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It's a credit to the Bumpkin mini-chain that it manages to pull off its ‘country restaurant in the city' vibe without coming across as either too corporate or twee. Readers adore the branches for
their ‘delicious' cooking and ‘homely', stripped-wood interiors – although the splurges of colour and deliberately folksy knick-knacks can be a bit OTT. Menu headings underline the kitchen's
patriotic credo: ‘from British fields' might turn up a Gressingham duck salad with carrot, walnut and ginger cake, while ‘from British shores' could feature sustainably sourced Torbay sole with
lemon and caper sauce. Pies, cheeses and puddings shamelessly wave the Union Jack, Sunday roasts get the thumbs-up from young families, and English bottles even sneak onto the wine list. Service
can struggle at peak times, but Bumpkin still ‘ticks all the right boxes'.
A couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to receive an email from Square Meal inviting me to one of their blogger dinners. We were asked to join them at Bumpkin in Chelsea to sample the new spring summer menu.I was totally thrilled and beyond excited!The day of the dinner dawned and due to my impeccable timing skills, which I have inherited from my parents (thanks guys), I ended up being almost half an hour late practically screaming at the taxi driver to go faster. I was off to a good start running into the restaurant and totally not keeping my cool...
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I admit it, I do occasionally judge a book by its cover! Yes, I tend to assume that Hugo Carbine-Smyth probably went to a nice university – may live South of the River – could even go home to his parents in their country pile. Therefore, when I was invited to a blogger event at Bumpkin in Chelsea – I wondered if I was wandering into a twee overprice haven for the terminally privileged. However, I can say not only was I pleasantly surprised but pretty blown away with not only the food but also the staff (how lovely is Katia? – hope I spelt that right)I arrived having trotted quickly through Chelsea (only getting marginally lost, due to my sense of direction which resembles a slightly dyslexic lemming) and found a restaurant which I can only describe as designed by Alice in Wonderland. Grass inside, an adorable Gnome on the table and little glasses of Pimms which did everything but come with a dormouse and a label that said drink me. With my events hat on, I could definitely see an afternoon tea for a select group of ladies with a few glasses of bubbles. Maybe a haven from the football?...
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Kia ora, so finally after weeks of waiting I hit this popular Chelsea eating spot, this time with an entourage of London-town Food Bloggers! Now if you haven't guessed already it was an event organised by leading restaurant commentators, Square Meal, and the lovely folk at Bumpkin restaurant. Although this was by invitation, (hint: I didn't pay zip, nudder, null) to be honest, I totally lucked-out here. Bumpkin is exactly the place I love to eat, and exactly where I would normally go had I known about it previously and for that I am grateful to Square Meal in choosing to invite me along :)...
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As much as I want to explore more of London my food map is sadly still mainly focused around Soho and eastward with the occasional escapes to Mayfair/Notting Hill/Kensington for something over the top. The thing with London is that you don’t have to leave your area and still have more than enough good options no matter what you want to eat. So when I received an email from Square Meal about a blogger dinner at Bumpkin in Chelsea I got a good excuse to visit a more relaxed restaurant the other side of town.There are 4 Bumpkins around London: Notthing Hill, Chelsea, South Kensington and Westfield Stratford. The Chelsea branch has an outside dining area which is quite nice when the weather allows. About 10 people were gathered for this event, all new faces, all curious of what the evening might entail. The evening started with Pimm’s cocktails which together with the relaxed surroundings in the garden reinforced the arrival of summer. Judging by the crowd this evening it seems to be a popular place for families living in the area. The food at Bumpkin is centered around British produce presented with classic cooking...
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I felt most important last night as I was invited to my first ever blogger event - supper in the gorgeous secret garden at Bumpkin in Chelsea, organised by Square Meal (my favourite website / my bible). I used to go to the Bumpkin in South Ken regularly for lunch as it was pretty kid friendly, uses superior British seasonal ingredients and most importantly I always enjoyed the burger and mac and cheese (no surprise there)! The Bumpkin in Chelsea opened around a year ago and has been on my restaurant list since, mainly because of it's super pretty garden, a great contrast to the cosy setting of the actual inside restaurant (although both inside and out are really romantic with their twinkling fairy lights). As you might know from my earlier blogpost on The Phene one of my guilty pleasures is Made in Chelsea and so when they recently filmed at Bumpkin, I wanted to go even more!!Anyway I was really nervous about going for supper with a group of people I didn't know, which was a bit silly as we were all food bloggers, so obviously had lots in common, and we started off the evening with a deliciously refreshing glass of Pimms and some great restaurant chat.The Pimms went down very well!After a couple of glasses we sat down and looked at the menu - being the little piglet that I am, I had already asked Square Meal for a copy that morning which I had been drooling over all day. I was still undecided what to eatâ¦.I wanted it all to be honest. With the starters I was torn between the Pan Fried Scottish Queen Scallops with Chilled Pea Soup and Crispy Bacon or the Smoked Ham Hock Terrine, Crispy Crackling and Dill Pickles or even the sharing platter of BBQ Pork Ribsâ¦.it was a toughie!For mains I obviously wanted the Angus Beef Burger with Triple Cooked Chips and Salad or the Slow Braised Short Beef Rib with Baked Cauliflower Cheese was also very temptingâ¦decisions decisions.In the end on the recommendation of our very helpful waitress I chose the Dressed Cornish Crab with Avruga Caviar on Toast followed by the 10oz Rose Veal Chop with Mushroom, Tarragon and Anchovy Sauce with Mac and Cheese on the side (natch)!While we waited for our starters we tried a trio of juices - firstly was a Vitamin Booster with Grapefruit, Carrot and Ginger. This had a real kick to it and I could tell it was doing my body some good! The Body Hydrate of Watermelon, Cucumber and Mint tasted absolutely delicious and the last one Cool Cucumber with Cucumber, Apple and Lime Juice was incredibly refreshing.Once in an hour of need after weeks of gorging I did a week of the juice diet - these tasted far better than anything I ever made!It wasn't long before our starters arrived and I couldn't have been happier with my choice (I think lots of people had major food envy) - my crab looked incredible. It was HUGE which is not normally the case with crab (and reasonably priced which I have never experienced before). Lots of crab, egg, salad and mayonnaise all neatly presented in the shell with two round pieces of toast with caviar. I can easily say it was the best crab starter I have had in a very long time and I always choose crab in restaurants as it is not something I am brave enough to do at home. An excellent choice!!I was also equally overjoyed when my main course turned up. A hearty veal chop cooked perfectly pink covered with various mushrooms (unfortunately I am not knowledgeable enough to tell what type of mushrooms there were other than delicious)!It was all beautifully presented with a mini saucepan of the mushroom, tarragon and anchovy sauce on the side. I didn't hold back and dolloped it all on my veal and tucked in.It was incredible - I had to stop myself from gnawing at the bone! I felt like I was going to explode but I could not stop myself eating the entire dish as the meat was so tender and soft and the sauce delectable. It is obvious that Bumpkin use only the best British suppliers. As I mentioned I also ordered the mac and cheese (I probably should have gone for a healthier option of vegetablesâ¦but you only live once) and I was exceptionally pleased with my choice (again) as it was five starâ¦.and I am a mac and cheese professional!! The perfect balance of cheese, cream and pasta.I am not one for puddings and normally go for cheese, but even I couldn't fathoma cheese board after all I had devoured. Myself and my fellow blogger the Gluten Free Foodie decided to share a pudding (for research purposes obviously) and we went for the Summer Berries, Cream, Lemon Curd and Meringue and an Espresso Martiniâ¦we needed to go out with a bang!A perfect way to round off an exquisite meal - the meringue, lemon curd, cream and berries all complimented each other and tasted deliciousâ¦.it has definitely made me rethink my attitude to puddingsâ¦watch out waist line! Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to enjoy my espresso martini as Pascal had got carried away in the city and not arrived home to relieve the babysitterâ¦.typicalâ¦so I had to abruptly leave the meal much to my disappointment. Despite my nerves beforehand I had a thoroughly good time. A beautiful setting - once the sun went down, the fairy lights came out and the garden felt magical and it was hard to believe you were in the centre of London. The food and wine were delicious, I had eaten enough to feed a small family. The service was attentive, polite and knowledgeable and the company was fantastic - it was great to meet some fellow food obsessives.I now look forward to introducing Bumpkin Chelsea to my buddiesâ¦.although I certainly won't be wearing tight jeans when I go, as with food like that I will definitely be overindulging againâ¦.it is impossible not to!!Bumpkin Chelsea119 Sydney Street,LondonSW3 6NRTel: 020 3730 9344Email: [email protected]
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Bumpkin is a mini-chain of restaurants operating in Central London; British produce is central to their food philosophy and they ensure that all ingredients are ethically sourced and sustainable. Having been to Bumpkin in Kensington, I expected a similar dining room. But I was wrong, Bumpkin isn't like your average chain of restaurants, each one has an individual style and design. Where Bumpkin Kensington is larger and pub-like, the main dining of Bumpkin Chelsea was rather smaller, cosy and quite romantic with lights twinkling in the window. And outside there's a gorgeous little secret garden...
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Reminiscent of more traditional English countryside restaurants, Bumpkin offers refuge from the contrasting surroundings of London, as it sits just off the lively Fulham Road. With the dining facilities spread over three separate areas, Bumpkin’s highlights include The Secret Garden outside (with access to The Chelsea Gardener), as well as a charming secluded top-floor function room, dubbed The Botany Club...
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