (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Lunch starts from £24.90 for two courses at Texture, where dishes are ingredient-led and influenced by the Scandinavian heritage of chef Agnar Sverisson.

  • 37/100
Gauthier Soho
21 Romilly Street W1D 5AF
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Alexis Gauthier’s healthy fine dining is a bargain at lunchtime, and nowhere else will you eat in such super-chic, elegant surroundings for just £18 for two courses.

  • 82/100
  • USERS 8/10
Pollen Street Social
8 - 10 Pollen Street W1S 1NQ
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Jason Atherton’s informal restaurant boasts a mouth-watering standalone dessert bar. The set lunch is every bit as exciting as the main menu, and is £26 for two courses.

  • 9/100
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
66 Knightsbridge SW1X 7LA
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Knightsbridge

AIL Says: Historical recipes from the 14th century onwards are faithfully reproduced here. The set menu only offers two options per course, but it’s £38 for three courses which is a snip compared to the a la carte.

  • 7/100
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 8/10
Lima London
Rathbone Place W1T 1JH
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Lima’s food is all about gutsy, flavoursome dishes. Incredibly for a Michelin-starred restaurant, the set lunch/pre-theatre meal is a steal at just £20 for two courses.

  • USERS 10/10
130 Regent's Park Road NW1 8XL
Region: Primrose Hill
Nearest Station: Chalk Farm (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This neighbourhood restaurant has been going strong for over 30 years, and young Welsh chef Bryn Williams continues to enhance its reputation with his fantastic Modern European menu. The two course lunch has the incredible price tag of £13.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Hereford Road
3 Hereford Road W2 4AB
Region: Bayswater
Nearest Station: Bayswater (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Tom Pemberton’s honest British food has made this a neighbourhood favourite. Dishes like crispy pork and dandelion, and sardines with kohlrabi and monk’s beard feature on the set menu, which is fantastic value at just £13.50 for two courses.

  • USERS 9/10
39 Whitfield Street W1T 2SF
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street

AIL Says: It’s impossible to get a table in the evening, but the lunchtime set menu features some of the same extraordinary dishes as the main menu. £28 for four courses.

  • 50/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 3/10

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