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“Pretty place but terrible service and poor food” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket Babylon
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Ranked #14,638 of 22,202 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$32 - US$50
Cuisines: European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Notting Hill
Cross street: Westbourne Grove
Transit: Notting Hill Gate tube is a 5 to 8 minute walk from us.
Description: Beach Blanket Babylon Notting Hill is a townhouse serving quality British food and inspired cocktails from lunch till late. Our menus update seasonally and our venue is perfect for exploring Baroque, Rococo led design and our Ballroom hosts the best banquets around. Grand fireplaces, glistening chandeliers and exceptional food and drink make us the place to be to take in the sheer decadence of it all.
London, United Kingdom
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272 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Pretty place but terrible service and poor food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

We went there for lunch and the restaurant was not busy. The first cause came and was nice but after and hour we had to start chasing for our main course. Mine was a hamburger o it wasn't complicated. When it came it was dry and the chips were so crispy you could not put a fork into them. Using fingers over a business meal is a no no.

No time for desert so we got the bill which again took ages to come and then we sat waiting for someone to process the credit card to not avail so eventually we went to the bar and told them to sort it out

  • Visited August 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 21Davids22
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Bob F, Public Relations Manager at Beach Blanket Babylon, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Thank you for the feedback following your recent visit to BBB Notting Hill; we understand you may have had some problems with the food and service and we want to assure you that your comments have been passed on to the relevant managers for review.
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Shannon, Ireland
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Tasty Cocktails!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

Stopped in for a cocktail before dinner reservations at a different restaurant. The atmosphere is fun, and the decor is so cute. Cocktails were fab!

Visited August 2014
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Bob F, Public Relations Manager at Beach Blanket Babylon, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Thank you for the positive feedback following your recent visit to BBB Notting Hill; we're pleased to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the cocktails! We'd love to see you again soon and perhaps stay with us for some dinner?
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Sydney, Australia
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155 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Everything I wanted it to be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

I'd first seen BBB when walking through Notting Hill in 2006 with a friend who was having a rare afternoon away from her kids and thought it was an interior design store but quickly realised it was a very cool bar/restaurant housed in an old mansion. We stopped for a gin and tonic.
Eight years later, my husband and I booked dinner here through Open Table on a special rate of 2 courses and a glass of prosecco for 23 pounds (Sun-Wed).
He was impressed as soon as we walked through the front bar with gleaming chandeliers, flickering candles, framed mirrors, and oh yes, beautiful people. BBB has several rooms, all decorated in different styles and we were in what looked like the white brick Turkish hamman interior one, sharing it with four other tables, one of which was a large group of stylish 60-somethings who were having a whale of a time.
We shared the Charcuterie plate for two for entree, and each had the Crispy Duck for main, all of which was delicious. Our waiter was lovely and was very attentive.
Yes, you could spend a lot of money here but the atmosphere is worth it.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank visitrequisites
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Bob F, Public Relations Manager at Beach Blanket Babylon, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thank you for the positive feedback following your recent visit to BBB Notting Hill; we're pleased to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the food! Please do come back and visit us again soon.
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Fleet, UK
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Exquisite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Enjoyed a recent lunch here with my daughter. Lovely ambience to this restaurant lovely surroundings. The staff were wonderful, attentive and friendly. We had a little tour of the restaurant and were very impressed with all the different themed rooms. Although somewhat pricey the food was of excellent quality and offered a good choice of menu at lunchtime.
I would love to go back, perhaps for dinner on the next occasion.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank UKNiclak
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Bob F, Public Relations Manager at Beach Blanket Babylon, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thank you for the positive feedback following your recent visit to BBB Notting Hill; we're pleased to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the food! Please do come back and visit us again soon, perhaps for dinner next time?
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Food, wine and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

I am a returning customer to BBB, I stopped going years ago because it lost what it had! BUT NOW it is a truly amazing bar and restaurant.
The food was excellent, service impeccable and wine was out of this world. Marco and Stefano have put together a top quality fine wine list that will blow away your pallet.
Highly recommend Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill Gate

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bob F, Public Relations Manager at Beach Blanket Babylon, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thank you Pina, for the positive feedback following your recent visit to BBB Notting Hill; we're pleased to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the wine list! Please do come back and visit us again soon.
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