Maggie Jones, Kensington

London is full of little hidden gems that most of the time I've never even heard of! And of course it's always wonderful to discover somewhere new to visit and recommend to others. So, when the lovely folk at Maggie Jones got in touch and asked me to come down and review their restaurant I was intrigued as I'd never even heard of them before!

To be honest, unless it had been recommended to me, I never would have even stumbled across it. Tucked away in a little Kensington side street, from the outside Maggie Jones looks like somewhere you wouldn't even notice, while the inside is like a cosy wizard's house - all wood with baskets hanging from the ceiling and dimly lit by candlelight. 

It was definitely one of those places you could imagine curling up in during the Winter months while the rain pours down outside. 

After we were seated we were promptly given a bowl of raw veggies with a really delicious dressing alongside them, as well as fresh bread. 

We made our choices from the menu. The food here is hearty, British cuisine and it really reminds me of an old tavern from a Lord of the Rings movie (in the best way!). 

My dad (who accompanied me on my visit) ordered the crab and avocado which was so fresh and really delicious. I actually preferred it over my choice, but that was amazing too. 

I went for the tart of the day, which was onion on the day we visited. It was served warm and was melt in your mouth delicious. I have to say as well the starter portion sizes were huge! I could have easily just had a starter here and been completely full, which is good value for money of course! 

Then our mains arrived, which again were very hearty and delicious meals. My dad had the fish pie topped with mash. 

While I went for the sea bream fillets with fennel and saffron sauce. 

We also ordered far too many sides, including french beans...

...cauliflower cheese...

...and enough mash to sink a battleship! As you can tell i was eager to tuck in before taking a photo of this one...

The mains and sides were all delicious but very heavy and filling. I honestly felt like I was in a food coma by the end of it! The size of the cauliflower cheese alone was enough to tide me over for a week! I feel like this is just down to the style of the food - it's like the food your mother used to make.

My dad also had a classic champagne cocktail on the side.

Finally, it was time for dessert and my dad went for the vanilla ice cream with chocolate and brandy sauce which he really liked. 

I went for the apple crumble with custard which I have to say was probably my least favourite course. I'm not a huge cinnamon fan and this was pretty heavy on the cinnamon, so this was just down to personal preference.

Overall, I would definitely recommend visiting Maggie Jones if you're in the High Street Kensington area, especially when the weather starts to get cooler again and you're looking for a real hearty, British restaurant with cosy vibes and great food. 

Let me know if you've ever visited Maggie Jones before! x

Our meal at Maggie Jones was complimentary in exchange for review but all opinions are my own.