Being an East end girl, I rarely go to West London for lunch or dinner, and realising I am missing a trick we decided to take a Boris bike over to fashionable Chelsea. As winter was drawing in we felt like going to a cosy gastro pub and The Phene sounded like the perfect place.
Located in SW3, the building dates back to 1853. With a cosy yet modern décor this place is perfect for a Sunday lunch or casual catch up with friends after work. The Phene is separated into three; a bar area for drinks and nibbles, the restaurant area for dining only and an outside terrace area with heaters – we went for the warmer climes of the restaurant itself.
We were slightly early for the next sitting but the waiters were great and managed to find us a seat in the dining area as the bar was rather crowded. While waiting for the kitchen to open we immersed ourselves into the wine and cocktail menu which was extensive. We started with a cocktail – raspberry, coconut and basil smash – and ordered a few nibbles to keep us going. This is just the place that you can while away a whole afternoon lazily eating and drinking with good friends.
For food we decided on the beef carpaccio and crab salad as starter, followed by a burger and roast chicken with croquette and tabbouleh. The menu changes regularly, with the seasons, the availability, and whim of the chef. The food portions were generous and perfectly cooked. With the wine and the food we were stuffed – happy but stuffed.
This is the perfect place to go to for a casual lunch or celebratory get together with friends. It was certainly worth the trip West and has made me more determined to make more of an effort in the future.
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