Whilst we hear of the doom and gloom in the London restaurant scene, it seems that all is not lost. As more of our hard-earned goes from our wallets towards the pensions of dodgy bankers, we are increasingly visiting local venues in search of a good night and some money left over. Residents of Chelsea are probably the last people to need such a place, but with Chelsea Bar & Bistro they have just got one.
Chelsea Bar & Bistro is an all singing, all dancing, triple level playground housed inside the walls of Chelsea’s historic World’s End Distillery. The ground floor houses the lively Lounge Bar, an area just as suited to a quick pint or a night of top notch cocktail consumption; the lower ground floor has a number of very cool private rooms all kitted out with lavish furnishings, video, music and karaoke facilities; and the simple, bistro style restaurant is on the top floor.
The well priced menu has a distinctly French brasserie influence and places strong emphasis on quality ingredients. Starters were a dish of fresh tasting Poached Scottish salmon with smoked salmon rillettes and a hearty, meaty Chicken hash. This was followed by mains of Grilled Corn-fed chicken and a brave dish of Lamb’s sweetbreads, Bacon, Mint & Peas which was tender, delicate and delicious. Ms Pancake and I finished by a sharing a rich chocolate mousse and a feeling of satisfaction from a well accomplished meal.
Cuisine: Modern European
Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks): £50
Chelsea Bar & Bistro
459 Kings Road Chelsea
London SW10 0LR
Tel: 0207 368 7528