Brinkley's 1

47 Hollywood Road , London, SW10 9HX

Brinkley's

SquareMeal Review of Brinkley's

Have you ever wondered what an unscripted episode of Made in Chelsea would look like? We reckon it would be pretty close to the scenes played out at this perennial local hangout on a nightly basis. Brinkley’s offer hasn’t changed in years, but its tried-and-tested formula of matching crowd-pleasing food with cut-price fine wines still attracts the well-groomed Chelsea set, who throw generous helpings of buzz and glamour into the mix. The food isn’t particularly refined, but when the people-watching is as rewarding as it is here, you won’t spend much time looking at your plate anyway. Avocado, mozzarella and tomato salad, chicken satay, merguez sausages with couscous, Brinkley burgers and seared tuna niçoise typify the classic menu, which is handled with due professionalism and skill. On balmy evenings, check out Brinkley’s Garden in what was the Wine Gallery next door.


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9.0

Food & Drink: 8.7

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 9.7

Value: 7.7

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

James W. 27 March 2012

CONSISTENTLY excellent food. Best pork and crackling I can remember the other day. Sunday roast always superb. And always pretty girls wafting around. What's not to like? Jimmy Wooster

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Andrea U. 21 March 2012

Excellent wine. Food is consistently good and service is unfailing. Always an inviting, lively atmosphere that is guaranteed to draw you back. Chocolate lover or not, I highly recommend the chocolate mousse. It is irresistible to say the least.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 1.0

BoatLady platinum reviewer 03 February 2012

This is drinking/dining for grown-ups with grown-up salaries in Chelsea. The atmosphere is friendly and lively, with a slight end-of-term feeling, a survivors' camaraderie, a kind of if you've made it here then you're “in the club”, you're “one of us” welcome. Sadly, if you sit down to a meal in the back here the food will not match up to the atmosphere or the prices charged. Black linguine was overcooked (albeit with lovely scallops), my chocolate brownie good (but difficult to get wrong), the cheeseplate my 2 friends shared looked a bit stingy. OK we had a couple of bottles of decent Pinot Noir between the 3 of us but still the £60 bill each was a shock for what we'd had. Waitresses are efficient although I suspect they are picked primarily on their abilities to flirt with the older, male clientele, skills which were much in evidence last night. I'd recommend coming here for a few quiet drinks, staying in the bar to munch a starter size nibble which you'll need to soak up some of the slightly louder drinks which inevitably followed the quiet drinks, and stumbling out into the night at the point you realise you won't remember the conversation you're having at the bar with the hedge-fund manager/trustafarian/Dad in the morning anyway. This approach has worked well for me in the past, better than the disappointing dining experience of last night.

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