La Gaffe has been a northwest London institution since 1962, when it opened its doors as a French restaurant. Since then La Gaffe has toyed with offering a comprehensive seafood restaurant experience, expanded its Heath Street premises to include both guest accommodation and a wine bar, before finally settling on serving up peerless Italian cuisine to Hampstead locals and discerning London diners, winning awards along the way. La Gaffe still offers fantastically good value guest rooms, but it’s the restaurant and its classically-structured Italian menu that has us coming back for more!
While La Gaffe is one of London’s best guest accommodation gaffs, set as it is up Heath Street close to verdant Hampstead Heath itself, its role as a superb local wine bar and enoteca, and refined Italian restaurant, pulls it head and shoulders above other London institutions offering a full hospitality experience. And an institution it certainly is, having been on the block for over 50 years. This kind of pedigree is hard to beat, and any gourmet worth his rock salt is advised to pay La Gaffe a visit.
With an excellent location in Hampstead, close to many northwest London landmarks and the heath just up the road, proprietors Bernardo and Androulla Stella are always pleased to welcome newcomers to their venerable Italian restaurant. Expect a menu packed with classics of the bel paese, from premium antipasti platters to hearty, rustic main courses drawn from the annals of regional Italian cookery. Winning awards for their commitment to quality Italian cuisine (Cuoco D’Oro, London Evening Standard Top Ten nomination, AA Dinner), the Stellas are set to introduce La Gaffe’s inimitable dining experience to a whole new generation.
As always lovely food and friendly service. We went for lunch for my father’s birthday and we all really enjoyed our meal. The prices are very reasonable too.
A very enjoyable evening Good menu choice. All food freshly prepared. A Great wine list. Friendly staff. Delicious food and excellent service. Would highly recommend.
Amazing food and hospitality. The Crème Brûlée is the best and finest we have ever eaten. The service is done with a big smile- nothing is too much trouble.
This place is very special to my husband and I. The food was really delicious and the waiting staff were friendly and helpful. A quaint romantic setting. We only really visit once a year on our anniversary but always look forward our evening.
Have been to La Gaffe many time. Always a lovely welcome, great food and always so kind to our 9 year old daughter. We will be back.
The starter was big and very well presented. In the main course my calf liver was slightly overdone, as nobody asked me how I like it to be done, but courgettes and dophinoise potatoes were excellent. We shall definitely come again.
I'm Italian and with all the respect I had the worse italian dinner ever. It's not authentic at all....The wine was good though and the portions were quite big.