Situated directly outside the District Line station at Kew, The Glasshouse ensures that lunch guests feel they have travelled a little out of town on a special excursion.
It is a small restaurant where the famous can go about their business undisturbed. Des Lynam, Sarah Lancashire, Tim Henman and Aled Jones can all be seen dining here.
The restaurant is cosy but not cramped, the decor simple. Wooden floors, lots of windows and light walls make for an uplifting and relaxing ambience on rainy lunchtimes.
None of this detracts from the restaurant's cuisine - one of the signature dishes is warm salad of wood pigeon with a deep-fried truffled egg. Slow roast pork belly with morteau sausage, apple tarte fine, choucroute, prunes and crispy ham can be rounded off with a coconut pannacotta with banana compote and toffee popcorn.
Flavours can be a little rich and deep for some guests, but chef Anthony Boyd's skill at putting these flavours together delicately helps to create a modern twist on good old country fare.
It is definitely a lunch not to be rushed and one for those special occasions when you have lots to discuss or lots to catch up on.
Where: 14 Station Parade, Kew, TW9 3PZ Contact: 020 8940 6777 How much: £55-60 including wine