Kensington’s Michelin starred neighbourhood restaurant

About us

Kitchen W8 is that rare thing – a genuinely relaxed and friendly Michelin starred neighbourhood restaurant. Our chef since launch has been Mark Kempson whose exceptional cooking along with his team won us our first Michelin star in 2011, an accolade which we have retained each year since then.

When we launched Kitchen W8 in 2009 we intended it to be a home from home, something which we strive to achieve year after year. Along the way we have made many great friends and loyal customers. Our benchmark for success is to send you back out into the world feeling better than when you arrived.

Philip Howard & Rebecca Mascarenhas


Food Style

Our style is modern English with a French soul. It is about integrity, simplicity and conviviality. Ingredients are centre-stage and we source them carefully from a short list of trusted suppliers. Menus change with the seasons to celebrate the arrival of new produce.

Neighbourhood Feel

As a neighbourhood restaurant getting our pricing right is key. We want our guests to use us regularly for both impromptu visits and special occasions alike. The restaurant has no dress code, so please join us in whatever feels comfortable.

Special Events

Throughout the year we produce one-off menus to celebrate special occasions, from Valentine’s Day to the arrival of autumn truffles.

Set Menu

Available from January to November, our set menu offers one of the very best deals available in London

Lunch – Monday to Saturday £34.50 for three courses

Early Evening – Monday to Friday £34.50 for three courses (6.00pm-6.45pm)

Evening reservations for our set menu will be for one and a half hours.

Tasting Menu

This five course tasting menu showcases seasonal produce with consummate skill. The menu costs £110.00 per person or £160.00 with wine flight.

Lunch – Monday to Saturday available to order from 12.30pm-1.30pm
Evening – Monday to Sunday available to order for all reservations



Great wines and no corkage on Sunday night

We have a carefully chosen list with both great value and special occasion wines to pair with any dish. We understand that you may occasionally wish to bring your own special bottle with you. We offer corkage at £30 per bottle, with a limit of one bottle per two people, up to a maximum of 4 bottles per booking. We do not allow corkage on Saturday evenings. On Sunday evenings we offer free corkage (with the exception of special events, Valentine’s day and NYE) with the same limit of one bottle per two people, up to a maximum of 4 bottles per booking. We may have limitations on glassware, so please discuss any intention to BYO with the team on reserving.

What’s on

July 15th to 28th

A celebration of native Cornish lobster

July marks the height of the Cornish lobster season, the time when they are most plentiful and the best value for money. To make the most of this amazing ingredient you’ll find a great choice of lobster dishes on the menu for limited period between July 15th and 28th.

You can choose from delicate starters – Poached Lobster Tail with Grilled Peach and Ajo Blanco – or indulge in a whole grilled Lobster with Tarragon Butter, or try Lobster Risotto or Lobster Cocktail. You can see all the dishes in their full glory below:

July 25th

Supper Club: Celebrating Shellfish

Once a month we set aside our private dining room for an intimate dinner at which Mark and sous chef Louis are given free rein to create a special one-off menu celebrating a fantastic ingredient.

 This month it’s shellfish, and what a menu it is. The best seafood in the world comes from British waters and, to showcase the best of the best, Mark has selected the finest langoustines from the Isle of Skye, scallops from Orkney and and oysters from Cornwall to tempt you.

If you’ve not been to one of our supper clubs before we know you’ll be bowled over by both the food and the conversation – it’s a great chance to meet fellow food lovers dining around a communal table.To join us email us at [email protected] or call 020 7937 0120.

*We always put our latest menus on our website but occasionally the menu may differ slightly on the day that you dine.


Reservations Policy

Online reservations are for a maximum of seven guests. Please note that the largest table we can accommodate in the main dining room is for seven guests. To secure your booking we will need to take details of your credit card. Please be aware that we have a 24 hours cancellation policy and if we are unable to rebook the table a charge of £50 per person will be made and donated to The Fulham Palace Gardens charity. For larger groups please email your enquiry to [email protected]. Our Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 14 guests.

If you are unable to book at your preferred time, would like to change your reservation or have any other queries, please call us on +44 (0)20 79370120, or email us [email protected] and we will be pleased to help. Occasionally we do have more availability than our online booking system will show so it’s always worth contacting us directly if your ideal date/time appears unavailable.

Our People

Mark Kempson

Head Chef

Mark Kempson has been at the Helm of Kitchen W8 since the opening. His phenomenal skills, drive and passion for food add talent and strength to the team. His calm demeanour is inspirational in the kitchen and he shows a real understanding in providing food that people want to eat rather than just marvel at. Mark previously worked at The Square with Phil Howard and also The Vineyard at Stockcross with John Campbell.

Phil Howard


Philip Howard has always been a “chef’s chef”, quietly notching up years of service and influencing the industry immeasurably. Formerly Head Chef and co-owner of The Square for twenty five years, Phil is now chef and co-owner with Rebecca Mascarenhas of Elystan Street in Chelsea. Known for his delicacy of touch and his emphasis on seasonality and flavour Phil held two Michelin stars for 17 years of his tenure at The Square. He has spent much of his career nurturing chefs and enjoys showcasing his protégés. He remains a partner in three restaurants; Kitchen W8,  Church Road and Elystan Street.

Rebecca Mascarenhas


In 1986, she opened the definitive neighbourhood restaurant and proved that it was possible to have delicious food locally. Sonny’s Kitchen, in Barnes was a pioneer, and the restaurant is full of residents who are delighted that they do not have to trek into the West End for a good night out. Thirty years later it continues to be a success. Continuing her passion for high quality neighbourhood establishments, Rebecca also owns HomeSW15 in Putney.

Allegra Morelli

General Manager

Allegra’s journey into hospitality was probably inevitable, having been steeped in it from an early age in her family’s restaurant in the Piedmontese Alps. Despite starting a degree in Business & Economics, she was lured away to study for a diploma with the Italian Sommeliers’ Association. She cut her teeth in renowned restaurants in Tuscany, Alba and Lazio before heading to London in 2019 and a job as a Chef de Rang at Kitchen W8. Her understated confidence, charisma, collaborative drive and knowledge all contribute to her success as a manager.


We have held one Michelin star since 2011.

The Michelin Guide says:
“Using top quality ingredients, dishes with distinct flavours are carefully prepared to a consistently high standard.”

Kitchen W8 is in the SquareMeal Awards 2023: The 100 Best Restauarnts in London

SquareMeal says:
“This Michelin-starred restaurant in Kensington continues to turn out refined, uncomplicated, perfectly cooked plates in its elegantly understated dining room”


It’s the sort of restaurant every neighbourhood should have because it succeeds on so many levels.

The Michelin Guide, 2022

Kitchen W8 is a Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant that isn’t to be missed. Warm, welcoming and unforgettable, the dishes all pull from ingredients that are both local and seasonal.

Forbes, 2021

Kitchen W8 is that rare beast – a neighbourhood restaurant offering a menu of metropolitan sophistication in a room that oozes buzz, yet feels serene.

Anthea Gerrie, Trip Reporter, 2021

For the quality of food, flawless service and its upmarket postcode, Kitchen W8 is one of the best-value Michelin-starred restaurants in London.

Square Meal, 2022

Kitchen W8 shrewdly delivers a winning neighbourhood-cum-destination format.

The AA Restaurant Guide, 2022

The British menu with a French influence features a list of things you really want to eat. All of them.

Time & Leisure, 2021

This restaurant has everything I love about eating out. Atmosphere, location, deliciousness, newly discovered wines and a chance to talk and talk.

Charlotte Peters, Shooting UK, 2022

After a decade at the helm of Michelin-starred London restaurant Kitchen W8, Mark Kempson continues to encapsulate everything great about modern, seasonal British cookery.

Great British Chefs

When everything works, when the stars align and it all comes together, it is something very special indeed, and that was exactly what we experienced at Kitchen W8.

Sophie Farrah, Essential Surrey, 2022

Buy Vouchers

If you would like to treat someone to a meal out at Kitchen W8 as a special gift you can purchase our gift vouchers online. The vouchers are valid for 18 months from the date of purchase.  If you want the voucher to be sent directly to the recipient you can fill in their email address during the purchase process. If you want to download the voucher yourself so that you can email it or print it out then leave the email details of the recipient blank. To download the voucher just click on the unique voucher code on the receipt that will be emailed to you after your purchase has been completed.
All the voucher recipient needs to do is bring the voucher with them on the day, having already mentioned that they will be paying or part paying by voucher at the time of booking (you can add a note in the guest notes section if booking online).


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Private dining

With its close proximity to the entrance yet separated from the main dining area, the private dining room at Kitchen W8 remains very much at the heart of the restaurant. It’s the perfect place to host an entirely bespoke event for up to 14 guests. Be it a special family occasion, a formal business lunch, a casual dinner or a structured wine event we can deliver a truly exemplary experience.

Contact & Info

You will find us just off High Street Kensington and close to Holland Park and the Design Museum

Kitchen W8
11-13 Abingdon Road
London W8 6AH
Reservations: 020 7937 0120

12.15-2.30pm Monday – Saturday
12.15-3pm Sunday

6.00-9.00pm Monday – Saturday
6.30-8.00pm Sunday

Nearest Tube:

High Street Kensington
Earls Court

Bus routes:
No. 9, 10, 27, 328, C1

There is pay and display (2 hour max) on Abingdon Road, directly outside the restaurant as well as residents’ parking. There are also car parks nearby.

For all enquiries please email [email protected]

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We are always on the lookout for talented, friendly individuals who are keen to learn. If you are thinking about the next step in your career, please send your CV to [email protected]. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Our Sister Restaurants


92-94 Church Road, Barnes SW13 0DQ

Church Road is the newest restaurant in our family. A relaxed local restaurant with a chic bar, it opened in September 2019. It has been recentley praised by restaurant guide Hardens for its ‘very high quality food’.


43 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NT

When it was launched to huge acclaim in 2016 Elystan Street was named London’s best new restaurant. Critics described the food as ‘sublime’ and ‘thrilling’. It showcases the cooking of Phil Howard, one of Britain’s foremost chefs in a relaxed and contemporary environment.


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