The Shed: Farm Fresh in Notting Hill


Occupying the sweet spot between fussy farm-to-table evangelism and homespun comfort-food casualness, the Shed makes a perfect destination for your next date night in London. Stepping into the garden courtyard of this Notting Hill charmer feels like walking onto a rural farmstead, with ivy climbing the bricks and disused oil drums tucked in the corner. That rustic feel continues all the way through the bar and dining area, where wine glasses hang from the overturned bonnet of an old John Deere tractor, vintage ads for farm equipment adorn the walls, and painted barrels topped with a wooden slab form your table for the evening. Admittedly, the atmosphere might be a bit contrived, but you’re here to enjoy a menu that’s as authentic as they come. Start off with their ever-changing cocktail special known as the daily loosener (like the pear crumble: apple, vanilla, lemon, pear, and vodka) and keep an ear out for the clanging of a cowbell coming down the aisle. Following the din is a duo of toque-wearing servers, one bearing a parsley-ringed shoulder shank or succulent brisket, while the other chases after with a platter of Yorkshire puddings. If you and your sweetie aren’t sufficiently enticed by the weekend “theatre joint,” there are other daring creations to savor that embrace the Shed’s zero-waste, nose-to-tail ethos. Look out for inventive dishes using local game like pigeon, rabbit, and venison, as well as pork and beef raised on the restaurant’s family-owned farm up in Nutbourne. Whatever your choice, you’ll surely win points with your sweetie for this delicate balance of sustainability, scrumptiousness, and romance.

The Shed

122 Palace Gardens Terrace London W8 4RT

44 20 7229 4024

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