Here are four favourite inexpensive Notting Hill lunch spots for you to enjoy …
Book and Kitchen is great because, with all this sunshine (ha ha ha!), you can sit outside in the pretty courtyard at the back and have a light lunch, until the 17th August that is, after that it will only be serving lunches at the weekends. bookandkitchen
Burnt, under the Westway in the Westbank Gallery. This not only has the most delicious food by Michelin trained chef Finlay Logan, with tastebud ticklers like hot octopus crudo (pic above, £6.50) and smoked mackerel, apple, sprouting seeds and spinach salad (£7.50). Mmm.
Fez Mangal. Oh Fez Mangal. Great Turkish food on Ladbroke Grove, opposite and down a bit from the tube. Usually the best place for a take-away, but you can eat in, and if you want a glass of wine you have to take your own. It is so delicious. fezmangal
Also, have to mention the best felafel place in the area. Felafel King on Portobello Road just north of the Westway. Try it once and be forever hooked.
Please note, first choice always is Books for Cooks, which is now closed until the beginning of September. When you are home from the holiday though, a place to enjoy. Don’t forget you have to arrive at the Blenheim Crescent bookshop at 11.45am, bag a table and then sit calmly, with no dribbling, until lunch is served at midday. There are three completely delicious courses for under a tenner, though if you really are strict with yourself you could miss out the pudding which is always a selection of cakes. That would be sad and a missed moment of pure delight. booksforcooks