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“Lovely continental cafe in the Ampersand hotel”
Review of Apero

Ranked #803 of 24,084 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: South Kensington
Description: Take sanctuary from the street-level bustle and dive in to the flavours of the Mediterranean at Apero, the all-day neighbourghood brasserie nestled in the vaulted cellars of the Ampersand Hotel. With leather snugs, Spanish tiled floors and exposed bricks this intimate London restaurant and bar is where South Kensington chick meets Mediterranean zest. Apero chef Chris Golding isn't interested in stuffy gastronomy but creating great, unpretentious food packed with colour and fresh seasonal, ingredients. His easygoing menus are perfect for a relaxed meal, from breakfast to supper. Highlights include our popular sharing menus - flavourful Mediterranean-style eats that work at any hour - and the great value £12.00 Lunch special. Apero's bar is a convivial place to sample our quirky signature cocktails like the Tintoretto or L'Oiseau de Feu, all of them inspired by the collection at the Victoria and Albert museum. You can also experience The Ampersand's wine cellar in The Wine Room, adjacent to Apero, which seats 10 beneath a stunning chandelier. The Wine Room is available for private hire. Just ask our events team for details. Sharing Menu - £30 per person Lunch special - 2 courses/3 courses - £12.00/£15.00
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Great food, intimate setting. Nice decor, great staff. Perfect for a quiet evening. The food is Mediterranean/continental and focuses on small plates to share.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

Staying at the @ hotel for the first time. Headed down to the restaurant expecting the usual average hotel restaurant food. How wrong could I be!

The food is awesome. Tasting plates of a good size means you can have three dishes if you are hungry.

Courgette flowers with salt cod - brilliant

Octopus, tomato, olives en papillote - simple, beautiful flavours

Pork cheeks, beet root and artichoke - brilliant finish.

Top that off with some friendly casual service. I will be bringing everyone I know to Apero - food as it should be!

Thank Scott P
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Just around the corner from the Natural History Museum and almost opposite South Kensington tube station is this hidden gem of a restaurant. Apero is located in the vaulted cellar at The Ampersand hotel. The head chef Chris Golding, who took time to introduce himself to us, has trained under some the countries best chefs and cooked in some of the capitals finest - including a number of " Michelin Star " rated restaurants - before becoming head chef at the Apero. This really shows in the quality, originality and fun of the menu offered. The Sharing menu is a terrific and unexpected experience.
Great value -- pay three times as much at a " named chef " restaurant and you will miss this hidden treasure.

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1  Thank Steve G
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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

We dropped into the hotel around 13.30 hrs on a Wednesday and asked if we could just have a glass of wine. We were guided to go downstairs to the restaurant. In the restaurant most tables had a reservation sign however we were guided to a table after asking for only a drink. The restaurant was mainly empty. After a few minutes another waitress, possibly the restaurant manager, came and told us we could not just have a drink and told us to go back upstairs to the coffee lounge for a drink.

I explained that we had been told to go down stairs if we wanted a drink as the ground floor lounge only served coffee. She seemed surprised and not concerned to help us.

Clearly poor communication and lack of sound management or staff training.

A little effort on the part of the staff could have avoided us giving this Very Poor rating.

1  Thank ZZHC
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Diner with the family after a long day arriving in London, staying at the hotel, Apero was an obvious option that turned out very good, original, complex in composition but very light dishes made to be ordered together and shared, we opt for the carte as the menu appears on the expensive side, food was very delicate and original mixture and flavor, very small portion and thus quite high money for value but friendly and quick service made it deserved, atmosphere in the semi undergrood restaurant is also very charming, bar diner possible.

Thank Djaypee38
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