Whoever said breakfast is the most important meal of the day clearly never stood in front of a sad freezer wondering whether Dry Your Eyes was actually written about a £5 lunch meal deal. No, you deserve better than a sandwich that looks like an accident at the mayonnaise factory, especially when you’re in one of London’s best dining locations. From great, affordable jerk chicken to-go, to a dressed-up boozer that’s perfect for a special occasion, these are the Notting Hill lunches that won’t let you down.
Perfect for: Tzatziki, meatballs, and catch-ups that end in that 2pm half-cut holiday feeling.
Oopsie, our hand slipped and now we’ve had three coconut cocktails over lunch. This is an inevitable part of daytime dining at Suzi Tros. There’s just something about this little Greek spot that makes you feel like you’ve escaped the city for a sunny slice of Thessaloniki. Maybe it’s the grilled calamari. Maybe it’s the mosaic flooring. Or maybe it’s their super fruity cocktail list. Whatever it is, we’re into it. Go for a couple of counter seats at the bar if you want to keep things casual, or for something more special occasion head to Mazi, their sister restaurant next-door.
Perfect for: Park hangs with a whole lot of jerk chicken.
Okay, here’s your game plan - you can thank us later, and yes, we do like presents - head to classic Caribbean takeaway Jay Dees, order the jerk chicken, rice and peas, and some saltfish patties too, because, why not. Pay up, then delicately carry your tupperware of fruity, spicy goods as if it’s your firstborn up the road to Tavistock Square Gardens. Find a bench or a nice grassy spot and then make a lot of self-satisfied ‘nom’ noises as you dig in. Lunch? Completed it mate. By the way, they’re cash only.
Perfect for: Eating vermicelli noodles and seafood al fresco.
Uli is a restaurant that’s just really, really nice. You know the type - good food, great service, easy meals that never let you down. Serving a mix of Chinese, Thai, and Malaysian, you’ll find everything from dim sum to coconut curry on their menu, but our go-to is the Singapore vermicelli noodles with tiger prawns or something from the seafood section. The best thing about this place is their big, bright terrace out front, and you can’t go wrong with a couple of glasses of white wine alongside their two-course £12.95 set lunch menu.
Perfect for: Getting a little work done or feeling as fresh as Gwenyth Paltrow’s lower colon after a cleanse.
Natoora is one of those places that promotes fresh seasonal eating and something we’ve heard referred to as ‘good health’. Although this small corridor deli and greengrocers is more of a casual spot for getting some work done over something tasty involving pine nuts and radish, you can also hit it up with a friend for a light bite and some coffee. You should know that the menu changes daily depending on what’s available and also that it’s basically physically impossible to leave without buying a jar of something fermented from the shop.
Perfect for: A special lunch with a special someone.
Gold is technically a pub, in the same way that we’re technically the same species as Timothée Chalamet. Yes, this huge three-storey pub and restaurant is far more glossy than your average boozer. We’re talking plush tan banquette seating, arty murals, foliage, exposed brick, and an open-roof back conservatory that is basically the Garden of Eden if Marie Kondo gave it a good tidy up. Again, despite being a pub, you really shouldn’t underestimate the food here as their seasonal small plates are excellent. Be sure not to miss the wood-roasted whole sea bream.
You’ve finished lunch. Now what?
If you want a digestif:
Grab a boozy cocktail at The Electric Diner. Or you know, grab several.
If you’re already thinking about dinner:
Hands up if you want tacos. All hands should currently be raised, or honestly, we probably can’t be friends anymore. Book a table for the evening at Taqueria for margaritas, chicken tacos, and plenty of tequila-fuelled hilarity.
If you want a coffee:
Hit up Lowry and Baker on Portobello Road for cute vintage crockery, nice coffee, and outdoor seating.
Or check out our full guide on what to eat in Notting Hill here.