Kitchen Notes

Thank you – Early October

October 3, 2020

Westbourne Grove Our first thank you is to everyone in Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove for welcoming us so warmly into our new home there! We are so happy to be part of such a wonderful community, and we are looking forward to meeting even more of the locals.


September News

August 28, 2020

The Restaurant   Friday March 20th seems a lifetime ago, and memories of the final dinner service before our temporary closure have faded. We had no idea then just how long this sad, empty and joyless moment in the history of Clarke‚Äôs would have lasted. Happily though, I


August News

August 9, 2020

The Corner Shop Opening an extension to our Shop opposite the Restaurant during a global pandemic was possibly not something a sane person would do – but that was precisely what we did last week. Having worked on our plans and ideas for well over a year, taking


This week – New Bread Shop (and coffee!)

July 25, 2020

No peas, no apricots or fava beans this week…. Instead – we welcome you all to a new chapter in our lives! This coming week the Shop will be closed on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th, allowing our builders time to break through from the ‚Äėold‚Äô shop into


News and Sunday’s favourite – the fig

June 28, 2020

With the recent (not unexpected) news of the relaxation of the quarantine rules, my thoughts are turning to those who will be heading for the airports, as they move from one heatwave to another. If I was not focusing on the opening of our new Corner Shop and


News and Sunday’s favourite – the cherry

June 21, 2020

We like to think that Kensington has become almost as famous as Japan for its cherry blossom walks. Even though travelling abroad may not have been part of your itinerary this Spring, you may still have been able to experience blossoming cherry trees earlier this year, as they were to be found in profusion


News and Sunday’s favourite – the fava bean

June 14, 2020

The Restaurant has used beautiful fava beans every summer for well over 30 years, in salads, soups, risotto, pasta dishes, with roasted sea bass or salmon or with lamb. Although the earlier arrivals from Italy and Spain have already appeared in the markets, we normally prefer to wait


News and Sunday’s favourite

June 7, 2020

¬†As we gently and tentatively start to move away from the terrors of C19, we are pleased to announce that later this month¬†¬†we will be extending the Corner Shop. ¬† Once social distancing is a thing of the past,¬†we will allow ‚Äėthrough-traffic‚Äô¬†from¬†the existing shop to the Corner,¬† but



May 31, 2020

Sally is¬†hopeful that during June she will be announcing some good news regarding both the Corner Shop extension and the Restaurant re-opening date. Meanwhile,¬†she would like to share a few kitchen secrets with you. Starting this week, she focuses on a favourite early Summer ingredient, green asparagus.  


An Update

May 23, 2020

Whilst Sally, Paul and Michele await the ‚Äėgreen light‚Äô from the government, we are busily working behind the scenes to prepare the Restaurant for its re-opening. The floors are being re polished, the walls re painted, the plants tended and watered and the menus are being written to