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people The restaurateur “The great thing about living round here is that everything you could possibly need can easily be reached on foot”

Since it opened at the end of last year, Granger & Co. has become one of Notting Hill’s most talked-about eateries. The hottest new hangout for locals, it’s been setting the whole area abuzz for months. So what is it about this restaurant that’s creating such excitement? That would have to be Bill Granger himself. Granger is already a huge success in his native Australia. The Westbourne Grove site is his seventh restaurant, and his first in London – in fact, his first in Europe (he has three in Sydney and three in Japan). Known for his easy manner and laid-back approach to cooking, he is a truly likeable character, and that comes through in his food. There’s no fuss here, just an “unpretentious neighbourhood restaurant” with great home cooking. Though he may not be a born-and-bred local, Bill definitely did his homework before opening up in west London. He moved his entire family to Notting Hill in 2009 and spent two years getting to know the area first. “I thought I had to live in the neighbourhood for a while to see what was needed, and what my own response was going to be,” he has said about the venture. “The great thing about living round here is that everything you could possibly need can easily be reached on foot. There’s a fantastic food culture,

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