Shut your eyes hard enough and you could almost believe you’re at the seaside when you dine at Bucket. This, at least, is the idea. The concept behind Bucket is a laudable one – sustainably sourced fish – even if its realisation is somewhat laboured…
No guesses either for the street number or for what formerly occupied this site. Yet its reinvention as a restaurant is undoubtedly a good thing. The legacy is all there – one only needs to look at the exposed brickwork and concrete floor – but the main reason for coming is, undoubtedly, the cooking.
I had had high hopes visiting Hereford Road, but found them mostly disappointed. Located on the site of a former butcher’s and with offal as its USP, I have been led to believe that Hereford Road might have the potential to be as west London equivalent of the ever-popular St. John
With the iconic but still rather scary Trellick Tower in spitting distance and the roar of the Westway just yards away, you would not naturally expect to find culinary heaven, or at least a very good version of it.
Outdoor space and genuinely original culinary concepts that aren’t instant flops are a hard combination to find, even in London. Nonetheless, Dock Kitchen scores well on both counts, constituted a perfect place for a relaxed summer meal, and has the potential to be amazing, if only they upped their game in terms of service a bit.
Prior to visiting the Ledbury, I read the reviews that almost gushed with praise and bent over backwards to laud the restaurant. My inherent scepticism wondered whether it really was all just too good to be true.