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Fast approaching its third decade, this grande dame of Chelsea restaurants is as “faultless”’ as ever, according to one regular. Housed in the magnificent art-deco building that once served as Michelin HQ, the first-floor dining room is a picture with its iconic stained glass windows, mosaics and 1930s posters. Long-serving chef Matthew Harris, who has now left, could trace his roots back to Simon Hopkinson’s famous stint here. The kitchen is now headed up by Peter Robinson, previously at Cornwall's Hotel Tresanton. Expect timeless flavours and gutsy portions rather than fancy modern frippery. You might start with a perfectly baked lobster and saffron tart before sampling a slab of turbot with beurre blanc and chives or the iconic roast chicken with tarragon. From there, explore the superlative cheeseboard or take the sweet route for blackcurrant and port jelly with madeleines and crème Chantilly. “Smooth” suited staff make everything seem effortless, and the 800-bin wine list is a glory to behold.


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Essential Details for Bibendum

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: Chelsea
  • Price: £65.00
  • Wine: £23.00
  • Champagne: £50.00
  • Lunch: £25/29.50 (2/3 courses)

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