The Glasshouse is a long established institution in Kew that opened its doors back in 1999 and got it’s first well deserved Michelin star in 2002. The owners Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole are also the team behind the high end London restaurants La Trompette and Chez Bruce.
The modern restaurant is situated in the unique shopping area of beautiful Kew Village, just steps away from the station. Nestled amidst little independent shops like Pether, Mia Wood, Kew Bookshop and the beautiful Kew Gardener you could almost overlook this acclaimed fine dining neighbourhood restaurant.
We visited The Glasshouse after a refreshing Sunday morning stroll through Kew Gardens (Victoria Gate is only a 5 minute walk from the restaurant) and were the first guests to enter. The dining room is rather small and intimate with tables that are close to each other. However, the big glass front gives it a light and airy feel. The interior design is minimalistic with light beige accents, colourful artwork and glossy wooden floors.
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Both, the french white asparagus with pecorino feuilleté, meyer lemon and saffron sabayon and the rabbit ballotine with pancetta, wild garlic, heritage carrots and mustard sauce that we ordered for starters were absolutely delicious.
For mains we both had the loin of Welsh lamb with artichoke, aubergine caviar and rosemary jus. The little square of slow cooked lamb that was hidden underneath a chargrilled artichoke just melted in the mouth.
To round off an excellent meal we ordered the vanilla panna cotta with poached Yorkshire rhubarb and ginger crumble and spiced apple crumble with vanilla ice cream. Mine was the panna cotta which had a beautiful consistency and taste. The seasonal rhubarb added a nice acidity to the sweetness of the panna cotta.
If you are looking for beautiful & elegant food in nice and relaxed surroundings, The Glasshouse is the right choice.
The Glasshouse 14 Station Parade, Kew TW9 3PZ, United Kingdom +44 (0)20 8940 6777