There’s no doubt Ealing has its fair share of wonderful independent eateries, but when it comes to fine dining, Charlotte's Place comes top of our list.
This charming local hangout was opened by the restaurant’s namesake, Charlotte Kearns and her husband John in 1984. After after nearly 20 years, the restaurant as it was known closed and subsequently reopened under the ownership of local resident, Alex Wrethman in 2005.
After complete refurbishment, modernisation and rebranding, Alex and his team worked hard to maintain and further the restaurant’s reputation under the eagle eye of Ealing’s discerning foodies. Ten years on, there is no doubt the restaurant has truly earned its merit, having won various food and wine awards, as well as an excellent reputation amongst locals. Growing and firmly bedding in to its picturesque Ealing Common setting.
In 2010 the restaurant’s success was fully affirmed when sister eatery, Charlotte’s Bistro opened its doors in Chiswick. Even more exciting for Ealing Broadway’s food scene is news that Charlotte’s W5 will open this Spring in Dickens Yard. This new addition to the Charlotte Family will be sited in the former fire station and stable blocks which date back to 1888. Plans show an 188 cover restaurant, which includes an outdoor dining area.
We digress, back to Charlotte’s Place. The kitchen is led by newly appointed Head Chef, Lee Cadden. Lee and his team strive to develop new and innovative Modern British dishes every month, with an emphasis on using the best local and seasonal produce on offer. The restaurant also strongly believes in running the business sustainably, from food sourcing to menu printing.
And to the food! This month be tempted by a starter of Cured Foie Gras, Duck Ham, Grape and Celariac. Followed by Smoked Ricotta, Sherry Glazed Beets, Roasted Cauliflower and Cashew. Then treat yourself to Apple Dauphinoise, Honeycomb and Parsnip. Tease your taste buds and cast your eye over this month’s full menu. Not to forget the restaurant’s monthly wine recommendations.
If you haven’t been, you must, and if you have, the ever changing menu is all you need as an excuse to go back. Sit yourself on the ground floor to appreciate the lovely view of Ealing Common, or get cosy and relax downstairs. We can guarantee your biggest worry will be trying to decide which delicious dish to choose.
16 St. Matthew’s Road,
Ealing, W5 3JT