Imagine taking the quality one would expect of Michelin-starred cuisine, the charm of the Parisian bistro, and bringing it to already popular local London premises at affordable prices. Mill Lane Bistro’s proprietor Cyril imagined just that, and has made the dream a reality along West Hampstead’s Mill Lane, easily accessible from West Hampstead station. With plenty of experience backing the ambition (Cyril has previously worked at gastronomic powerhouses such as the Hotel de Crillon, La Tour d’Argent, Tom Aikens and Scott’s of Mayfair), Mill Lane Bistro exceeds expectations.
Come the weekend, Mill Lane Bistro is quietly humming with guests enjoying a classic Gallic petit dejeuner. For many West Hampstead locals, breakfast at this Mill Lane eatery is a regular affair, but of course it’s merely a humble introduction to a quietly triumphant menu that bears the stamp of its curator Cyril’s French heritage and passion for French-style cuisine, not to mention his experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris and in London. The a la carte menu is judicious and surprisingly affordable; changing with the seasons, it’s not only as fresh as can be, but also inspires loyalty amongst those who’ve happened upon this gem just a short stroll from West Hampstead tube station.
Mill Lane Bistro’s premises are themselves part of this eatery’s allure. Set along a terraced row from which the bistro takes its name, West Hampstead’s Mill Lane, the writing on the wall quite literally indicates that you’ve stumbled upon a Parisian bar au vin in northwest London. Indeed, come winter months, there’s nothing better than taking a fireside seat in the very cosy Mill Lane Bistro and enjoying a drop from the well-stocked wine cellar (the French dominate, naturally) accompanied by the generous homemade charcuterie board or the French cheese board, and perhaps a couple of other friends, too, to allow for conversation.
wonderfully prepared meal, highly recommend..persoal service, descreet, well priced pleasant atmosphere will definately be going here again..away from the bustle of west hampstead..great! can't wait to fo again
The food, wine and ambiance were lovely, and the service as always was exemplary!! We love going there and look forward to returning again soon.
Wonderful food, beautifully presented,staff polite and attentive and a terrific atmosphere. We had not visited before and were delighted with everything- we shall certainly visit again.
Fairly traditional but excellent French cooking. Good service. Good bistro-style ambience. Reasonable prices (£40 - £50 with plenty of decent wine). Dishes tried and enjoyed: moules, cured salmon, rillettes plate, artichoke melt, venison, bouillabaisse, surf & turf (a la Francais). One particular positive is that, although this is a mid-priced French restaurant, with well-chosen mid-priced wines (around £25 - £35), there are also a couple of finer bottles on the list (£45 - £60) should one be so disposed; I find this is often lacking in small diners when they are sourced from a single supplier.
We had a very enjoyable dinner here a few months ago, but our New Year's Eve dinner was not nearly as good. We were rushed through the meal(7pm reservation, finishing before 8:30), our main course (venison) was overcooked, the sides were average and the dessert (rum baba) was cold and hard. I'm sure it was just an issue of service on such a busy evening, but it was disappointing. I would go back on a regular evening, but not on a fixed menu night like this again.
Lovely food ,great service,food piping hot and very tasty, wine was very nice would definitely go back again,but maybe at a later time as it was a bit quiet,
Great food, lovely local atmosphere and nice wine. A French oasis in the heart of North West London. Recommended for anyone who enjoys classic French cuisin
pastry limp, otherwise food OK. cheerful friendly service. I have already sent a review in once and cannot stretch another one to twenty five words